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Summary: This sermon helps people understand about true repentance and salvation and the life changing power of Jesus.

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Baptism of Repentance (Freedom)

INTRODUCTION:

VIDEO – BAPTISM - SHOW

MATT 3:1-11

Matt 28:19-20

ROMANS 6:1 - 23

BAPTISM – DEFINE – DESCRIBE

WATER BAPTISM IS A SYMBOL OF THE BELIEVER’S UNION WITH CHRITST IN HIS DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.

V1 – SOME MIGHT CLAIM THAT IF BY SINNING THEY WERE PROVIDING GOD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISPLAY THE GREATNESS OF HIS GRACE THEN THEY SHOULD SIN MORE AND MORE.

V2 – THE IDEA OF A CHRISTIAN CONTINUING IN SIN IS ENTIRELY CONTRARY TO THE GOSPEL.

SIN IS HATEFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE, AND THOSE WHO HAVE DIED TO THE LOVE OF SIN AND THE RULING POWER OF SIN SHOULD NEVER WANT TO LIVE IN IT ANY LONGER.

1. DEAD TO SIN – v3, 6, 7, 9

EX – AN OLD LADY WENT TO A TOMBSTONE-CUTTER’S OFFICE TO ORDER A STONE FOR HER HUSBAND’S GRAVE.

AFTER EXPLAINING THAT ALL SHE WANTED WAS A SMALL ONE WITH NO FRILLS, SHE TOLD HIM TO PUT THE WORDS “To My Husband” SUITABLE PLACE.

WHEN THE STONE WAS DELIVERED, SHE SAW, TO HER HORROR, THIS INSCRIPTION: “To My Husband-In a Suitable Place.”

V6 – OUR OLD MAN IS OUR PRECONVERSION LIFE, WHAT WE WERE BEFORE BECOMING CHRISTIANS UNDER THE UNRESTRAINED DOMINION OF THE FLESH (SIN NATURE).

THE BODY OF SIN REFERS TO THE SINFUL NATURE WITHIN US, NOT TO THE HUMAN BODY.

THE GREEK VERB TRANSLATED DONE AWAY WITH DOES NOT MEAN TO BECOME EXTINCT, BUT TO BE DEFEATED OR DEPRIVED OF POWER (RENDERED POWERLESS).

2. ALIVE TO GOD – v4, 5, 8, 10

App – v11-14 – READ

V11 – DEAD TO SIN: NOT CONTROLLED BY THE LOVE OF SIN OR ITS RULING POWER IN OUR LIVES, DEAD TO ITS ENSLAVING POWER (BUT NOT DEAD TO ALL OF ITS INFLUENCE.

V12 – THEREFORE, IF WE ARE DEAD TO THE RULING POWER OF SIN, AND IF SIN HAS DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS IN OUR LIVES, THEN, OF COURSE, WE SHOULD NOT LET IT REIGN IN OUR BODIES.

V13 – WE HAVE A TONTINUAL CHOICE DAY AFTER DAY WHETHER TO YIELD OURSELVES TO SIN OR TO GOD.

MEMBERS: THE VARIOUS PARTS OF OUR BODIES, PROBABLY AS REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES. (THOUGHTS, WORDS, ATTITUDES, ACTIONS)

V14 – THOUGH WE CAN NEVER SAY IN THIS LIFE THAT WE ARE FREE FROM ALL SIN, WE ALSO SHOULD NEVER SAY, “THIS ONE SIN HAS DEFEATED ME – I GIVE UP.

APP – THE POWER OF CHRIST’S RESURRECFTION AT WORK WITHIN US IS GREATER THAN THE POWER OF ANY SIN, NO MATTER HOW LONG ESTABLISHED IN OUR LIVES.

APP – TO BE UNDER LAW IS TO BE UNDER A SYSTEM OF TRYING TO EARN SALVATION IN OUR OWN STRENGTH BY OBEYING THE LAW, BUT TO BE UNDER GRACE IS TO BE JUSTIFIED AND TO LIVE BY TH E INDWELLING RESURRECTION POWER OF CHRIST.

APP – WE CAN DIE TO SIN, NOT BECAUSE OF THE LAW FORBIDDING IT, BUT THROUGH ALL THE RESOURCES THAT GRACE PROVIDES.

APP – SOME ERRONEOUSLY INTERPRET THIS VERSE TO MEAN THAT IT DOES NOT MATTER IF CHRISTIANS DOSOBEY GOD’S MORAL COMMANDS, BECAUSE THEY ARE NO LONGER “UNDER LAW.”

APP – SUCH AN INTERPRETATION (ANTINOMIANISM) IS CONTRARY TO PAUL’S WHOLE DISCUSSION OF SIN AND TO JESUS’ OWN WORDS ABOUT THE LAW.

App – SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU, FOR YOU ARE NOT UNDER LAW BUT UNDER GRACE!!!! (FREE!)

3. SLAVES OF SIN – V15-17

Ex – A MAN WITH A NAGGING SECRET WAS UNABLE TO KEEP IT ANY LONGER.


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