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Conquer

God's Plan to Defeat Sin

...we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Part of the Venture Church Bible Study of Romans.

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Be A Slave of Christ!

March 24, 2019 |

Romans 6:12-23

Be A Slave of Christ!

Live under the authority of the master who is actually over you – Christ! (6:12-18)

  1. Don’t submit yourself to the reign of sin that has been defeated but rather to the God who defeated it! (12-13)
  2. God demands that we meet His expectations in order to be saved (law) but we can’t because we are under the kingly authority (dominion) of sin that leads us to rebel! However, because Christ fulfilled the expectation of God for us (grace!) we who are in Christ are permanently under the kingly authority of God who leads us to obey! (14)
  3. It is irrational for a believer to live under the authority of sin that no longer has authority over him because the reign of sin only brings the experience of death! (15-16)
  4. The Gospel is not an expectation but rather the means to live in obedience. Law gave us an expectation with an inevitable consequence but grace has given us opportunity with an inevitable reward! (17-18)

Live obligated to that which is most worthy of obligation! (6:18-23)

Challenge:

To be a slave of Christ is to live under obligation to His authority in every way. Specifically, the Greek word translated as “slave” in Romans 6 implies three key attributes:

  1. A slave’s will is swallowed up by the will of his master so that it’s no longer the slaves will that matters but rather the Master’s. Who is defining your will – Christ or sin?
  2. A slave serves his master to the disregard of his own desired experience. Sins desired experience is lawlessness and death but Christ’s is righteousness and life! Who is defining your experience – Christ or sin?
  3. A slave is bound to his master with a bond that only death can break. If you are in Christ you died with Christ and thus the bond was broken to the slave master of sin, however, who are practically living your life bound to – Christ or sin?

Know Who You Are

March 17, 2019 |

Romans 6:1-11

As one who claims to be a Christian what is your attitude towards your own sin?

Know Who You Are

Our past identity is destroyed! - Our identity as a lost sinner incapable of living in God’s righteousness died when Christ died. (6:1-3)

My present identity is life! – Our identity is no longer the sinner that died but the saint that is raised free from the power of sin! (6:4-5)

My future identity is totally free! - Christ died to totally free us from the presence of sin, therefore we are expected to live like it now! (6:6-11)

Challenge:

Do you view the Gospel as inspiration to repent and walk in glad submission to Him or as an entitlement to sin and not worry about it? One is the attitude of a person whose identity is in Christ and the other is the identity of somebody who is lost.

The Contrasting Sides

March 10, 2019 |

Romans 5:12-21

A bridge forms a connection between two different places and its why understanding where the bridge of Christ’s Grace takes us is so life changing!

The Contrasting Sides - Eternal Security

The Judicial Contrast – In Adam we are declared guilty but in Christ we are declared righteous. (5:12-15)

The Experiential Contrast – In Adam our nature is made to live in rebellion against God but in Christ our nature is made to live loving and obeying God! (5:17-21)

Challenge:

Have you surrendered your life to Christ and thus by faith trusted His work to save you and bring you across the bridge into the eternal life of knowing God, or are you still on the other side of the bridge insisting that you either don’t deserve to be there or that you can somehow get to other side all on your on?

Christ Died for Us

March 3, 2019 |

Romans 5:6-11

If you've ever felt unworthy of God's love, this message is for you.

Associate Pastor Jonathan Pugh shows how God's love is greater than any sin, stain, or scars our lives have produced.

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