Raised as Our Hope

Pastor Jay again pauses his “Guard Your Heart” series this week with an Easter message titled “Raised as Our Hope,” from Romans 7:4-6, 8:8-13; 33-34.

Romans 7:4-6 (ESV)

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 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 in the old way of the written code.

Romans 8:8-13 (ESV)

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Romans 8:33-34 (ESV)

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ cements every hope of the Christian life.

  • Christ’s resurrection cements our hopes for bearing fruit for God.
  • Christ’s resurrection cements our hope for eternal life.
  • Christ’s resurrection cements our hope for assurance.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Have you ever been promised something only to have it fall through? How did it make you feel?
  • Can God ever break a promise?
  • Which promise does God show us through Christ rising from the dead?
  • Make a note to thank God for his promises each day this week!