Sermon Guides_May 17_Life in the Spirit: Romans 8:1-4

Sermon Guides_May 17_Life in the Spirit: Romans 8:1-4

Kid City Notes

Lesson overview:

Bible passage: Romans 8:1-8
Story point: Jesus came to save the world from sin
Key passage: Romans 8:1
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Younger Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity:

Supplies: paper, pen/pencil
Write: The verse, Romans 8:1, on a piece of paper to read with the kids. Then cut or rip the paper to separate the words. Have the kids put the passage in order and hold a thumbs up when they’re done. Time the kids and challenge them to beat their time.
Say: Paul tells us that we have freedom from punishment for our sins when we put our trust in Jesus. We see that the law cannot control or condemn us because Jesus has already suffered and died for us on the cross.

Bible Story Questions:

1. What is condemnation? (Condemnation means that we are guilty of our sins. When we are guilty of something, there is usually a punishment or a price to be paid. Our passage tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.)

2. Who took our punishment for us? (Discuss how God sent his own Son, Jesus, as an offering for our sins. Jesus freed us from the guilt and punishment of sin, and instead of being declared guilty, God now declares us as righteous.)

3. Why did Paul say that those who are in Christ Jesus are no longer condemned? (Help kids understand that Jesus freed us from the guilt and punishment of sin, and instead of being declared as guilty, God now declares us as righteous.)

Activity:

Supplies: paper, pen/pencil
Write: the key passage on a piece of paper to reference. Have the kids say the key passage for a couple of rounds adding a new “rule” for how to say the key passage after each round. (example, round one: say the verse in a normal voice. Round two: add the rule that you have to say the verse while clapping your hands. Round three: add the rule that you have to say the verse with your eyes closed) See how many rules you can add while saying the key verse.
Say: Sometimes people want to try to please God by living their lives by rules and laws. When God gave the law to the people in the Old Testament it was to help them to live their lives and understand what was right. Trying to live by the law could never save anyone, only trusting in Jesus saves us. When we ask Jesus into our hearts, the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts to live and helps us to do what is right.

Older Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity:

Supplies: paper, pen/pencil
Write: the verse, Romans 8:1, on a piece of paper to read with the kids. Then cut or rip the paper to separate the words. Have the kids put the passage in order and hold a thumbs up when they’re done. Time the kids and challenge them to beat their time.
Say: Paul tells us that we have freedom from our punishment for our sins when we put our trust in Jesus. We see that the law cannot control or condemn us because Jesus has already suffered and died for us on the cross.

Bible Story Questions:

1. What does it mean to be condemned? (Help kids understand that we are guilty of our sins. When we are guilty of something, there is a punishment or a price to be paid. Our passage tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.)

2. What has set you free from the law of sin and of death? (The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Discuss how the Gospel is the power of salvation because it is also the law of the Spirit. The law of the Spirit works with the Law of God to set you free from the law of sin and death.)

3. What did God do for us since He knew we were unable to keep the Law of God? (Discuss how God sent his own sun, Jesus, as an offering for sin. Jesus freed us from the guilt and punishment of sin, and instead of being declared guilty, God now declares us as righteous.)

Activity:

Supplies: paper, pen/pencil
Write: the key passage on a piece of paper to reference. Have the kids say the key passage for a couple of rounds adding a new “rule” for how to say the key passage after each round. (example, round one: say the verse in a normal voice. Round two: add the rule that you have to say the verse while clapping your hands. Round three: add the rule that you have to say the verse with your eyes closed) See how many rules you can add while saying the key verse.
Say: Sometimes people want to try to please God by living their lives by rules and laws. When God gave the law to the people in the Old Testament it was to help them to live their lives and understand what was right. Trying to live by the law could never save anyone, only trusting in Jesus saves us. When we ask Jesus into our hearts, the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts to live and helps us to do what is right.

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Gospel Student Ministry Notes

Scripture: Romans 8:1-4
Life in the Spirit

Intro/Overview

The book of Romans should be near to the heart of every believer. Written by the Apostle Paul, this book contains wonderful and reassuring truths. Paul is writing (as the name implies) to the believers in the city of Rome. Unlike some of Paul’s other epistles, his purpose for writing wasn’t to correct poor theology or rebuke ungodly living, he simply writes to remind them of their place in Christ and God’s glorious plan of redemption. Because of this, the book of Romans is bursting with theological and practical realities as Paul covers doctrines of salvation, justification, sanctification, among other things.

