1. We began by looking at v. 12-13 & the contrast of living according to the flesh/by the Spirit.
A: The word, “debtor”, is used in v. 12 to talk about someone who is loyal or devoted to someone or something. What are examples of this kind of strength of loyalty or devotion?
B: Verse 12 then focuses in on the one who is devoted to living in the flesh, in opposition to God & His Word. The result is seen in v. 13: death. Why is it important for us to have clarity on the result of living life in opposition to God? What are ways people try to undermine this clarity on life in the flesh?
C: We then looked at v. 13 & the reasons for giving our affections to God alone. Pastor Nate mentioned three in particular: 1) because of who God is, 2) because of what God’s done, 3) because of what God will do. How would you answer the question? Why have you given your affections to God alone?
D: In v. 13b, we see that Paul writes, “if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” The way a person confronts & seeks to eliminate sin is the proof of devotion/loyalty to God…how do you see this to be the case from what we observe & witness among Christians/our own lives?
E: We then heard that the Spirit of God empowers us to eliminate sin in our lives, this happens through: petitions to God, the Word of God, & the people of God. How has God used these various means to help you fight your sin?
F: When talking about the people of God being used by God, it was said that a true friend presses us towards godliness. How have you enjoyed these kinds of godly friendships in your life? How can you be this kind of a godly friend to others?
2. We then looked at Romans 8:14-16 & their implications.
A: In v. 14, we talked about adoption, a movement from one family to another family. It was said that this adoption in v. 14 was a permanent move, why is it good to know that the move from being a child of wrath to a child of God is a permanent move? What happens if this adoption into the family of God could be revoked or removed?
B: In v. 15, we saw the radical difference of the power of the gospel…our relationship to sin & to God are changed drastically! How has your relationship to God changed as you’ve grow in grace? How has your awareness of sin changed as you’ve grown in grace?
C: We ended in v. 16 & talked about being a child of God. What are ways that we can better reflect the fact that we are children of God? How have you seen people in your community group reflect a family resemblance as a child of God?