Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 2 Study # 5
April 27, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<028> Thesis: Life by the Spirit is directed heavily into the expression of faith along the lines of one's particular spiritual gift. Introduction: We spent a couple of weeks looking into Paul's theology of prayer so that we could get some direction for our understanding about our conversations with God. He began the body of his letter to the Romans by explaining his spiritual life as it affected them. In this opening paragraph, he clearly wanted to give the Romans some understanding of their standing in his heart and mind. As we turn our attention this evening to what he had to say in verses 11-12, we see the reason he wanted the will of God to include a trip to Rome for him. But in that reason, we are going to also see at least a glimpse of what Paul considered "life by the Spirit".