The Spirit of Christ-Likeness (Romans 8.1-11)

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Pastor Rich began the sermon by contrasting how Jeremy Lin’s father taught himself and his son to play the game of basketball to how we should become more Christ-like. He said, Christ-likeness is the goal of the Christian life (Rom 8:29, 2 Cor 3:18, Gal 4:19, Phil 2:5, 1 John 3:2). God uses the Bible, fellowship with other believers, communion, teaching, pain/grief, and trials to help us look more like Christ. The point was made that Christ-likeness come through embracing our Justification (Rom 8:1). Justification is the judicial and instantaneous event that puts us right with God through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Sanctification is the life-long process of walking out all of justification’s implications – namely obedience. They are “two sides of the same coin” – you can’t have one without the other. A helpful spiritual practice was offered to assist us walking out our faith – each morning “breathe in God-dependence, and breathe out self-reliance”. In Romans 8:4 we learned that Christ-likeness comes through walking in the Spirit – which is slow (Gal 5:15) and requires perseverance (Story of Moses and Heb 11:27). Additionally, we need to “set our minds” on Christ (Rom 8:5). The point was made, that “we will imitate and become what we think about” (Heb 12:1-2, 2 Cor 3:18). Finally, Christ-likeness comes about by the Spirit (Rom 8:9-11). The Spirit of God lives in us and initiates from the inside-out conformity to Christ.

In 5 minutes or less, briefly give a synopsis of this week’s sermon. What insight, principle, or observation from this weekend’s message did you find to be most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling? Explain.

These questions can be used as ice-breakers in the beginning OR interwoven between the questions below to draw the group into the discussion.
•What stood out to you in this sermon? Please share briefly.
•How successful are you in setting goals? Please share briefly why you think it’s easy or difficult for you.
•Share a recent experience where you felt the Holy Spirit prompting you toward Christ-likeness. Did you listen?


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