Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: Romans 7:7–25; John 2:13–22

Sermon Outline

  • God is not at fault
  • Sin is not your friend
  • Hope is not within

Sermon Questions

  1. What is the popular picture of the Christian life — fight or freedom?
  2. Look at Romans 7:1–6. Why might Paul have been accused of antinomianism? How did he tackle that objection in 7:7–25?
  3. What do Romans 7:15 and 7:22 indicate about the “wretched man” whose viewpoint Paul is expressing?
  4. The sermon suggested that Paul was not describing abject moral failure, but the recognition of perfection not attained. Where can you find this in the text? (See 7:18, 21, 23.)
  5. What are we to learn from the contrast between the “interior” focus of Romans 7:7–25 and the “exterior” focus of Romans 8:1–4?
  6. What do you expect from the Christian life? Does this match your current experience?

Resources Consulted (* recommended for further study)

Will Timmins, Romans 7 and Christian Identity: A Study of the ‘I’ in Its Literary Context (SNTSM)
*Will Timmins, “What’s Really Going on in Romans 7”
*JI Packer, “The ‘Wretched Man’ Revisited: Another Look at Romans 7:14–25”
Eckhard J. Schnabel, New Testament Theology
*John RW Stott, The Message of Romans
Douglas Moo, Romans (NICNT)
Thomas Schreiner, Romans (BECNT)
H.C.G. Moule, Romans (1879/1890)


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Audio & Video

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