February 14, 2021

The Gospel is Spirit

Bible Text: Romans 8:1-11 |

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We’re in the homestretch of our 16-week series in Romans 1-8, The Power of the Gospel. This last part features four messages in chapter 8, one of the most impactful passages in the Scriptures. And as we look at Romans 8:1-11 this Sunday, we’ll see that The Gospel is Spirit. That is to say, it is about everyone who is in Christ being controlled by the Spirit and not the flesh. The challenge of “the two yous” that we looked at in the last message will come into greater clarity as we see that, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Sermon Notes

The Power of the Gospel (Romans 1-8)
The Gospel is Spirit
Todd Dugard
Romans 8:1-11

Sunday, February 14, 2021

When I have Christ, I will be controlled by the Spirit and not the flesh.

When I’m controlled by the flesh…


I’m condemned (v. 2b, 6a)

Be killing sin or it will be killing you.
John Owen


I’m wrongheaded (v. 5a)

Romans 1:21-22a


I’m hostile to God (v. 7)


I’m unable to please God (v. 8)


I’m orphaned (v. 9b)

When I’m controlled by the Spirit…

I’m set free (v. 1-2a)

There is no legitimate place for condemnation as a subjective experience. To insist on feeling guilty is but another way of insisting on helping God with our salvation.
Robert H. Mounce


I’m right-headed (v. 5b)

Romans 12:2a
2 Corinthians 10:5
Philippians 2:5
Philippians 4:8
Colossians 3:2


I’m alive and at peace (v. 6b)

Peace is the absence of inner turmoil, division, anxiety, and conflict; it is a divine calm, tranquility, harmony, and well-being. In its most basic sense it is oneness with and rest in God.


I’m pleasing to God because Christ pleased God (v. 3-4)

I sin continually. But Christ has died, and forever lives, as my Redeemer, Priest, Advocate and King.
Martin Luther


I belong to him (v. 9a, 10-11)