August 23, 2015 | Sermon Notes
Once we receive the gospel, we think it’s up to us to live up to the expectation of the gospel. This can leave us prideful because we’re doing “good” or discouraged because we “fail.”
1. Self-righteousness cannot save us (Romans 8:3)
The facts of the gospel: the good news (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
2. Self-righteousness cannot make us more righteous (Galatians 3:1-3)
For some reason – namely, our depravity – we have a tendency to think the cross saves us from past sin, but after we are saved, we have to take over and clean ourselves up. We call this the “assumed gospel” and it flourishes when well-meaning teachers, leaders, and preachers set out to see lives first and foremost conformed to a pattern of behavior (religion) and not transformed by the Holy Spirit’s power (gospel).
The idolatry that exists in man’s heart always wants to lead him away from his Savior and back to self-reliance no matter how pitiful that self-reliance is or how many times it has betrayed him. Religion is usually the tool the self-righteous man uses to exalt himself. … We are saved, sanctified, and sustained by what Jesus did for us on the cross and through the power of the resurrection.
– Matt Chandler
3. The Spirit is the source of demonstrating our new life in Christ. (Romans 8:9-11)
Romans 8:5-8 in The Message: “Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God!”
4. The Spirit applies the power of the gospel when we focus on the gospel’s work for us (Romans 8:4-8, Romans 8:12-14)
Submit to the Spirit and ask him establish the gospel in our hearts and minds so that we can be energized by Him.