As Christians, we have been raised to new life, and not just any life, but a life that is transformed and empowered by the Spirit. God has given us the Holy Spirit to dwell within each of us as a Helper and Counselor. He is the realization of the new life that we have been promised.

Romans chapter 8 is all about life in the Spirit. Paul begins chapter 8 by reminding us that those who are in Christ are no longer condemned. This is glorious news! That ALL of our sins, past, present, and future, are not held against us. Our sins have been atoned for by the blood of Christ. Paul then goes on in verses 2-4 to tell us how the Spirit has given us life and freedom, something the law could not accomplish. In fact, we find that Jesus fulfills the righteousness that the law requires, something that we in our flesh were unable to do.

Through His life, death, and resurrection, we have been set free from the law of sin and death (v. 2). Where we stumbled and failed, Jesus by His perfect obedience to the Father has succeeded in securing eternal life and redemption for all those that believe. In our flesh and weakness, we were unable to keep the law of God, leading to our condemnation. But God, in His amazing grace and mercy has clothed us in the righteousness of Christ. Believers are in right standing with God not because we’ve earned it or deserve it, but because of Christ’s perfection and obedience.

Because we have been ransomed by the blood of Christ, raised to new life, and set free from the law of sin and death, God is calling us to no longer walk in the flesh, but to be led by His Spirit.

Discussion Questions

Read: Romans 8:1-4
Reflect on these verses

These questions are meant to generate conversations with your students.
1. Romans chapter 8 is all about life in the Spirit. As believers in Jesus Christ, we have received the Spirit of God to dwell within us and empower us to live according to God’s Word. What does it mean to live in (or by) the Spirit?

2. In verse 1, Paul says that there is “now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” As sinful human beings that are naturally opposed to God, how can we be free from condemnation and judgment? How is this accomplished?

3. Christ accomplished what the law could not (v. 3). By His perfect sacrifice, Jesus redeemed us from the burden of the law. If the law could not save us, what was its purpose? Why would God give His people a list of commands and statutes that He knew they could not keep?

4. We are naturally inclined to operate in our flesh. In verse 4 we are told to walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. How can we consistently walk by the Spirit? What does that look like practically, in our own lives day-to-day?

As Christians, our hope and our confidence should ultimately rest in Christ Jesus.
End your time together by praying as a family. Pray specifically for the things that you’ve discussed (and confessed), pray for each other, and pray for our world as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.

Parents:

Consider ways to leverage the time that you have with your students. How can you utilize this time to help them see Jesus/own the mission?

In what ways can you love/serve your neighbors? How can you care for those that have been impacted by this pandemic? Think of some practical (and safe!) ways that you and your student(s) can be the hands and feet of Jesus at this time.

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Adult Notes

Life in the Spirit: Salvation – A Work of God
Romans 8:1-4

Let’s read the first 4 verses of Chapter 8 and ask God to speak to us through his word.

“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 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For in my inner self I delight in God’s law, but I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am serving the law of God, but with my flesh, the law of sin.”
Romans 7:18;22-25

The savior has come and his name is Jesus!

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1

“Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.”
John 3:18

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23

“Because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
Romans 8:2

We do not live and operate from a place of fear. We live and operate from a place of VICTORY and freedom from condemnation. Not by our work but by Christ’s work.

“For what the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did.”
Romans 8:3

In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
Matthew 5:17

“He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering”
Romans 8:3

“He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:21

“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 8:4

See the promise of the gospel is that our sins are forgiven, the burden of guilt is relieved, and we have been promised eternal fellowship with God because of Christ’s work on our behalf.

So, Christian, rejoice in the fact that you are HIS and make war on sin. Knowing that you are not fighting alone! And when you fail, the blood of Jesus fills the gaps as if they never existed. There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus! The question is are you living in that freedom?
My prayer is that if you aren’t living in freedom, today will be the day you do!

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