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Living in the Spirit

December 16, 2018 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Romans

Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 8:5–11

There are many differences between people today: political differences, economic differences, and social differences, to name just a few. But the Bible reminds us that the most fundamental difference between people is the way that they relate to God. Some people are quick to dismiss God, saying He does not exist, and even if He did, they don’t care. Others think that God will be pleased with them despite the fact that they never paid any attention to Him or His Word, simply because they tried to live a good life. Paul tells us that there is no difference so great as that between those who are not in Christ and those who are. Only those who have believed on Jesus Christ have the Spirit of God and are guided in their actions by the Spirit of God. Only those who are in Christ have life and peace. The Christian is the one who lives not according to the flesh but is “Living in the Spirit” (Romans 8:5-11).

I. The Unbeliever Considered
A. Worldly-Mindedness
B. Hostility to God

II. The Believer Considered
A. Spiritually-Mindedness
B. Relationship with God

III. The Believer’s Blessings
A. New Sense of Life
B. Hope of Eternal Life

Questions for consideration: (1) What does hostility to God look like in our day? Why would it be important to spot it? (2) What aspects of being spiritually-minded are difficult for you to practice? How can cultivate being spiritually-minded? (3) Why is it important to have both a sense of God’s blessings now and the hope of future blessings? Why do you think the Bible points us to both?

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