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Series: Romans
Sermon: "Help When We Pray"
Scripture: Romans 8:18-27
Text: verses 26-27

Notes
1. We don't know what to pray for. (Romans 8:26b)

2. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. (Romans 8:26a)

3. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us. (Romans 8:26c)

4. The Holy Spirit prays for us according to God's will. (Romans 8:27)

 

Next Steps

  • Be open and honest with someone about the difficulties you face in your prayer life. You're not the only one who struggles. And thank Jesus for always interceding for you.
  • Try and experiment. Ask God what you should pray about, then start praying about whatever comes to your mind. Pause and sit quietly to see if any other people or situations come to your mind, then pray about those as well.
  • Challenge your self to participate more fully in group prayer times. Share the concern that's on your mind. Join in the "popcorn" prayer time whenever you can. Get more practice praying out loud.
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Series: Romans
Sermon: "When Groaning Turns To Glory"
Scripture: Romans 8:18-25
Contemporary Testimony - Our World Belongs To God - 55-58

Notes
1. We all experience suffering. (Romans 8:18)

2. We groan, eagerly awaiting adoption and remption. (Romans 8:23-25)

3. The creation groans in eager expectation of liberation. (Romans 8:19-22)

4. Future glory far outweighs our present suffering. (Romans 8:18,21)

 

Next Steps

  • Think about the different ways that you experience pain and suffering. Ask the Lord to show you how He is with you in these things, and ask Him for grace and strength sufficient for each day.

  • Read, reflect on, and memorize Psalm 73:23-26, "Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:23-26, NIV84)
  • Pray a prayer each day inviting Jesus to return to take away all pain and suffering, and to make all things new. "Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20)
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Series: Romans

Sermon: "A Spiritual Paternity Test"

Scripture: Romans 8:1-17
Text: Romans 8:12-17

Heidelberg Catechism Q&A #1

Notes
1. We are led by the Spirit. (Romans 8:14)

2. We are growing in holiness. (Romans 8:13)

3. We are adopted children of God who love him. (Romans 8:14-17)

4. The Holy Spirit confirms it in our hearts. (Romans 8:9-11, 16)

5. We share in Christ's suffering as well as his glory. (Romans 8:17)

Next Steps...

  • Surrender yourself and your day to the Lord every morning. Invite God to lead and guide you by His Spirit.

  • Tell Jesus out loud multiple times each day that you love Him. When you see something beautiful, or enjoy something good, say "I love you Jesus, I love you Jesus, I love you Jesus."
  • Offer a prayer of thanksgiving that God has adopted you as His child, forgiven your sins, and made you an heir of eternal life.
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Series: Romans

Sermon: "Good News!"

Scripture: Romans 8:1-11

Notes
1. Condemnation is what we deserve.
    (Romans 1:18,21; 2:11; 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; 7:24)
    (Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 12)

2. Condemnation is what we hear.

3. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1) (H.C. Q&A 18, 37)

  • We have been freed from the penatly of sin. (Romans 8:3)

  • We have been freed from sin's power. (Romans 8:1-2)
  • This is an exclusive gift. (John 3:18) (H.C. Q&A 20)
  • It's guaranteed. (H.C. Q&A 56)

 

Next Steps...

  • Repeat the words of the first verse of "Amazing Grace" to yourself this week as a way to remind yourself that you are a wretch deserving condemanation because of your sin, but also reminding you that you've been saved because of God's amazing grace through Jesus Christ.

  • Memorize Romans 8:1, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus..."
  • When you hear the condemning voice of the evil one, claim the truth by speaking Romans 8:1 out loud.

 

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October 23, 2017  

SERIES: ROMANS

Sermon: "Our Battle Against Sin"
Scripture: Romans 7:14-25

Notes
1. Paul_______________the right things. (Romans 7:15, 18, 21-22)

2. Paul_________________to do the right things because of_________.
(Romans 7:14-15, 17, 20-23)

3. Paul was_______________with himself. (Romans 7:24)

4. The Christian life is an_____________________against sin.
(Romans 7:14-24; Ephesians 6:10-12; Ephesians 3:12-14)

5. God will_______________us through Jesus Christ. (Romans 7:25a)

 

Next Steps
**Invite the Lord to help you desire the right things, like spending time with Him in prayer, reading His Word, asking for His guidance, and doing what He says.

**Make a list of common sins in your life, staring with sins of omission (things you should be doing but don't do), then sins of commission (things you shouldn't do but do). Confess all of them to the Lord and ask for His forgiveness.

**Look to Jesus daily - or even hourly. Delight in Him. Rest in Him. Receive grac and strength from Him. Worship and praise Him. And you will find your desire for sin decreasing and your interest in doing His will increasing.

 

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October 16, 2017  

SERIES: Romans

Sermon: "Rags to Riches"
Scripture: Romans 7:1-13

Notes
1. The law helps us________________sin. (Romans 7:7)

2. The law causes__________________. (Romans 7:5, 8-11)

3. The law ultimately__________us to___________. (Romans 7:4,13)

4. Belonging to Jesus is like a__________________. (Romans 7:1-4)
    >>We bear his______.
    >>We receive his________.

 

Next Steps
* Read and reflect on Psalm 119 (all 176 verses if you can) and marvel at the perspective the psalmist has on God's law and what a gift it is.

* Confess to the Lord how you've rebelled against Him and how you've done what He has forbidden.

* Offer a prayer of thansgiving to God for leading you to faith and forgiveness in Christ and for giving you His name and His status.

 

 

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October 9, 2017  

Series: Romans

Sermon: "Whose Slave Are You?"
Scripture: Romans 6:15-23

Notes
1. There is no such thing as true freedom. (Romans 6:16)

2. Slavery to sin leads to impurity and ever-increasing wickedness. (Romans 6:19)

3. Slavery to sin leads to death. (Romans 6:16, 21, 23)

4. Jesus Christ has set us free from slavery to sin. (Romans 6:18, 22)

5. Slavery to God leads to holiness and righteousness. (Romans 6:16, 18, 19, 22)

6. Slavery to God leads to eternal life. (Romans 6:22-23)

 

Next Steps

  • Do a moral inventory of your life to see if there are any habits or patterns of sin that influence or control you. Confess and repent of those things and take measures to ensure that you live every area of your life under the Lordship of Jesus.

  • Read and reflect on Psalm 63. Pray it as a prayer out loud to the Lord. 
  • Prayer a "surrender prayer" every morning, inviting the Lord Jesus to guide, control, and use you in ways that will bless others and give glory to Him.

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September 26, 2017  

Series: Romans

Sermon: "A Tale of Two Ships"

Notes
1. The ships have very different________________ (Romans 5:12-21). 

2. We can stay with___________ or “jump ship” to pursue God’s. (Romans 5:15,17).

3. _____________judgement and condemnation in exchange for justification (Romans 5:16,18-19).

4. Trade certain_____________ for                              life (Romans 5:17).

5. You can never________________ yourself from the kingdom of God. (Romans 5:20, 8:35-39)

Next steps...                                                                           

  • Think about the nature of the sins that tempt you. What about them do you find appealing? How do you feel when you give in to temptation? If you keep giving in to temptation, will it give you what you’re looking for?
  • Memorize the good news of the gospel in Romans 5:20: “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more...”
  • Pray a prayer of thanks to God for the free gift of His grace, righteousness and justification that we have in and through Jesus Christ.
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