1. We started by defining terms based on the text & then focused on the work of the Holy Spirit.
A: We first talked about, “the flesh” & living in the flesh that’s talked about throughout Romans 8. It was said that the flesh is the affections & desires that are present & oppose God & His Word…and that living in the flesh is possessing a fundamental bent/disposition that’s contrary to God & His Word. What are examples of this mentality & way of living?
B: Read Galatians 5:19-21. What does reading through this passage lead us to understand about the condition of those who live in the flesh? How does this passage make the gospel news truly good news?
C: The results of living according to the flesh are seen in the first part of v. 5…you pattern your thinking & reasoning according to these sinful desires. How do people seek to adjust their thinking or logic to justify sin?
D: We then saw a stark contrast in v. 5b…living according to the Spirit. What are some of the misconceptions concerning the authority & person of the Holy Spirit? Why is it important to not neglect the authority & person of the Holy Spirit in our Triune God?
E: We then went through a list of works done by the Spirit of God, including: regenerating sinners, illuminating God’s Word, interceding on behalf of God’s people, convicting people of sin, sanctifying God’s people, empowering God’s people, & comforting God’s people. Which of these works of the Holy Spirit mentioned is new/unfamiliar to your understanding of the Holy Spirit? How have you experienced some of these works of the Holy Spirit?
F: Read Galatians 5:22-25. How does this list highlight the beauty of obedience to the Word of God?
2. We then looked at Romans 8:6-11 & their implications.
A: In v. 6, the end results of living either according to the flesh or the Spirit are made clear: death or life & peace. What are ways that we see people try to negate that these are the two end results of life? How does knowing these definite results bring about an urgency to share the gospel?
B: In v. 7-8, we see that Paul makes it known: there is no neutrality before God…in the flesh means hostility toward God. What makes this news so challenging for people to accept? How does understanding this news help make sense of the world around us?
C: In v. 9-11, we see that the Spirit of God now dwells in the believer…and does so permanently. How does understanding that the Spirit of God now dwells in you, and that you belong to God, and that the Spirit of God is powerful give us encouragement & hope? What are circumstances where believing the Spirit dwells in God’s people & empowers God’s people would make a difference right now?
D: The final question based off this news of all that God has done for His people was, “Why?”. Why would God do for us what He did for His Son? And the answer given was because of God’s love: His wonderful, never-stopping, never-giving up, unbreaking, always, & forever love. Why is it important to understand the strength & commitment of God’s love to His people?
3. Then we landed on 2 points of application: interceding & informing.
A: We were encouraged to intercede…to pray for others consistently. What keeps you from making prayer a regular part of your life?
B: We were also encouraged to inform…to speak the truth of the gospel whenever possible. Who are people or what are circumstances where you know you can weave gospel truth into conversation this week?