Greetings, FCC! Thank you for praying for VBS last week! Also, thank you so much for volunteering your time to make VBS a success! As you are able, continue to pray that the gospel, which was taught last week, would grow deep and bear fruit in the lives of all involved!
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
As a church, we are going through Romans 8, and this chapter is peculiarly focused on God's resources to suffer well. The choice as a Christian isn't whether or not we will suffer (for we all will), but how we will suffer. One of the resources God gives to us is his very presence in our lives, the gift of the Spirit. In the context of Romans 8, the Spirit is given to us to help us in our weakness, for we don't always know what to pray. The amazing comfort from this passage is that, though we are weak, the Spirit is strong and intercedes for us, so that God always hears our prayers, because the Spirit is interceding for us.
In life sometimes we don't know what to pray, because the issues are so complex. God's comfort is that the Spirit knows what to pray and he intercedes for us. In life the burdens can be crushing, so we don't know what to pray. God's strong comfort is that the Spirit intercedes for us.
Building off of another pastor's wisdom about prayer, I would say, The Spirit intercedes for us to such a degree that if we knew all that God knows, we would be asking the same things that the Spirit asks for us, and that the Father gives to us. This isn't a reason not to pray, of course. But it is a great reason to have hope in the midst of seasons, when we don't know how to pray. God cares so much for us, that his Spirit intercedes for us.
I’m back preaching on Sunday with “Gospel Power for Facing Trials” on Romans 8.26-39. I have learned and benefitted from the other pastors preaching in July. I am grateful to be back preaching in the month of August. With this sermon, I highly recommend hearing it live or downloading it. The subject matter may not be necessary for you today, but I guarantee that someday you will need the comfort this passage provides. Also, if you have a friend or family member who is in a trial right now, invite them to worship this Sunday. We will learn from Paul how the gospel gives us power to face and endure well the trials we will all face.
With the Romans series, we have a schedule for memorizing key verses—together as a church—which are crucial for helping us preach the gospel to ourselves and encourage one another as we seek to live out the gospel in all of life. The verses all come from Romans, and correspond to the preaching schedule. Pick up a memory verse card this Sunday to help you memorize the verses each week:
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18)
1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.