Title: Not Overcome, but Overcoming
Text: Romans 12:21
Theme: In Christ you can overcome Evil with Good.
- Preface or ____________ .
- V. 21 implies God will give us power to overcome evil with good.
- If this wasn’t true, why would our Savior command His people to obey Him when He knew we couldn’t do so, and end up defeated, frustrated?
- Precept or ____________ .
- There’s no unoccupied ground in the battle against sin.
- The good must address the underlying need/legitimate craving which the sin habit used ungodly ways to meet.
- Note a few ____________ .
- God often tells in the same context what the good is that overcomes evil.
- One thing baptism does, is remind us we don’t fight evil with good, alone.
Questions for Further Reflection:
- Why do Christians so often underestimate the power of sin & evil? What are some ways God teaches us our spiritual weakness & the enemy’s strength?
- Why is a stalemate or truce with sin & evil unacceptable to God? Given the nature of evil and of our old nature, why can’t it remain a truce for long?
- What does the Bible mean when it says in I John 5:4-5, that our faith is the victory that overcomes the world? What weapons has God given faith to overcome evil with good?
- God has an armory of powerful weapons to help His children overcome evil with good. He lists several of them in Ephesians 6:10-20, with His promise that those who employ them will succeed in holding their ground against sin and the Evil One. What does Paul say regarding their power? (II Corinthians 10:4).