Life in the Spirit
Life Group Questions
- What does this passage tell us about the heart of God?
- Share your testimony with those in your life group. (Read Romans 8:1-2)
- Read verse 4. What would it look like to live according to the flesh? In contrast, to live according to the Spirit?
- Share a way our life group can pray for you to stop living in accordance with the flesh, and in that area to start living according to the Spirit. (Remember verse 1 as you do this!)
- Read Romans 8:5-8 & Romans 12:1-2. How does your mind play into living in the Spirit? How have you seen that this week?
- Read verse 6. Where do you see that life and peace?
- When you become a child of God, what changes as you enter into the family of God? (vs. 12-17)
- Pastor Luke shared an illustration about adoption in this sermon. Did that have an effect on you and what the term adoption means in Scripture?
Sermon Notes and Scripture
“This is one of the great chapters of the Bible… It begins with “no condemnation”, and ends with “no separation.””
- LIVING IN THE SPIRIT IS A LIFE THAT IS FREED.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh,4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. – Romans 8:1-4
- LIVING IN THE SPIRIT IS A MIND THAT IS TRANSFORMED.
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. – Romans 8:5-8
- The Sinful Nature:
- The mind of the sinful person is death (v. 6)
- Their mind is hostile to God (v. 7)
- Their mind is controlled by the sinful nature (v. 8)
- The mind of a sinful person cannot please God (v. 8)
- The Spirit:
- Their mind is set on what the Spirit desires (v. 5)
- The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace (v. 6) ‘
2 Corinthians 10:5
5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:5
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. – Romans 12:2
- LIVING IN THE SPIRIT IS LIVING A NEW LIFE.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. – Romans 8:9-11
- LIVING IN THE SPIRIT IS LIVING IN A NEW FAMILY.
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. – Romans 8:12-17
“God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” – Romans 8:14-15