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[You Are Here] No Condemnation (25th Feb)

(You can hear the recording of the talk here)

You Are Here

Part 1 – Romans 8:1-4

We are spending 5 weeks finding our bearings, using the eighth chapter of Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  We want to step outside of the familiar habits of church and Christian life and look around at the life we have in Jesus.

Verses Ben Used:

Romans 7:18-24

Romans 3:19-20 (The Passion Translation)

Isaiah 49:13-15

John 3:16-17

Romans 8:1-4

1 John 2:1-2

Things to consider:


Ben started our new series with the entry point into God’s new location for us.  He looked at Paul’s description of the struggle with sin in Romans 7:18-24. What do you think of this passage? Is it a theme that feels familiar to your experience too?

How would you explain the concept sin to someone who hasn’t been around church? How do you think the definition of sin for the average person on the street would differ from what the Bible teaches? Why is the difference significant? How do we keep a better understanding in mind?

Ben suggested that we often feel we have two choices to deal with our sin. Either pretend it doesn’t matter or try to beat it with our own strength. Have you ever seen either of these ideas played out in your life or people around you? Why are these options unsatisfactory?

The third option is to let Jesus deal with the sin issue. This is what Romans 8:1-4 is about.

How do you understand this passage? Try to move beyond the pleasant sounding words and think about what this means and how it works.

Ben finished on the passage in 1 John 2:1-2. We beat sin by trusting in Jesus’ reshaping our surrendered lives.  It’s a process that takes time. We’ll make mistakes. How do we deal with the disappointments and failings along the way? What helps us to turn back to God, even in our mess?

Ben said this during his talk:

So this week, I want to encourage you to rest in Jesus finished work.

To actually bring to mind that image of Jesus arm around your shoulder, or pulling you into that bear hug – right in the midst of weakness, or struggle, or insecurity, or fear and worry.

Rather than slipping in to that idea that you and God are drifting apart and then falling further in to sin, or just not talking to God.

I want you to respond by turning towards God. And praying something like, “Father, you see this stuff, you see what I’m struggling with, but thank you that you never condemn me, you’re my helper, not my accuser. Thank you that Jesus has dealt with this, and you don’t hold my mistakes against me; so we’re ok. I just rest in you now and receive your love and grace right here.”





Posted on 26th February 2018
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