Christ, who died and was raised for them.
16So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!17This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

. The old life is gone; a new life has begun because we have died to our old life.

. We cannot try to cling to our old life.

. That life is dead.

. That old vessel that was filled with sin and shame is to be torn apart and a new person is to emerge.

. In order for this new creation to be built, the old must die.

. A read about a man who was selling an old warehouse. The building had been empty for months and needed repairs. Gangs had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and thrown trash everywhere.
As he showed a prospective buyer the property, he took pains to say that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage.
The buyer smiled and said ďForget about the repairs. When I buy this place, Iím going to build something completely different. I donít want the building; I want the site.

. When we die to Christ all that is left of us is the site.

. Everything else must die and Jesus must take control and build a whole new creation in us.

. A dead church is one where the members are dead men and women walking.

. There was a movie by that title here a few years back. Thatís what they called people who had been convicted of murder and were waiting on death row to be executed.

. Christians are dead men walking.

. They have died to their sins and they are allowing Jesus to resurrect them into a new life.

. When I baptize someone I say to them that they are buried with Jesus through baptism and they are raised with him into a newness of life.

. They have been reborn.

. Born again as Jesus told Nicodemus over in the third chapter of John.

. In order to be born again, we must first die.

. Churches can never flourish and be successful in itís mission of making disciples until itís members are dead people.

. Dead to sin

. Not only are we to be dead to sin, we must also be dead to self.

. Dead to self.

. Look at verse 12-13; Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.13Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.

. Folks we have to die to self

. We have this new life that has been given to us through being born again the old life is dead.
. Our priorities change.

. What used to be important has changed.

. No longer are we to be the old selfish gotta have my way person.

. We have died to that old selfish life.

. We must die to ourselves.

. A great illustration
Harrison Samuel
March 15, 2012
I believe that we should confess life, We are alive to Christ, but dead to sin. We are not walking dead, but well alive. As a matter of fact, we are mandated to share life. Behold all things are become new. Jesus said that he came to give Life.
John Fults
March 8, 2012
I enjoyed reading this message. I believe the church is a body of believers working together to proclaim Jesus as passionately as we possibly can. Good message.
Pollie Marabe
March 6, 2012
I believe that the Church is a living organization not a dead one, the Church should be alive, carrying the great commission of reaching and discipling converts to the advancement of the cause of Christ. Matt.28:19-20. When we say dead, it should be the individual person, "dead to sin but alive to God" and not an organize Church is dead-which is the Christ "Ecclesia."The Christ own Church will remain alive until His coming again!