Sermon Study Guide

 

 

The Believer’s Struggle with Sin ~ Part 1

 

Romans: From Guilt to Glory (50) - Nov. 17, 2019 - Pastor Alan Cousins

 

Text: Romans 7:13-25

 

Introduction: The believer's attitude towards the law is a g_____ of the v________ and r_______ of their faith.

Every believer needs to understand that the law is n___ the s________ to their sin.

Every believer must understand that the law is g____ and is designed for their b_______.

The general subject of Romans 7 is how the believer is f____ f___ the law, and the r____ of the law in the believer's e__________.
 

Key Concepts:
 

Godly, growing believers still have an o_______ s________ with sin in their lives.

The law is not the answer to the p_______ of s_________, or the believer's struggle with a_________.

How We Know Paul Was a Mature Christian:
 

1) In verses 13-25, Paul is speaking in the p_______ tense; whereas in verses 7-12, he was speaking in the p____ tense.

 

2) Because of his e_________ of the law – s________ and g____.
 

3) Because of the way he describes his r____________ to the law in verses 22 and 25. “I joyfully concur with the law in the inner man.”
 

ROMANS 7:13

 

The law is n___ the c_____ of our d_____, sin is.
 

The sinfulness of sin is demonstrated by the fact that it takes something s__ g____ like the law of God, and uses it as a w______ against us.

 

ROMANS 7:14

 

The law of God is S_________.
 

Paul says he “is of the f_____.”
 

1) He doesn't mean that he is f_______ and i________.
 

2) He means that he has died to sin and been raised to newness of life in Christ, though he still has a s___ n______. He was not entirely s__________ and completely p_________. Therefore, he still s_________ against sin.
 

ROMANS 7:15

 

Paul is complaining that his a_______ are not in a__________ with his new heart, mind, and spirit that God had given him.
 

Paul is showing us that he is a new man by the fact that he has a d______ to do what is r_____. Yet experientially, he has a sinful nature, because he doesn't always do what he knows he o_____ to and really w_____ t__ do.
 

ROMANS 7:16

 

Paul's c________ bore w_____ to the fact that the law is g___.
 

ROMANS 7:17

 

Paul is not making e_______ or trying to get himself of off the h____.

 

1) Our sin i__ n___ the p_______ of God's new creation in us.
 

2) The p________ of the new man does not mean that we n_____ s___ because we still have a sin nature.
 

3) Our sin is the product of our c______ n______, which does not represent the n___ l____ in us.
 

ROMANS 7:18

 

Paul says that his sinful nature led him to affirm that n_______ g____ dwelt in him.
 

Obviously, he knew that G_____ g_____ had done a g____ w____ within his new inward man. He meant that he lacked u________ g________.
 

Paul proves that there is nothing good in h___ f____, because he desires to d__ r_____, but he doesn't end up doing it.
 

ROMANS 7:19

 

We see our lack of goodness through our sins of o_______ and c__________. We don't do the things God tells us to do; but rather we do the things God tells us not to do.
 

ROMANS 7:20

 

The p________ of sin in the life of the believer is proof that

there are two p__________ at work:
 

1) The new man is characterized by o_________ to the S_____ and the l___ of God.
 

2) The fleshly nature is characterized by sin.
 

Paul treats sin as though it were an a_____ f_____; it didn't make s_____ in his new man.

 

ROMANS 7:21-23

 

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
 

ROMANS 7:24

 

This struggle makes us m_________, because as a believer we only want to be f________ and be r___ o__ sin once and for all.
 

Paul's statement, “O wretched man that I am,” proves that the law c______ g____ us salvation or assurance.

 

ROMANS 7:25

 

The answer to our salvation and assurance issues is not our

l___-k______; it is God's g____ through the Lord Jesus Christ.