Romans 6:15-23 Know Consider Present - Jeff Coleman

Jeff addresses the problem of overcoming sin in our daily walk and the remedy provided in Romans Ch 6. We have to deal everyday with the temptation of whether to put the interest of ourselves before others. Now that we are saved from the penalty of sin, what do we do about the nagging problem of daily temptation and sin in our Christian life?

Rom 6:15-23 What God says to us about overcoming the temptation to sin in our daily Christian life.

Are we to sin? Sin leading to death or obedience leading to righteousness.

We have capacity of Knowing, Considering, and Presenting in battle of daily death to sin

Knowing is the first step in overcoming sin in our daily battle. Know about our identity in Christ

Know with our head.

Consider with your heart

Present with your hand.

Positionally, we have been set free from the old sin master. We have already won in Christ. Positionally, the sin master no longer has a rightful claim on your service.

1.       Know about your position in Christ when we believe. Knowing and counting it to be true is part of the victory we have in Christ.

2.       Consider, calculate, contemplate your identity and come to the right answer of who we really are in Christ. We are new creations in Christ. Considering our identity is the second step in overcoming sin.

3.       Stop presenting yourselves to sin but cut it off. Stop presenting your members to sin as tools for unrighteousness but present yourselves to God as one who has been brought from death to life.

It is still possible for a believer to present members of our body, our thoughts, our tongue, to sin. We struggle with this daily Instead, present ourselves to God as instruments of righteousness.

All people are slaves to whom they obey. We have a choice to make on a daily basis who we are going to serve. Practically we can serve the old master even though positionally we are slaves to righteousness.

We must bring our practice in line with our position.

There is no neutral position. "It may be the Devil or it may be the Lord but you are going to have to serve somebody" Dylan

If you think you are just on neutral ground then you are in practice serving Satan. You are just not aware of it. Matt 12:30

Standard/(form, pattern) of teaching, v 17. The doctrine of grace that Paul and the Apostles taught from. When we hear the gospel we are delivered over to grace and it frees us from the god of this age and gives us a firm foundation. It instructs us how to live, and shapes and mould who we are. Not moulded to the world but shaped by good doctrine and teaching.

Romans 5:12-21 Whats under the cover - Ross P

Ross teaches through the Gospel and how sin entered the world through one man, Adam, but justification, free gift of righteousness comes through faith in the one Son of Man, Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is the righteousness of God revealed in Jesus.

The Gospel is the Good News about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Messiah.

Romans Introduction - Ross

The first of our new series for 2019 reading through Paul’s letter to the Romans.
Editors note that the sound quality here is not high as the recording accidentally came in via a laptop pinhole mic rather than the PA system, so my apologies. It comes with back of church infant noises and door squeaks.

The Resurrection - 1 Cor 15 : Andrew S

As we contemplate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ and His victory over death comes into focus.  Here in Ch 15, Paul lays out the logical argument for the resurrection and Andrew skillfully takes us through Paul's reasoning.

Rom 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Through a life of sin a wage is owed, and that debt is death.  If Christ died and did not rise again then we would conclude that Christ must have owed a debt. His death would have had to pay his own debt to sin so he couldn’t have paid debt of others. There would be no payment made so we are still our sin, and if we are still in our sin then there is no good news.

But it was not possible for death to hold Christ because he lead a sinless life and owed nothing to sin and therefore Christ can pay our debt. The resurrection of Christ demonstrates that the offering of Christ is effective in carrying away our sin.

Andrew finishes with two reflections on the impact of the resurrection on our life:
1. It changes our identity and heritage in that we no longer are connected to our forebears through the common inheritance that all men die. In the resurrection we become dead to sin and alive to God. Through our kinship in Christ we can daily seek grace from the Father to live a resurrected life.

2. It alters our future and destiny. Imperishable, glorious and powerful. Our destiny.  Death is swallowed up in victory. In a moment corruption becomes incorruptible. In a moment the struggle ends. We can endure. We can hold fast. it is the end of suffering but the beginning of all expansive joy and and thrill in heaven.

Motivation for the Gospel - 1 Cor 9: John W

John considers how our hearts should be motivated by the great Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and how it effects the choices we make.

Ch 7-10 provide principles to live by in areas of uncertainty. They help us live for the Gospel.

Some things we must do; commands of God, laws of the land that we must not breach. A lot of things we have in life we have a choice over. We need principles to guide us on moral issues.

