The Civil War Within You

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Feb. 03

Sermon Outline

THE CIVIL WAR WITHIN YOU

Romans 7:14-25

Introduction: Is the inner conflict the Apostle Paul describes in Romans 7 “normal” for the life of the Christian? What is this spiritual “civil war” about?

  • I.THE CHRISTIAN BELIEVER IS A NEW CREATION
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 Ephesians 4:22-24
  • II.A CONFLICT WITH THE SINFUL NATURE
  • A.The Goodness of the Moral Law (vv. 14, 16)
  • B.A New Desire to Follow the Law
  • Vs. 15 “…for I want to do…”
  • Vs 18-19 “For I have the desire to do what is good…”
  • Vs. 21 “Although I want to do good…”
  • Vs. 22b “For min my inner being I delight in God’s law…”
  • C.The Inability to Keep the Law
  • Vs. 14 “…I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin…”
  • Vs. 15 “I do not understand what I do…what I hate I do.”
  • Vs. 18 “but I cannot carry it out.”
  • Vs. 19 “For I do not do the good I want to do…”
  • Vs. 23 “…but I see another law at me work in me, waging war against the law of my
  • mind…”
  • D.We Are Powerless to Live the Christian Life in Our Own Strength
  • 1.The continuing influence of the sinful nature (vv. 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25)
  • 2.The civil war is between the desire to mature in obedience and the constant pull
  • of the sinful nature.
  • III.HOPE FOR DELIVERENCE
  • A.Deliverance is in a person: “Who shall deliver me…” (v. 24)
  • B.Jesus Christ Delivers Us from the Civil War (v. 25)

Conclusion: Paul sets the stage to introduce the Holy Spirit and how the Christian life is a life lived in the Spirit.