In this sermon, Rev. C.H. Spurgeon explores the concept of the carnal mind and its enmity against God. He emphasizes the fallen state of humanity and the need for a change of heart through the power of God’s grace. This study guide will help you reflect on the message of the sermon and apply it to your own life.
- What does it mean for the carnal mind to be enmity against God? How does this indictment against humanity make you feel?
- How does the fallen state of humanity affect our relationship with God? In what ways do we see the evidence of this enmity in our own lives?
- Why is it important to recognize that salvation cannot be earned through our own merit? How does this truth challenge our natural inclination to rely on our own efforts?
- What does it mean to have a change of nature? Why is it necessary for us to be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit in order to be reconciled with God?
- How does the enormity of our guilt in being at enmity with God highlight the depth of His love and grace? How does this understanding of God’s character impact our response to Him?
- Reflect on the necessity of looking to Jesus for salvation. What does it mean to “look unto Him” and how does this act of faith bring about reconciliation with God?
- How can we apply the message of this sermon to our own lives? What steps can we take to cultivate a heart that is no longer at enmity with God?
Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you with humble hearts, acknowledging the truth that our carnal minds are enmity against you. We confess our guilt and our need for your grace and forgiveness. We thank you for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and make a way for us to be reconciled with you. We ask for the power of your Holy Spirit to transform our hearts and minds, that we may no longer be at enmity with you, but instead be filled with love and devotion. Help us to continually look to Jesus and rely on his sacrifice for our salvation. In his name we pray, Amen.