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03.21.21 | From Faith to Faith


James Granger

ROMANS 8:1-18

The Gospel liberates us from the weight and consequences of sin. As a follower of Christ do you live like you are a free person? Pastor James Granger reminds us that left alone in our sin, we are condemned to death, but in Christ we have life. We can live, knowing that the suffering of this life will end in eternal glory with Jesus.

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Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:1-4

For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit. Now the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace. The mindset of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law. Indeed, it is unable to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:5-8

You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you.

So then, brothers and sisters, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, because if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
Romans 8:9-17

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
1 Peter 1:3-4

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.
Romans 8:18

A significant number of believers in God find their faith shaken or destroyed when they learn that they will die at a time and in a way that seems unfair to them. Religious faith does not automatically provide tangible solace in times of crisis. A belief in God does not become spontaneously comforting and existentially strengthening. - Tim Keller

Talk about a time when you were accused of doing something that you did not do. How did you feel? What was your response?

Is your tendency more toward self-condemnation or toward the condemnation of others?

What are some of the ways you “beat yourself up,” or develop an attitude of condemnation toward others? How can you remember and apply the truth of Romans 8:1 in these moments?

Describe the impact of God’s grace in your life. How should knowing your are saved for eternity affect the way you live today?

What have been your circumstances of suffering? What impact did these events have on your heart, your mind, and your faith? How have you seen God’s faithfulness through these circumstances?

What specific person(s) would you like to tell about Jesus? What holds you back? Take a few minutes with your Life Group to pray by name for unbelievers you have connections with.