Sermon
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Apr 2019

Romans 8:1
Sermon Audio

This sermon on Romans 8:1 was preached by Robert Greene at the 10:30 a.m. service of Redemption Hill Church on April 21st, 2019.

We were reminded this week from Romans 8 that there is good news for those who feel like we have failed, feel like they messed up repeatedly. That hope is that there is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus! We hope that this will help you this week as you spend time in personal reflection, talking with family, or discussing with friends or your community.

Read

Romans 8:1
1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Reflect

There is no condemnation, not less condemnation, no condemnation for those who are in Christ so…

We can say farewell forever to our feelings of failure. “If you feel like a failure or feel shame, there is grace!”
If you don’t celebrate what God has done in your life, if you don’t make an effort to remember His work in your life then you will forget!

  • How do you respond when you feel like you’ve messed up or failed? Get discouraged and give up fighting against sin? Start trying to do more good works to make up for it? Feel overwhelmed by guilt and shame and pull away from God?
  • How should you respond when you feel like you’ve failed?

 
We can say farewell forever to the things in our past that would produce guilt or shame. “Just because there is no condemnation doesn’t mean we don’t deserve it. We do. But Christ has taken the condemnation for us!”

  • What are some of the things in your past that consistently bring about feelings of guilt and shame?
  • Do you believe that God’s grace is greater than all of our sins?
  • How can you remind yourself that the deepest truth about you is not your past sins but that you are now safe in Christ?
  • Who do you know that needs to be reminded of that and how can you plan to encourage them?

 
We can say farewell forever to our efforts to try and save ourselves. “It’s not your efforts that will deliver you from sin. You can’t try or work hard enough.”

  • What are some ways you have tried to save yourself (good works toward others, better spiritual habits, sinlessness…)? How have those efforts fallen short? How is Christ a better savior than you?
  • How would your efforts toward good works and defeating sin change if you believed that Christ had taken the condemnation you deserved?

 

Respond

Spend time this week celebrating and enjoying the grace that God has given us in Christ. Spend time thanking God that there is not less condemnation but that there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Ask God to remind you daily that his grace is greater than all of your sins: past, present and future sins.
 
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