Put to Death
Passage: Romans 8:9-17
Speaker: Patrick King
Read Acts 8:9-17. What surprises, encourages, or sparks questions for you? What reminds you of God’s goodness towards you?
How have you experienced God’s rescue in your life? In Romans 8:1 we are told “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” How does this truth continue to shape your identity as a present daily reality of living in the realm of the Spirit (v 9)?
Romans 8:13 describes the way of life to say “thank you” to God for the breath and eternal life he has given to us. Puritan John Owen wrote, “Always be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.” What is the relationship between repentance and gratitude? What practices (or training) are helping you grow in living according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh?
Our resources in living according to the Spirit include 1) the Spirit’s presence with us, 2) resurrection power in us, 3) adoption as heirs of God, 4) a personal Abba, Father as can come as loved, chosen children. How do these resources equip and encourage you in following Jesus?
What from this passage do you need to remember, rejoice in, request, or repent of?
Share with your group how they can be praying for you: what is weighing on you from this past week? What are you praising God for from this past week?
“O Lord, you are most wise, most great, and most holy. In wisdom and power and tender mercy you created me in your own image. You have given me this life, you have give me all I have, and you know where and how I live. You have surrounded me with gracious gifts and situations. You have written your law within my heart. And in my heart’s most secret chamber you are waiting to meet and speak with me, freely offering me your fellowship in spite of all I have done wrong. Help me to take this open road to peace of mind. Help me to approach you presence with humility and reverence, carrying with me the spirit of Jesus. Help me to leave behind all anxieties, all wrong desires, all thoughts of malice toward others, and all hesitancy to surrender my will to yours. In your will, O Lord, is my peace. You are all my heart desires. ‘Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you’ (Ps. 73:25).” – John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer