Have you ever used short cuts in your walk with Christ, trying tips, tricks, and life hacks to get closer to Him? In the second week of our sermon series Dying to Live, Blake Holmes dives into Romans 6:1-14 to teach us where true spiritual growth comes from and what it looks like.
Spiritual growth begins with knowing whose you are and what He has done for you.
Sin is anything we think, do, or say that is contrary to the will of God, and is the ultimate, fundamental problem in the world.
Romans 6:1-14 shows us that: We are dead to sin (v. 1-2); We are united with Christ (v. 3-7); We are alive to God (v. 8-11); We are set free by grace (v. 12-14).
Licentiousness cheapens the grace of God and legalism denies the grace of God. Instead, our response should be bound to the love of God (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
Salvation consists of justification (freedom from the penalty of sin), sanctification (freedom from the power of sin), and glorification (freedom from the presence of sin).
As you grow in your relationship with Jesus, surrender to Him, and yield to His Spirit, your affections change and sin no longer has power over you.
When we trust in Christ, we are united with Him and we are given a new identity.
In Adam, we had sin and death. In Christ, we have righteousness and life.
We are free not only from the penalty of sin but also the power of sin.
Because we have been set free by grace, we can now live in such a way that is pleasing to God and is a blessing to other people.
Because of what Christ has done for us, sin is no longer our master. We have a new master who loves us and has our best interest in mind.
Discussing and Applying the Sermon
As you grow in your relationship with the Lord, what are the things that used to “taste good” but are no longer as appealing?
What are some things that still keep your affections on earth rather than longing for an eternal kingdom?
When inevitably tempted by your old master and sin patterns, how will you prepare yourself to follow Christ and make choices in the moment that honor Him?