Hello and welcome to the first Monday in March. I don’t know about you, but this year is starting to pick up the pace and go quicker than I want it to. I pray that today we may all take a moment to slow down and live in the present, I know that is what I need in this season of life. But I also know I can rest assured that with the Holy Spirit living in and guiding me I can find peace in the midst of my chaos, even when it seems to be too much. Today as we begin to look at what life with the Spirit looks like I pray that we would all recognize the gifts of peace and freedom we have. - Mallory
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What have you been meditating on from yesterday’s sermon?
- What do you think it means to have life in the Spirit?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Lord, thank you for waking us up this morning. Thank you for the food we have to eat, the home we have to live in, and the water we have to drink. There are so many things we take for granted that are gifts from You. Help us to better see how You are working in our lives, Lord. Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and a willingness to recognize Your hand in our life. Lord let us understand the impact You and Your Spirit have on us every day. You are always with us, we praise and thank you for this. We love you Lord and today we want to know you better than we did yesterday. Amen.
DISCOVER [Romans 8:1-11]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
- What allows us to be free from the law of sin and death?
- Who is the Spirit?
- What does it mean to walk “according to the Spirit”? (v.4)
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
- What does it mean for the Spirit of God to dwell within us?
- What do we gain by having the Spirit dwell within us? Why does this matter?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- How do we “set the mind on the Spirit”? (v.6)
- How do we know the Spirit is in us?
- In what ways does my life look different as a result of the Spirit dwelling in me?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?