Paul says all things are permissible but not all things are helpful.

1. Ch7 Does this choice help me keep in step with God? Living for the Lord.
Is everything beneficial. All is permissible but not all things are helpful. Will this decision help me walk closer to God?

2. Ch8, food sacrificed to idols. Living for others. Will this decision help other people? Is it good for others.
People can be destroyed by the choice of someone who has greater knowledge.

3. Ch9 Will this choice help or advance the gospel?
We should surrender our rights so that the gospel is not hindered.

4. Will this decision be helpful or advance the gospel. Will it help me in eternity in running for the prize.
All the runners run but only one person wins the prize so run the race in order to win the prize.

God's Wisdom 1 Cor 2:1-16 : David S

David looks at question of division in the church that was being caused by the cultural mindset and popularity. Greek philosophy, the quest for knowledge considered that man was ultimate judge of truth and meaning. If men decide what is true then there cannot be any unity because we all believe our own truth to be correct with no room for God. God’s wisdom claims salvation is in Christ alone but man says salvation is found in man. The Cross becomes foolishness to those perishing. Paul presents a God centred message with Christ at the centre,  prepared by God before time.

If we observe that churches are closing down as numbers fall then something in their message isn’t working. The response is to undertake customer focussed re-branding but Paul doesn’t resort to worldly wisdom. He does not get a speech writing or put on a drama or elaborate powerpoint; no! Paul criteria for successful gospel presentation are: be a poor public speaker, be afraid to the point of trembling with no stage presence, but must preach the gospel of Christ crucified and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. 

The method God blesses is for those who love Gods word and people filled with the Holy Spirit. This is the growth strategy for the church. The foolish things of the world.

God's wisdom is true wisdom.  All the questions of life, purpose, origin, destiny can be found in the wisdom of God, vs 7, 8.  Hidden wisdom from God. The gospel has been fully revealed to us in Christ. Gods eternal plan. A mystery hidden, now in full display to those God has chosen to reveal it to. The Spirit of God had to reveal it to us. We would never perceive it ourselves. One day we didn’t believe, the next day we believe.  God has to open our eyes before we can see Christ. It takes the power and wisdom of God for us to see the dying Jesus on the cross as the Lord and King, vs 14.  The matters of God must be spiritually discerned. Spiritual sight is a result of life giving illuminating power from God on whom he blows on whoever he wills. Hidden from some and revealed to others. We are still commanded to believe the gospel but how can we believe unless God first opens our eyes. God is in control, not us. We are completely dependent on the Holy Spirit. All God needs is people who love His word, who preach Christ crucified, who are filled with the Spirit and who trust that His spirit will bring the spiritual life to whoever He is calling.

The Local Church - 1 Cor : Introduction - Ross P

Ross introduces a new series on Paul's first letter to the Corinthian church. He observes that the Church described in Eph 5:27 that is 'without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish' is not what we see in the local church with all of our fallenness and difficulties and yet this is what God see's of us in Christ.

God see's the church more according to the hymn

The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord; 
she is his new creation  by water and the Word. 
From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride; 
with his own blood he bought her, 
and for her life he died.

But our experience is more like verse 3 of the same hymn

Though with a scornful wonder we see her sore oppressed, 
by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed, 
yet saints their watch are keeping; 
their cry goes up, "How long?" 
And soon the night of weeping
shall be the morn of song.

The letter to the Corinthians is and essential message to us to put away quarrelling, divisions, disputes over custom, sexual impurity, idol worship, and pursue love and the good name of Jesus in all things.

Ross also shares a clip from The Bible Project and their excellent summary of 1 Corinthians
Tim Mackie

Greatly Rejoice! 2 Peter 3:11-18 Future Vision - John H

John encourages us from 2 Peter to live a life motivated by a future vision of an impending judgment by investing in things that have eternal worth:
1, the souls of men and women,
2 the knowledge of the scriptures, and
3 the knowledge of God
Vision drives action and a vision of the future, and knowledge of God's past judgments, should compel us to share the gospel message to people who are perishing. God's judgment will be sudden, catastrophic, and unexpected.

2 Cor 5:10 : Will our works past the fire test
Prov 28:10 : 'Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint'

Given Sunday, 27 February, 2011, 5 days after the devastating Christchurch earthquake.