Wow! What a love letter this morning from God as presented by Pastor Ryan.
As a believer in Jesus Christ,
we ARE dead to sin
we ARE alive to Christ
and we CAN claim “NO to sin”
Pastor Ryan shared three important words from this passage in Romans for us to remember.
The first word is KNOW and found in verse 6: “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” Pastor Ryan encouraged us KNOW (understand) the fact of our salvation. Our identity is in Christ.
The second word from verse 11 is CONSIDER: “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Consider what Christ has done and rest in the grace of God given through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are “crucified with Christ,” never the less we live, but it is not us, but Christ in us. In Christ we are no longer in bondage to sin.
The third word is PRESENT taken from verses 12-13: “…but present yourselves to God…” God’s Word tells us to present ourselves to Him. Understand that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Master, and we have surrendered our lives to Christ’s ability. He is our Master.
Talk About It
Today around our table let’s work to reinforce this practice by sharing how you came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Master of your life.
• Tell how you KNOW you were saved through your faith in Him and what He’s done for you.
• Tell how you CONSIDER the price He paid as evidence of your salvation.
• Share how you PRESENTED yourself to Christ as your Master, and now rely on His ability to work through you.
What a witness our life in Christ will be as we live out the freedom we have in Jesus Christ!