The New Life 4: What About the Law?
Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 7:7–7:12
The Apostle Paul has thoroughly laid out the case that salvation cannot be obtained by obedience to the Law. He has defeated every possible attempt by sinners to rest in their works, showing from Old Testament history, the covenant, and the nature of grace that hoping in the Law is vain. Does that mean that the Law has no use? There are some that take that view, saying that the Law serves no purpose except to distract us from what is important. But Paul is thankful for the Law because it showed him the depth of his sin. Without the Law, he would never have known the power that sin had over his life. If we want to understand our new life in Christ, it is important that we ask this question “The New Life 4: What About the Law?” (Romans 7:7-12).
I. The Misconception of the Law
A. The Law Leads to Salvation
B. The Law is Sinful
C. The Law is Superficial
II. The Proper Conception of the Law
A. The Law Reveals Sin
B. The Law Arouses Sin
C. The Law Reflects God
Questions for consideration: (1) Why do you think Paul believes it is necessary to continue to repeat himself that salvation cannot be found through works of the Law? (2) In what way are you tempted to view the Law as only applying superficially to your life? (3) Why is the Law important for you as you live by faith as a Christian?