Romans 8:1-17 Living in the Spirit - Dre Niehaus

Dre teaches from Romans 8 on the heels of Paul’s very personal struggle testimony of Chapter 7 and how our experience with sin is a daily battle. Rom 8:1 shouts out that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus but that this is only true for those who have put their faith and trust in the good news of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Rom 1:17-18

Dre shares his own testimony of striving to live in the Spirit and not in the flesh and also his observation and experience of tertiary campus ministry. He concludes with the following:

  1. When we struggle with the spirit filled life it is because we do not recognize that Jesus completely dealt with sin through his perfect life death and resurrection, and we fail to rely upon the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to make it possible to walk closely with the Lord to be empowered to serve God and live as he would have us live as a new and empowered life.

  2. There is no bullet point list other than to live by the spirit and not by the flesh and thereby fulfill the whole law.

  3. Its not what we do, its how and why we do things. Are we undertaking life under the power of our own flesh or are we walking in the Spirit to please God?

Romans 6:1-14 Head Heart Hands - Dre Niehaus

Jandre considers the need to link head knowledge, v3, ‘ do you not know?’ about the righteousness and forgiveness in Christ with a heart change and death to the old ways and habits, hands, Rom 6:14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Message 3 of 4: Pornography - Looks that Kill - Jandre N

Message three of this series on a biblical perspective on Identity and Sexuality tackles the difficult but pervasive problem of pornography that effects a conservative estimate of 90% of all boys and young adult men, and an increasing percentage of women. Its is as much on the inside of the church community as it is outside. All men have fallen short and we are all wired the same way.

Rather than resorting to an analysis that exegetes meanings and words, Dre instead walks over this heavy ground with a light foot and an understanding heart that encourages us to bring this darkness out into the light. He recounts the pain and and addiction he sees in student ministry.

His central passage is 1 John 1:5-9 and also goes to Prov 27:17 where he encourages us to find some one who can be trusted and can hold us accountable for the things we view and dwell upon.

The message also references an interview given in 2011 at Northpoint Church, Atlanta, between Andy Stanley and a couple Michael Leahy and Patty Onorato. Michael opens up to his lifelong addiction to pornography that eventually lead to the loss of his marriage, his family and his job. The portion of the video viewed is recorded in this message.
Exposed - Looks that Kill

Dre finishes with the encouragement to bring the problem out into the light, to find someone who will keep you accountable, and to take practical steps with your devices and situations you find yourselves in to break the slave master control over our lives.

Matt 7:26-27
26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”