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The Gospel

"There is none righteous, not even one"

The Bible teaches us that mankind is sinful.  All are born in sin and are sinners.  All of mankind is depraved and under God's righteous judgment; there are none who are good, not one.

As such, mankind is in need of a Savior.  The Bible teaches us that Christ is that Savior and He is the only One that can save us because He is God in flesh, the Son of God.  He has died for our sin and taken the punishment we deserved, though He is without sin; He is the perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God.  He is our penal substitutionary atonement.  He is the only way, truth and life--we must go to Him to get to God the Father.

This is only possible through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ.

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This Sunday's Sermon Info

Romans 8:26-27

Prayer was monumentally important to the Apostle Paul, as it should be to every saint of God.  Throughout his epistles he directed the saints to pray unceasingly and with thanksgiving.  Paul knows there is hope in prayer.  In these next two verses (8:26-27) Paul writes about the Spirit’s efforts to sustain the hope of the redeemed while they suffer through waiting for their ultimate redemption.  God has enlightened the heart of the redeemed—who now having had their hearts made alive in regeneration have the privilege of hope in Christ—to know the truth of eternal hope in the restoration of all things.  This steadfast hope in the heart of the believer is strengthened by God’s Spirit.  Although redeemed, the saints are weak in prayer.  The apostle writes to remind them that the Spirit of God “intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words”.  While some may understand this as a reference to “glossolalia” (speaking in tongues), taken in context that is not what Paul was trying to convey.  Paul wanted to explain that the Spirit of God searches the burdened hearts of men and brings these unutterable concerns “before God in an articulate form” (Schreiner).  There truly is hope for the redeemed in prayer.  We may pray fervently and regularly, but we can never know the will of God perfectly.  Fortunately, the Spirit of God takes up our foundering prayers (groanings) and intercedes for us to bring those prayers to God the Father in accord with His perfect will.  How thankful the praying saint should be that we have such a wonderful blessing in the Person of God’s Holy Spirit.

This Sunday's Sermon Outline

Point I: The Help of the Spirit (26a)

Point II: The Weakness of the Saints (26b)

Point III: The Intercession by the Spirit (26c-27)

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