Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 8:1–8:4
In chapter 7 of Romans, Paul reminds us that believers still struggle against sin because sin remains in the believer, even though its power has been defeated. In chapter 8, Paul then turns to describe the victory that the Christian has over sin because of the work of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8 has been called “the Greatest Chapter in the Bible” by several commentators and preachers precisely because it outlines that great victory. We are reminded that our standing before God does not rely on ourselves and what we have done but upon the work of God. The Father sent the Son to redeem a people; the Son purchased a people in His work of redemption; and the Holy Spirit applies the Son’s work. This marvelous work of the Triune God accomplished what man could never do – and we are called to rest on God and His Work to know that there is for us “No Condemnation” (Romans 8:1-4).
I. No Longer Under Condemnation
A. Assurance for the Believer
B. Absolute Requirement
II. Set Free
A. What We Could Not Do
B. God Has Done
III. Purposed to Be Holy
A. God’s Design for His Children
B. Living Out His Design
Questions for consideration: (1) What does it mean for you to know that you are not under condemnation? How does that help you in everyday life? (2) Why is it important for you to know what you cannot do? How does that help you to trust the Lord? (3) Why do you think Paul tells you to “walk according to the Spirit?” What should that look like in your life?