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Last Sunday, we began a new sermon series that will walk us through Romans 7-8.  This series, titled “Spiritual Life” will help us to navigate life in the Spirit’s power.

At the end of last Sunday’s sermon, we looked at Romans 7:6, which says:

“But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not the old way of the written code.”

This verse points us in a triumphant direction, reminding us of the victory Jesus has provided by setting us free from the things that once held us captive.  However, do we always feel free?  Even Christians can find themselves struggling with addictions, treating those around us with contempt, taking things that are not ours, etc — things that they do not really want, but seem chained to nonetheless.  Is the Bible REALLY correct when it says that Jesus has set us free from that which held us captive?  How do we make sense of the sin struggles in our lives?  Have you ever had these questions?

God knew we would have these questions.  That is why He inspired the Apostle Paul to follow Romans 7:6 with Romans 7:7-25!  And that is why we are going to look at it together on Sunday in our 8:15, 9:30, and 11:00 worship services at Wildwood Community Church.  I hope you can join us this Sunday!

In the meantime, listen to my friend Kent Bowles (with the WIN Foundation) sharing a brief testimony in the Oklahoma capital this week about how Jesus has seen him through times of struggle in his own life.  Though our sin issues may be different, we all need to hear Kent’s honest message of hope and life in Jesus — as all of us struggle with something.  (*I am sharing this with Kent’s permission.  He said that I could show it if I thought it would help others and give glory to God.  I believe both will be true!)

 

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