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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 8

Romans 8:1-9 (8)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 1 Study # 8
July 17, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Pleasing God is at the root of all of the explanation of the Gospel.

Introduction:Last week we addressed the "reason" that death is the inevitable result of a mental focus upon what Paul calls "the flesh". That study focused our attention upon the fact that death arises from being at odds with God. This is a truth that most of us have not yet digested. On one hand, we tend to not believe that death is inescapably tied to a "carnal" mind. We tend very strongly to continue to hold on to the notion that we can live in spite of maintaining an extraordinarily ungodly focus of attention upon "ourselves in time". On the other hand, we tend to not believe that life is inescapably tied to a "spiritual" mind. We tend very strongly to continue to hold on to the enormously idolatrous notion that life arises from the fulfillment of the lusts of the flesh instead of a true spiritual harmony with God. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to give some serious, and enduring, consideration to why we either hold God at arm's length while we continue to press forward in our quest to satisfy the appetites of our bodies, souls, and spirits at any cost, or we twist God into the provider for the satisfaction of those appetites.

This evening we are going to consider the last two verses of our paragraph: 8:8-9. We are going to look into the question of why Paul has gone to such lengths to get us to consider a truth that does not apply to us.


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