Weekly Spotlight March 22, 2020 – “The Christian’s Struggle”
Welcome! This is our first ever “Weekly Spotlight” since Saviour of the Nations switched to online worship with the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, Pastor Wang shares a message of hope for us regarding the struggle we all face between the Old Adam or Eve in us and the New Life we have in Christ. Read the lesson based on Romans 8:1-10:
Start with a prayer:
Heavenly Father, we are constantly torn between being with you and living as your child, and living in the prison of our sinful nature. The good we want to do, so often this we do not do. The evil we do not want to do, this we too often find ourselves doing. Forgive our sins, and set us free with your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Read the Focus Lesson: Romans 8:1-10 (NIV)
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.
Watch the Message:
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