Presentation on theme: "11. Alive to God Romans 6: 1-14 p. 1041 Controversial passage Variety of reasons: Says radical things Challenges our experience of life – counter-intuitive."— Presentation transcript:
Controversial passage Variety of reasons: Says radical things Challenges our experience of life – counter-intuitive Not sure what’s theory and what’s practical Is it present or future? Raises complex theology (e.g. Baptism, Law, Grace) Sermon in two Parts: Core of the argument – Part 1. My own discoveries and life experience – Part 2.
Part 1: Dead to Sin; Alive to God Orienting ourselves: Descendants of Adam – slaves to sin and death Descendants of Jesus – reign in life Law – reveals sin. But Grace increased all the more Grace delays judgment for us to come to repentance If sin increases grace – let’s sin all the more.
Human Worship Care Stewardship Human Creation: Things & Animals Love Human Creation: Things & Animals Worship Exploit WorshipExploit Reject God Glorify God – FaithNot Glorify God – No Faith 1. We Died to Sin
Faith orients us differently towards God Right relationship with God in disoriented life – absurd Note: Important difference Refusing to Give God Glory Falling short of Giving God Glory Falling short covered by the work of Christ! Unified with Christ that “we may live a new life” v 4. “Old man” crucified (v 6), we are “set free” (v 7)
2. Alive to God Death is obsolete – resurrection defeated it. Identification: With his death – set free from its fear & power. With his resurrection – gives us new life. Being clear: Hope it means we are re-programmed to do God’s will NOT SO ! ! ! I am free to choose it if I want to.
3. Given Choice Sin is no longer our oppressive master We can choose righteousness – an Active Choice Do not let sin reign (v 12) Do not offer any part of yourself to sin (v 13_ RATHER Offer yourselves to God (v 13) Offer every part of yourself to him (v 13) It’s the choice Adam and Eve Faced (Gen 3)
Part 2: What I have learned 1. It’s a Package deal I don’t get to take the bits I want and leave the rest. In the West we are programmed to have things as we like them. God is making us Christ-like Living in his Shalom requires making good choices Not just those we are comfortable with. A special challenge for parents.
Part 2: What I have learned... 2. Self-Love is Self Hate Love God and Love neighbour (Matt 22:37-40) Self-love is the first commandment of our age ! Self-Love is putting myself and my wants before others Self-Love is different from self-respect and a sense of personal value/worth Opposite of Self-Love: not Self-Loathing but Other- Love
Part 2: What I have learned... 3. No Growth without Serving Spirituality with as few demands as possible Add time with God but otherwise remain unchanged Want the “Love God” portion, not the “Love neighbour” Such spirituality goes nowhere. It is contrary to the purpose of salvation To walk with God I have to orient my whole life correctly. My time, money, ambition, hopes, anxieties...
Part 2: What I have learned... 4. Don’t Fixate on Sins, Continue in faithfulness Keep my eyes focussed on Jesus Sin ensnares us if we let it deflect our attention.
Alive to God Not keep anything for myself I give it all to Him. DO NOT: let sin reign offer any part of yourself to sin DO: Offer yourselves to God Offer every part of yourself – instrument of righteousness Choose ! ! !