February 23, 2020

Freedom to Serve

Passage: Romans 6:1-14

Bible Text: Romans 6:1-14 | Speaker: Pastor Peter Kenniphaas | Series: Saved to Serve | The gospel of Jesus teaches that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, apart from works (Ephesians 2:8-9). But if salvation isn’t based on the way a person lives, isn’t it possible it might lead a person to live any way they wanted? This is the question raised in Romans 6:1. How does faith in Jesus change us from thinking and living like consumers to thinking and living like servants? Romans 6 tells us why faith in Jesus will lead a person to live a righteous life. The answer is understanding the nature of salvation. Christian salvation is not simply a change in a person’s eternal destination, but a deep inner transformation that results from a person’s spiritual union with Jesus. All true Christians are united to Jesus in His death and resurrection, which means everything true of Jesus becomes true of a Christian. This union is not symbolic but is actual. Christians experience real inner change as a result of their union with Jesus. They receive a new nature and a new position before God. This is why Christians saved by grace through faith in Jesus will live a new kind of life. The key to change is to understand and know the realities of this spiritual union and to use it daily when facing trials and temptations. Using our spiritual union involves growing our conviction of it and confessing it in times of temptation.

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