Sermons

Romans - Spirit

Romans - Spirit
Oct 2018 - Jan 2019
In chapter 7 of Romans, we are exposed to the personal and universal struggle of every Christian with sin. While the war is over and Christ has defeated Satan, sin, and death, there is still a battle that rages in every Christian. And while the chapter ends with a triumphant note, we may want to hear more of that song.

Enter Romans 8 . In this chapter, Paul will go on to tell us about the new connection and power that every Christian possesses. And how the third person of the Triune God is involved with you, personally.

Sermons in this series

Romans 1 to 8 Recap
Sun, Jan 06, 2019
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. - Romans 8:29–30 (ESV) When it comes to cars there are people that want to know all the specs and there are those that just want it to run. (The details of horsepower, fuel injection, compression ration, head pressure, and gear ratio are music to some people's ears. To others that list sounded like a bunch of words that were indistinguishable from a flux capacitor or oil flange.) At one level both those positions work with a car. Even knowing a little about a car can help you maintain it. And give you some basic understanding when something goes wrong. Theology, and specifically the gospel, are a little different. We may just want it 'to work'. Understanding what God has done in Christ is critical not only in our initial profession of faith, but for our ongoing growth, trust, and rest in Christ. Through our series in Romans we have been taking a look under the hood of salvation. Maybe you have missed some parts. Maybe you don't see the big picture. Maybe in all the craziness of the last few months it all seems a bit fuzzy. This week before we dive into Romans 9-11, we are going to try to get the big picture. I'm going to attempt to review the first 8 chapters of Romans. This will get us oriented and ready to tackle this important section in Romans 9-11 and help us see the connections and arguments that Paul has been laying out. Will you take a few minutes to read through Romans 1-8 in the next couple days? Also, this is a great time to invite someone to join you. This message will attempt to lay out the grand scope of God's gospel work. It should be a great Sunday. See you at 10:30.
A Sure Hope in a World of Suffering
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. - Romans 8:18–19 (ESV) One of the biggest obstacles for many when considering Christianity is the pain and suffering that we see around us. Globally we see and read about famines, wars, or worse. But most of us identify with this painful world in much more personal ways. Our lives seem like a trail of suffering and pain punctuated with only brief, fleeting moments of joy. So when Christians describe God as good and filled with love for us, I can understand the discontinuity this presents. This week Paul addresses not only our personal distress but the global pain. And in fact, in one aspect he points to God as the cause of this futility. But it is meaningless. Take a few minutes to read through Romans 8. Slow down and focus on the last half (Romans 8:18-39). And join us this Sunday as we unpack it.
From Debtor to Son to Heir
Sun, Nov 04, 2018
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. - Romans 8:15–17 (ESV) Adoption is a concept that is personal to me. I'm a second generation product of adoption. My mother was adopted. I can't imagine what her life would have been like without the kindness, love, and sacrifices my grandparents made. When Paul writes that the Spirit confirms our position with God by bringing us through adoption it comes with some added personal significance. As he says in this passage, it not only changes who you are and how you relate to God, but also how you respond to Him. I hope you plan to join us on Sunday as we continue to unfold this amazing chapter of Romans 8.
No Condemnation - Part 2
Sun, Oct 21, 2018
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. - Romans 8:9–10 (ESV) Most Christians don't really know what to do with the Holy Spirit. We believe that the supernatural exists, but most of the time we sequester this supernatural to the spectacular (or spooky) either in the pursuit or denial of it. The work of the Spirit is greater and more regular then we realize. This week we continue through Romans 8 and we will begin to see how the Spirit is involved in our salvation from the very beginning. Take some time this week to read through Romans 8 again looking for the Spirit's work and the security He provides.
No Condemnation - Part 1
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. - Romans 8:1–2 (ESV) In chapter 7 of Romans, we are exposed to the personal and universal struggle of every Christian with sin. While the war is over and Christ has defeated Satan, sin, and death, there is still a battle that rages in every Christian. And while the chapter ends with a triumphant note, we may want to hear more of that song. Enter Romans 8. In this chapter, Paul will go on to tell us about the new connection and power that every Christian possesses. And how the third person of the Triune God is involved with you, personally. This chapter has been called one of the greatest in the Bible. And an encouraging assurance to what God has accomplished through Christ and applied by the Spirit to us. Take a few minutes to read through it before Sunday. And come ready to worship together. Also, don't stop reading here. Check out the rest of what is going on around Hope.
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