September 16 - New Life in Christ (Romans 6:1-14)
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.
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 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. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
After five chapters, Paul has made a convincing argument that we are justified by faith apart from works. He has rehearsed the present benefits of this great salvation in our reconciliation with God and our future benefits of the enjoyment of the presence of God in the future. All this is the free grace of God in Jesus. Do you understand this free gift of the gospel? Do you see that no one is saved by living a good life? If this grace is so incredible, even greater than our sin, you might be tempted to think that the sin in our lives does not really matter. This is in part what Paul is addressing in chapter 6. Does God saving the ungodly mean that we can live ungodly lives? How ought the saint live? Chapter 6 speaks to the assurance of salvation that comes from living holy lives, not to secure our salvation but to persevere in it.
Review and Apply
How does dying with Christ change your identity?
Do you really believe that you do not have to sin? What difference does your answer make to your life?
What sins have you grown tolerant of?
How does considering your death to sin help fight sin?
In what ways can you offer your bodies in service to God?
How would you explain being under the reign of grace?