Romans: Slaves of God

Sermon & Small Group Resources

This is the tenth sermon in our Romans series looking at the first eight chapters of the book. Preacher: The Rev’d Adam Lowe. Bible Reading: Romans 6:1-7:6. 

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Next Steps this Week

BIBLE READING: Romans 6:1-7:6

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

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WARM-UP Questions

  1. Why do you think we so readily would prefer to follow our own desires rather than God’s?

Read Romans 6:1-11

  1. Why would some people think that we should ‘go on sinning’ in order to increase grace? Why would some have been concerned that this would have been people’s response to justification by faith alone?

  2. How would you – as per this chapter – explain to someone that Christians should not keep on sinning?

  3. Is it possible for us to not sin at all? When we sin, what should be our response? Does this mean – if we trust in Jesus – that our salvation is ever in jeopardy?

  4. What is Paul referring to when he talks about baptism? (Think about what he means along with the image that we are to have in mind.) How does baptism reflect botha death and a resurrection?

  5. What does it mean that we are ‘dead to sin’? What does this mean to you personally?

  6. How does being ‘alive to God in Christ’ have both a presentand future reality?

  7. If we are dead to sin, and if our resurrection is as certain as Jesus’, how should this change how we approach our lives (i.e., joys, problems, temptations) today? 

  8. What does Paul mean by counting ourselves dead to sin but alive to God? What is one way, each day this week, that you could do this?

Read Romans 6:12-23

  1. If sin has been defeated and we know that we should not sin, why do we find it so difficult not to?

  2. If we no longer live under the reign of sin, under whose rule and in whose kingdom to we reside?

  3. Why are our sins bigger than just a personal moral failure? How does our obedience to sin point to a reign of a kingdom that has already been defeated?

  4. What does Paul mean by ‘instruments of wickedness’? Can you think of any examples of how – even your greatest gifts – can be used for evil instead of God?

  5. How is carrying on in sin like obeying an old landlord who has no power over us?

  6. In what way does Christianity involve a ‘taking on’ and a ‘taking off’? How have you experienced this?

  7. What does Paul instruct us to obey? What does he mean by this? What are some examples?

  8. How does our obedience to God point to the future that we await to be made complete?

APPLY (this week): Confess to God any area of sin that you have been holding back. What is an area of your life that can be transformed into an instrument of righteousness? 

PRAYER

Gracious Father, we are so sorry for the sin in our lives that reflects a disobedience to you. Please help us to submit our entire lives to your rule, seeking to live in accordance with your Word, that our lives might be for your glory and kingdom alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

GOING DEEPER

WITH CHILDREN

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