God's Adopting Grace
Passage: Romans 8:5-17
Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 8:5 & 11 (ESV)
"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. … If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you."
Intro: How is God’s indwelling of believers part of saving us from all that is wrong
WHAT IS ADOPTION (IN THIS CONTEXT)?
Adoption in ancient Rome was an established practice. How does this Roman practice illustrate how God works in the Gospel?
THE MINDSET OF AN ORPHAN
How do we live when we doubt God’s grace?
LOVED WITH A HOLY LOVE
Why then can we trust God’s promise?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US…
1. Worship the LORD for His infinite nature and that His Presence is inescapable. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for His kindness to dwell with us and adopt us as His own children in order to save us.
2. How have you doubted God’s grace and lived as if He neither cares for your nor provides for you? Confess your unbelief to Jesus asking Him to forgive you and to change your heart.
3. Give thanks to Jesus for His incomparable love. Thank Him than He was willing to be cut off (dying on the Cross) so that you could be taken in, and that He gives you His all (His own Spirit) to secure you in His love.
4. Who do you know that is prone to fear or self-pity? Ask the Lord to help them, convincing them of His adopting love and His saving Presence.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to persuade you of God’s grace to adopt you, claiming you as His very own child. Pray for insight into what it means to belong to Him and His faithfulness as your loving Heavenly Father.
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