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.”



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.




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.



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.



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



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.




The answer to our salvation and assurance issues is not our

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