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Heirs of God Through the Spirit (Romans 8:1-17)

Mrs. Mwikali Wambua, August 7, 2016
Part of the Empowering Children series, preached at a Sunday 1st Service service

Bible Study:

Heirs of God Through the Spirit

Introduction
In some of his writings such as Romans 7:15 and Romans 8, the Apostle Paul talks about an internal conflict in our lives between good and evil. Describing this struggle, someone who sought help from a counsellor once said that he felt like there were two animals fighting within his heart. Then he exclaimed, “I wonder which animal will win!” The counsellor quietly responded, “The animal that will win is the one you will feed most. The one you starve will lose the fight.” This is tremendous wisdom. These two animals could be compared to the two lifestyles: living in the Spirit or living in the flesh. The condition you feed most will win while the one you starve will lose. But there is hope. The battle belongs to the Lord! If we yield to God, then there is victory through the empowerment of the Spirit (Romans 8:1-3). This study will help us appreciate the blessings of being born in the Spirit.

Text: Romans 8:5-17

Study Questions

Paul mentions two categories of people in verse 5-8. Identify them and outline their characteristics.

Discuss the blessings of being controlled by the Spirit and the consequences of living in the flesh? (9-15)

One of the blessings of being led by the Spirit is becoming God’s children and therefore “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (16-17). What a privilege!

Discuss this privilege of a being heirs of God and how this should affect our lives (Remember the story of the two sons in Luke 15:11-31)

How can we encourage our children, family members and those around us to be heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ?

Response
Spend time thanking God for the gift of the Spirit and the difference that makes in our lives. Pray that God may help you to live and walk in the Spirit.

Memory Verse:
Romans 8:15
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’.”

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