September 23 - A Slavery that Leads to Freedom (Romans 6:14-23)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Levi Regalado will continue teaching Encounters with Christ in the youth room. This study considers the interactions Jesus has with different individuals throughout the four gospels.
Josh Herring will continue teaching on Old Testament Wisdom Literature in the Adult 1 classroom.
14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. 15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves,you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Last week we rejoiced over our being united with Jesus and how it not only forgives us for the penalty of our sins and assures of a future hope in the presence of God, but we also have a power given to us to overcome the temptation to sin in life now. This week Paul explains how to overcome sin which is by offering ourselves as slaves to God. Paul's argument is the same: it is inconceivable that if we are freed from sin through the work of Jesus that we would continue to live as a slave to sin, pursuing its promises. He contrasts two ways of living, one leading to shame and death, the other holiness and life eternal. In each life, we will serve something. The question is, where does it lead?
Review and Apply
Respond to the charge that a gospel of immense grace allows tolerance of sin.
What does it mean to being under grace?
How does the Christian view the law?
To what do you obey most frequently?
Will you ever be free from the pull of sin in this life? If not, what does a life of increasing holiness look like?
What does it mean to be free of sin? How have you seen this in your life?