Sermon Guides_May 24_Life in the Spirit: Romans 8:5-11

Sermon Guides_May 24_Life in the Spirit: Romans 8:5-11

Kid City Notes

Lesson overview:

Bible passage: Romans 8:5-11
Story point: Jesus came to save the world from sin.
Key passage: Romans 8:5b “Those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”

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

Supplies: paper, pen/pencil
Write: the verse, Romans 8:5b, on a piece of paper to read with the kids. Repeat the verse using different voices like a robot, alien, or the deepest voice you can have.
Say: Paul tells us that setting our minds on the Spirit is life and peace. The Holy Spirit helps us to love doing what is right, no matter the circumstance.

Bible Story Questions:

1. Who should we set our minds to and why? (Like our verse said, we should set our minds on the Spirit because the Spirit is life and peace.)

2. If we aren’t setting our minds on the Spirit, where are we setting our minds? (On the flesh. Discuss with your kids how focusing on the flesh makes us hostile to God.)

3. Can you name any of the fruit of the Spirit that Miss Stephanie mentioned? (Review some of the fruit of the Spirit with your children and pick one to focus on this week.)

Activity: Simon Says

Supplies: space
Play a couple rounds of Simon Says.
Say: Just like Simon gave instructions, the Holy Spirit gives us instructions. It might not be as obvious as Simon, but the Holy Spirit directs us and shows us right from wrong.

Older Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity:
Supplies: paper & pencil
Write: the verse, Romans 8:5b, on a piece of paper to read with the kids. Erase the words one at a time. See how many words you can erase while still remembering the verse.
Say: Paul tells us that setting our minds on the Spirit is life and peace. The Holy Spirit helps us to love doing what is right, no matter the circumstance.

Bible Story Questions:

1. What are the two things Paul says we set our minds on? What are the differences? (Spirit or Flesh. The Spirit leads to life and peace while the flesh leads to death.)
2. What does it mean to be hostile to God? (Hostile, mean unfriendly. So to be hostile to God means that we are not friends and we are not walking in the Spirit.)
3. Name one of the fruits of the Spirit. Pick a fruit of the Spirit to focus on this week. (Discuss the different fruits of the Spirit with your kids. Pick one that you would like to emulate better.)
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Activity: Simon Says

Supplies: space
Play a couple rounds of Simon Says.
Say: Just like Simon gave instructions, the Holy Spirit gives us instructions. It might not be as obvious as Simon, but the Holy Spirit directs us and shows us right from wrong.
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Gospel Student Ministry Notes

Scripture: Romans 8:5-11
Life in the Spirit

Intro/Overview

The first four verses of Romans 8 are filled with the glorious truths of salvation. These verses remind us that because of Christ and His finished work, we are no longer condemned. And not only are we free from judgment and condemnation, but we have been accounted the righteousness of Christ through God’s amazing grace. As Christians, we eagerly anticipate the return of Christ Jesus, when His glory is revealed to the entire world. We are also awaiting the new/glorified bodies that have been promised to us. On that day, we will finally attain perfection as we become all that God created us to be.

While we excitedly await the full and complete realization of all that our salvation entails, we must remember that the glory and benefits of salvation are for the “here and now” as well. As believers in Jesus Christ, adopted into the family of God, we have each received the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is our Helper/Counselor (John 14,16), He testifies that we are indeed children of God (Romans 8:16), and He also leads us accordingly to live in obedience to God’s Word. By the power of God’s Spirit, we are able to conquer our sin and live lives of holiness for the glory of God.

One of the greatest realities of living life in the Spirit means we are no longer bound to our flesh. We are not obligated to give into or appease our sinful desires. By God’s grace and by the power of His Spirit, we no longer walk in our flesh, but we walk as those led by the transformative power of the living God. God accomplishes this incredible transformation not simply by changing our hearts, but by changing the very nature of our minds.

As the people of God, those rescued by the blood of Christ, our focus should not be on the things of the flesh. Instead our minds should be focused on the things of the Spirit, the things that are pleasing to God. Those that are heavenly and spiritually-minded, are alive to the Spirit and truly alive in Christ. In Romans 8:6, Paul gives us this simple spiritual equation: The person with the mind set on the flesh is spiritually dead. However, those that set their minds on the things of the Spirit, are spiritually alive and at peace. Because the Spirit dwells in us (the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead), although our bodies and our flesh may fail, we have been redeemed, and given new/eternal life through Christ Jesus.

Discussion Questions

Read Romans 8:5-11
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. According to 8:6, setting our minds on the flesh leads to death. As human beings, we are naturally inclined to consider our flesh (i.e. our sinful desires, wicked passions, unholy temptations), it is so easy for us to get caught up in these things. What does living/thinking in the flesh look like for you? How has that mindset manifested itself in your life?

3. As sinners who are prone to rebel, we are naturally in opposition to God; we are hostile to His commands and statutes (8:7). Verse 8 tells us that we can not please God in our flesh. In other words, in our natural state, we have no ability to follow His commands and live in obedience to Him. So how can we please God? How can we live obediently to His Word?

4. Although we sin, and as a result our bodies die, because of Christ and His righteousness we have been given life (8:10). How has the Spirit given us life, and how has the Spirit specifically given you life? In what ways has God worked in your life individually?

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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Adults Notes

Romans 8:5-11
Life in the Spirit

What’s going on inside of us is even more important than what is going on around us.

“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. For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit. Now the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace. The mindset of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law. Indeed, it is unable to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you.”
Romans 8:1-11

The Spirit of God, and our daily commitment to live according to the Spirit, leads to our eternal flourishing.

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come to testify the gospel, to convict us of sin, and to encourage and sustain us (John 15 and 16).

“For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit. Now the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace. The mindset of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law. Indeed, it is unable to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Romans 8:5-8

There are people whose minds are set on God, and people who live like they’re their own God.

One mindset ultimately results in death, and the other leads to life and peace (Rom. 8:6).

Adam and Eve took matters into their own hands which resulted in chaos and death.
Christ’s obedience on the cross is leading us toward restoration, redemption, and renewal.

“You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.”
Romans 8:9-10

How can we be confident of the Spirit’s presence in our lives?
1. This was Christ’s promise.
2. The conviction of the Holy Spirit.
3. The fruits of the Spirit.

Are you seeing more of this fruit in your life or less?

“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you.”
Romans 8:11

Two questions:
1. Have you fully given your heart to Jesus?
2. Are you operating in the Spirit or in the flesh?

The Spirit of God, and our daily commitment to live according to the Spirit, leads to our eternal flourishing.

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