Sermon Study Guide
The Believer’s Struggle with Sin ~ Part 1
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__________.
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.
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.