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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.

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2 11. Alive to God Romans 6: 1-14 p. 1041

3 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.

4 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.

5 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

6  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)

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 Alive to God  Death is obsolete – resurrection defeated it.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.

8 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)

9 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.

10 Part 2: What I have learned 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

11 Part 2: What I have learned 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...

12 Part 2: What I have learned Don’t Fixate on Sins, Continue in faithfulness  Keep my eyes focussed on Jesus  Sin ensnares us if we let it deflect our attention.

13 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 ! ! !

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