This series takes us through Romans 7 and into the middle of Romans 8.  In this stage in our Re-Formation journey, we examine the effect of what we just witnessed at Easter.  God sent His Son to die for us.  Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of the law.  Without sin, Jesus died and paid the price for all of our sin, and rose again.  He condemned sin once and for all.  Tied to life with Him, through baptism and faith, we are declared “NOT GUILTY!”  We have been RELEASED from all that bound us, all that would still bind us.  Free at last!

Released, part 8: Children of God
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  It’s so easy to get entangled with sin.  One thing leads to another and pretty soon we might feel like we have no choice.  But, when you were baptized, you were released from your slavery to sin.  The Spirit you have been given is not one that is shackled, like you were to sin, but one that is hand in hand with the Father. Main Text: Romans 8:14-17

Released, part 7: From Obligation
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  When was the last time you saw something you wanted and decided, “I owe it to myself.”?  The flesh no longer has any claim on you, you have been released from your obligation to obey its impulses and desires. Say “No!” and live. Main Text: Romans 8:12-13

Released, part 6: Spirt of Life
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  Because Christ justifies sinners, God’s life-giving Spirit dwells in you.  He releases us from the bondage of sin and death.  Those who are preoccupied with satisfying their selfish desires often become angry with God and rebel against Him. God promises release from this deadly cycle and brings life and peace.  Father, by Your Spirit Of Life, direct our hearts to Christ, where true joys are found. Amen. Main Text: Romans 8:9-11

Released, part 5: From Domination
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  Sin dominates.  Sin separates from God and has twisted all people inward on themselves, and even those around them.  Sin can never look to God, or hope and trust in anything other than the self or other people, continuing the cycle.  Born into sin, we are all dominated by death.  Jesus releases us from the domination of sin and gives us the Holy Spirit, life, and peace. Main Text: Romans 8:5-8

Released, part 4: From Condemnation
Pastor Jeff Meyer

Focus:  God’s Law declares that all people are guilty of sin and deserve to die.  However, sin was condemned once and for all as Jesus, who had no sin, bore all of our sin on the cross.  Now God declares “Not guilty!” for those in Christ and we are released from condemnation. Main Text: Romans 8:1-4

Released, part 3: Sent
Pastor Matt Wipperman

Focus:  Sustained by the Word, Dependent on Christ, Visible Reflection of Jesus, Missional Heartbeat of God.  These are our lifeMarks, the marks of the life of a disciple.  We are built up and challenged in each area because we have been sent into the world as disciples who make disciples.  As we celebrate and review the Live Events of our Higher Ground Youth, we remember that we have been sent out with them to live Life in the Word, Life in the Cross, Life in Service, and Life on Mission. Main Text: Deut. 6:4-10; Luke 9:23-24; John 13:14-17; Matt. 28:18-20

Released, part 2: The War Within
Pastor Josh Miller

Focus:  Newsflash: Christians aren’t a bunch of perfect people. We aren’t people who think we are perfect, or even better than other people.  The only difference is that we are forgiven, and the Spirit is at work within us.  Even knowing and desiring what is right we can’t release ourselves from the internal battle. But our hope is not in ourselves, or even in the life the Spirit produces in us.  Jesus is the one who will deliver us. Main Text: Romans 7:7-25