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Bill Acton :: Romans 8:5-11 - A New Life

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Sermon Outline for Romans 8:5-11

A New Life

  1. Review Rom 8:1-4
  2. Read Rom 8:1-11
    1. Two Kinds of People
      1. Those that live according to the sinful nature – flesh
        1. Explain flesh – Sin nature
        2. Anti-God – Anti-Christ
          1. Explain according to the mind
            1. Under
            2. Dominated
            3. Controlled by
            4. Obedient to – “You better mind me”
      2. Those that live according to the Spirit
        1. The new life
          1. A new birth
          2. A resurrection
          3. A calling
          4. A new way to live
            1. Dependent
            2. Dominated
            3. Controlled by
            4. Obedient to – gladly – joyfully
              1. A new life!
    2. The Two Directions
      1. Devoted to the flesh
        1. The mind set
          1. The whole trend of life
          2. Toward self – Sin – Satan – Society
          3. Eph 2:1-3
        2. Occupied
        3. Wallowing
        4. The things of the flesh – Gal 5:16-21
          1. Not just gross – gutter
          2. Could be refined
            1. Sophisticated
            2. Educated
            3. Successful
            4. Cultured
            5. Social status
          3. Devoted to the flesh
          4. Mind set
            1. Determined
      2. Devoted to the Spirit
        1. The mind set
        2. The attention – The trend
        3. Toward godliness – holiness, worship, prayer, serving, giving
        4. Not conformed – Rom 12:2
        5. Anti-Satan
        6. Not self-love
        7. Devoted to the Spirit
        8. Loving the Bible
        9. Loving God’s elect
        10. Spiritual concerns
        11. Eternal values
        12. A new life
    3. Two Issues
      1. Flesh – Death
        1. Separation
          1. Separation from God
        2. Hostile to God
          1. An enmity
          2. An enemy – Rom 5:9, 10
        3. Does not submit to God’s Law – Rebels
          1. Not obedient
          2. Not from the heart
        4. Cannot obey
          1. Without ability
          2. Without power
          3. Total inability
          4. Cannot obey the Gospel
            1. Repent – Believe – II Thess 1:7-9
        5. Cannot please God
          1. Not acceptable
          2. Not in the Kingdom of God
          3. Flesh – Flesh
          4. Cannot change
        6. Death – Mind – Affections – Will – Body – Life
      2. Spirit – life and peace
        1. All the opposites of the flesh – Death
        2. Review the list
          1. Raised to life
            1. Out of the grave of sin & Death
            2. Christ – Lazarus
        3. Spiritually alive
          1. By the Holy Spirit
          2. At conversion
          3. Now – A new life
        4. Life and peace
          1. Peace with God
          2. Peace with self
          3. Peace with others
    4. Two Realms
      1. In the flesh
        1. Not a standard or principle
        2. But a life dominated
        3. An abiding – A union
        4. Self joined to sin
      2. In the Spirit – Roman Christians not in the flesh Rom 8:9
        1. But in the Spirit
        2. Controlled by
        3. The indwelling presence of God
          1. God lives in
            1. Spirit of God
            2. Spirit of Christ
            3. The Holy Spirit
          2. God lives in – Father, Son, Holy Spirit
          3. The absolute for all believers
            1. Either – Or
      3. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ
        1. Still in death
      4. Spirit – Life
        1. Regenerates – Calls
        2. “World cannot receive”
        3. John 14:16; 1Co 2:14
    5. Who Is a Christian?
      1. Possible answers
      2. This text –
        1. One to whom the Holy Spirit gives life and lives within and dominates – controls
        2. We must know
          1. Tom Reilly – car illustration
    6. What is the evidence of the Holy Spirit living within?
      1. We must know
      2. Possible answers
        1. Gifts
        2. Performance
        3. Service
      3. The Holy Spirit causes us to love the Lord Jesus Christ – John 14-16
        1. Glorifies
        2. Testifies
        3. Causes us to love
          1. 1Co 16:221Co 12:3
      4. Is your heart toward Christ
        1. Respect
        2. Seek to honor
        3. To love –
          1. If not – examine your condition
      5. Then you know the Holy Spirit is living in you – In control
        1. Not resolutions
        2. Not dedication
      6. But believe
        1. This is truth applied to life
      7. Not give in to sin nature –
        1. Wallow in defeat – Satan – the world
      8. “Message on paper”
        1. Set the paper on fire
        2. Set my heart on fire
          1. To believe

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