The Holy Spirit & Sonship

Romans 8:12-17        Sermon Resources     |   31 October 2021


Sermon Summary

In the sermon this week Pastor Billy preaches on Romans 8:12-17 where we are told we have received the, “Spirit of adoption as sons.” We will consider 4 privileges we have because of our sonship: leadership, validation, intimacy, and assurance.


Discussion Questions

  1. What is the difference between having a doctrinal understanding of our sonship and having an experiential sense of that sonship? Why is it important to have both? What might be the consequence for someone who only has a doctrinal understanding?
  2. According to this passage what does the Holy Spirit do to give us an experiential sense of our sonship?
  3. What is the difference between relating to God as a slave versus relating to him as a son (v.15)? In what ways are you tempted to relate to God as a slave rather than as a son?
  4. What does it mean to be led by the Spirit? What might begin to change in your life if you were more fully led by the Spirit?
  5. What do you think Paul means when he says, “we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” What would it take for us to have this kind of relationship with the Father? What might be the result if we consistently pursued this kind of intimacy?
  6. In the sermon Pastor Billy addressed 4 privileges we have because we are adopted as sons: leadership, validation, intimacy, and assurance. In which of these areas would you most like to grow? How so?


If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all. JI Packer, Knowing God


 For the Family

  1. Memorize: Zechariah 4:6 – Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.”
  2. Read: Mark 1:9-11 and discuss what it may have been like for Jesus to hear those words from his father.
  3. Discuss: How can we grow in our understanding and in our experience of God as our heavenly Father?


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