Sermon Discussion: 4-7-24

DISCUSSION GUIDE | In the Name of Jesus | You are Forgiven | Romans 8:1-11

Gathering Prayer. 

Father, by Your Spirit, would you guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • Were there any particular insights or moments that stood out to you?

Romans 8:1-11

  • What does it mean to be “in Christ”?
  • Does living in the truth of forgiveness make practical differences in our lives? If so, what are these differences?
  • In your own words, how would you sum up Romans 8:1-11? 

The Human Condition

  • Read Romans 7:15-21 and reflect on the reality of the “human condition.” How have you experienced these verses to be true?
  • What are some ways that you observe people seeking to “be saved from their sins” (or overcome the human condition) in secular culture? Why are these methods inadequate to deal with the problem? 

The Power of Sin vs the Power of the Gospel

  • The basic claim of Romans 8:10-11, is that forgiveness means the power of sin in your life has been broken, so that you can live by the Spirit. What is your initial reaction to this claim? Do you tend to think of your life in these terms? Why or why not?
  • Consider some of the basic questions of the gospel, which do you believe is stronger?

~ Sin or Grace? 

~ Death or Resurrection? 

~ Satan or Jesus? 

Practically, what does it look like to live in the belief that sin/death/Satan is stronger?

Practically, what does it look like to live in the belief truth that grace/resurrection/Jesus is stronger?

Put into Practice.

  • We are all plagued by the human condition. What are practical ways that we can challenge and encourage ourselves with the truth that Jesus has overcome the power of sin?

Closing Prayer.