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Sermon Starters - God’s Spirit In Control of Our Lives

God’s Spirit In Control of Our Lives Key Verse: Romans 8:14 I. What is the test of a born-again believer? A. One is not marked as a believer by a mere profession of faith, but rather by being indwelt and led by God’s Spirit (Rom. 8:11, 14). We are told that the Holy Spirit dwells in us as believers in Christ (Rom. 8:9–11). Paul uses this same idea when he speaks of our being “sealed” by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). We are consequently led by Him (Rom. 8:14). B. In Romans 7:17, Paul uses the same words (oikṓ en, “dwell in”) to refer to sin dwelling in him as when he speaks of the Spirit dwelling in him (Rom. 8:9). Therefore, Paul is saying that his sinful nature has not been eradicated by the entrance of the Holy Spirit into his life. C. Paul desired to serve the indwelling Spirit instead of the sinful flesh which struggled against this (Rom. 7:22, 23). D. If he had been led by his old nature, one could question whet…

Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011 | PENTECOST TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST YEAR A Old Testament 1 Kings 19:9–18 Old Testament Exodus 14:10–31 (Supplemental) Psalm Psalm 73 New Testament Romans 9:1–5 New Testament James 1:2–8, 12 (Supplemental) Gospel Matthew 14:22–33 Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (With Supplemental Lectionary) (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 18 YEAR A Old Testament Exodus 12:1–14 Psalm Psalm 149:1 or Psalm 148 (UMH 861) New Testament Romans 13:8–14 Gospel Matthew 18:15–20 Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011 | PENTECOST TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Old Testament 2 Samuel 12:1–13 Psalm Psalm 6 New Testament 1 Corinthians 15:1–10 Gospel Luke 18:9–14 Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011 | ORDINARY TIME TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A First Reading Ezekiel 33:7–9 Response Psalm 95:8 Psalm Psalm 95:1–2, 6–9 Second Reading Romans 13:8–10 Gospel Acclamation 2 Corinthians 5:19 Gospel Matthew 18:15–20 Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST PROPER 18 YEAR A Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament Exodus 12:1–14 Psalm Psalm 149 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament Ezekiel 33:7–11 Psalm Psalm 119:33–40 New Testament Romans 13:8–14 Gospel Matthew 18:15–20 Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).