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Romans 8:1-11

Summary

Guilt, shame and remorse are debilitating. Like a cancer they can keep us motionless, defeated and feeling unworthy. If you are unable to move past what you have done in life, you will never fully grasp God’s grace and loving kindness towards you. God has sent Jesus to die for you and completely forgive you. Any condemning feelings you have toward yourself are not from God. So Paul wrote, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).

Focus

Where does condemnation come from and how do we over it?

Discussion Questions

  1. What stood out to you about the message?
    What was confusing?
    What was helpful or meaningful?

  2. What is the difference between condemnation and conviction?

  3. Why is there is no condemnation for people who are in Christ Jesus?

  4. If there is no condemnation for believers (Romans 8:1), should we ever have feelings of guilt?
    Why/why not?

  5. Why is it difficult for us to fully accept the forgiveness of God?

  6. What does it mean to set one’s mind* on the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5)?

  7. In what ways does the Spirit ‘control our minds (Romans 8:6)?

  8. Pick three areas of your life and give examples from each of what it means to set your mind on the Spirit