Romans chapter 7 paints a portrait of a struggling Christian who cannot do what he wants to do and he does the very thing that he does not want to do. The apostle Paul shows us that this person has a problem with self. He is self-absorbed and he would say, “It is all about me.” When we are self-absorbed and it’s all about “me,” sin gets the better of us every time. When we try to do it ourselves in our own way and in our own strength, sin wins every time. Paul shows us a better way to live in the Spirit.
Based on Bruce Wilkinson’s comparison of The Three Chairs, this message answers the all-important questions:
“What can we do to ensure that our faith in God abides and flourishes in the next generation?”
“What can we do to ensure that our children will put their confidence in God and will be men and women of faith who will not turn their backs on God?"
As you listen to this message, keep asking yourself, "Which chair do I sit in and what do I have to do to move into the first chair of faith?"
Romans chapter 7 contains one of the thorniest, most hotly debated, issues in Christianity. What is the believer's relationship to the Old Testament Law? Are Christians required to keep it or not? It is essential that we understand what the Apostle Paul is writing in these verses.
Why did God create Adam and Eve and what was their purpose? In what ways are we made in the image of God and why did He make us the way He did? There are three distinct ways that we bear His imprint on our souls. We discover these in the first two chapters of Genesis.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
In the New Testament, the Christian life is often described as “putting off” and “putting on.” If we are to live as new creations in Jesus Christ, then we need to understand exactly how to put off the old self and put on the new self which has been recreated in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11-14 tells us exactly how to do this.
President John Adams said, "Facts are subborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
In Romans 6:4-9, we discover four breathtaking facts about Jesus' resurrection from the dead: Christ rose from the dead; Christ will never die again and He reigns triumphant over death; Through faith, we are united to Christ and die with Him; and We shall rise like He rose and live with Him forever.
"He is Risen!" "He is Risen Indeed!"