Sermon Guides_May 31_Romans 8: Life in the Spirit

Sermon Guides_May 31_Romans 8: Life in the Spirit

Kid City Notes

Lesson overview:

Bible passage: Romans 8:12-17

Story point: When we trust in Jesus, God gives us the Holy Spirit and makes us His children.

Key passage: Romans 8: 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

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

Supplies: paper, pen/pencil
Practice saying the verse a few times to start. Then take turns writing the verse with each person only writing one word of the verse at a time. Move the paper in a circle to complete the verse as a family.
Say: We had to work together to write this verse as a family. Our key verse tells us that everyone who is led by the Spirit of God becomes God’s children. God loves when his children work together to bring Him praise.

Bible Story Questions:

1.  Who will help us know the right way to live? (The Holy Spirit.)
2.  What does God call people who put their trust in Him? (His children.)
3.  Who changes us? (God changes us to be like Jesus. God is changing believers to be more like Jesus. We are God’s children- rescued from sin and adopted into God’s family. Now we live like members of God’s family.)

Activity: Family Tree

Supplies: Paper and Drawing materials
Have kids draw a family tree or a picture of who lives in your house.
Say: Just like you drew your family, God has invited each of us to be a part of his family. When we believe in God and put our trust in God he calls us his sons and daughters. We are invited to be part of his family.

Older Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills

Key Passage Activity:
Supplies: Paper and pencil
Practice saying the verse a few times to start. Then take turns writing the verse with each person only writing one word of the verse at a time. Move the paper in a circle to complete the verse as a family.
Say: We had to work together to write this verse as a family. Our key verse tells us that everyone who is led by the Spirit of God becomes God’s children. God loves when his children work together to bring Him praise.

Bible Story Questions:

1.  Who shows us the right way to live? (the Holy Spirit living in us.)
2.  Are we a part of God’s family? (God has adopted us and calls us his children. God is always for us.)
3. Who changes us? (God changes us to be like Jesus. God is changing believers to be more like Jesus. We are God’s children- rescued from sin and adopted into God’s family. Now we live like members of God’s family.

Activity:

Family Tree
Supplies: Paper and Drawing materials
Have kids draw a family tree or a picture of who lives in your house.
Say: Just like you drew your family, God has invited each of us to be a part of his family. When we believe in God and put our trust in God he calls us his sons and daughters. We are invited to be part of his family.

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Gospel Student Ministry Notes

Scripture: Romans 8:12-17
Life in the Spirit

Intro/Overview

As people who are consistently on the go, we obligate ourselves to so many different things. Whether it be appointments/gatherings (prior to the COVID crisis), sports and entertainment, people, etc. We give our time, our energy, and our effort to a variety of things. Obligation plagues our society constantly. For many of us, obligation is required, in other words, these are things that we must do. We feel the weight and pressure in such a way that we feel like we have to do certain things. But there are times where we commit our time and energy to things that are not necessary or even helpful. This is true of our flesh.

In Romans 8:12-17, the Apostle Paul begins this section of his letter by reminding the believers at the church in Rome that they are not obligated to the flesh. This is a wonderful reality for those in Christ. Because His Spirit lives in us, we do not have to give ourselves to the flesh with all of its passions and desires. As believers, sin and the flesh have no dominion over us. Paul also takes the time to remind his readers that living in the flesh leads to death.

From the moment that sin entered the world, death has been its consequence. For those that live in the flesh, spiritual death is a certainty. But where the flesh brings death, the Spirit brings life. Although our mortal bodies are corrupted and dying because of our sin, the Spirit of God gives life to the believer. And not just any life, but eternal and abundant life in Christ.

The life, death, and resurrection of Christ not only changes our life, eternally speaking, but it also changes our position. In verse 15 Paul says that we have received a “Spirit of adoption.” That means that we have been chosen as part of the family of God. This should bring great comfort and peace to all believers. Paul contrasts this Spirit of adoption with the spirit of slavery that we carried when we were under the law of sin and death. The glorious truth is this: we are sons of God, not slaves. And as His children, we are heirs of the Kingdom. Which means we receive all of the same privileges and benefits as Jesus.

This incredible inheritance is promised to each of us, but not without difficulty on this side of eternity. Suffering is essentially part of the life of the believer. The Word of God tells us that we can expect hardships and trials, but we can take heart and endure, by the power of the Spirit, as we joyfully and expectantly await eternity with God the Father.

Discussion Questions

Read Romans 8:12-17
Reflect on these verses

These questions are meant to generate conversations with your students.

1. In verse 12, Paul says we are not indebted to the flesh, meaning we owe our flesh nothing. What does it mean to live in the flesh? In what ways have you satisfied or been obligated to your flesh?

2. Being led by God’s Spirit means we must put to death the deeds of the body. In other words, we must battle against our sinful desires that manifest through our bodies. Are you actively making war on your sin? Are you killing it, or is it killing you?

3. We are the children of God, and the Spirit testifies to this truth. Knowing that you have been adopted in the family of God and you are one of His children, how does that change the way that you live now?

4. Verse 17 says that we are fellow heirs with Christ, IF we suffer with him. This verse promises our inheritance and future glory with the condition that we suffer for Christ. Are you expecting suffering? Is it something you are willing to endure for the Kingdom, or something that you avoid?

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

“Turn it, and turn it, and turn it again, for everything is in it. Reflect on it and grow old and gray with it. Don’t turn from it, for nothing is better than it.” ~3rd century Rabbi

“So then, brothers and sisters, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh,”
Romans 8:12

“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.”
Romans 8:5-6

“because if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
Romans 8:13

“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.”
Romans 8:1-2

“For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.”
Romans 8:14

“For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’”
Romans 8:15

“Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’”
Romans 8:15b

“For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children,”
Romans 8:15-16

“And if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.”
Romans 8:17

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