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Summary: This sermon deals with sin. Idea came from the A&E tv show Hoarders.

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TITLE: HOARDERS

TEXT: ROMANS 12:1 & 2

INTRO:

1. We must realize that Christianity is primarily about the rescuing of our souls from sin and the restoration of right standing with God.

2. The plan of God is not to get us to walk down an aisle in a church to an altar and repeat a prayer, but His plan is for the complete transformation of our lives. Real Christianity is not about what we do but about who we are, and who we are should change what we do.

3. We must understand that our culture has turned us from Christian Americans to American Christians. For us, Christianity has become little more than a box to be checked on a census form. Christianity is equivalent to an accessory to an outfit, like a belt or scarf, that we put on or take off depending on what we believe the dress code to be for each event of our lives.

4. If we were to be asked about Christianity we would talk about the church we periodically attend instead of saying that we have been set free from the curse of sin, that we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, that we have been crucified with Christ, that we are not our own but have been bought with a price, and that we are a new creation in Christ Jesus.

5. It is the problem of sin and relationship with God that Jesus came to solve. It is this same problem that the apostle Paul wrote so often about.

6. In the book of Romans we find his definitive teaching on the issue of sin, redemption, and the changed life. The crux of the teaching is found in these two verses of chapter 12; that we no longer conform to this world, but that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we can live in the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.

7. In order to fully understand and appreciate this profound statement we must understand the importance of the word “therefore” in verse 1. Anytime there is a “therefore” in Scripture, it is a sign that the author wants us to filter their next words through the words that precede them. In some cases this means the preceding verses or chapter, but in the case of Romans 12:1 & 2 it means all eleven chapters that came before.

8. In the first eleven chapters of Romans Paul tells us that:

The wrath of God will be poured out on unrepentant mankind because of sin (1:18), that mankind is without excuse (1:20), and that the gospel of Christ is the power of God for salvation (1:16).

The goodness of God leads us to repentance (2:4), and that what we do on the outside won’t get us right standing with God but who we are on the inside will (2:25-29).

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we are justified by the grace of God, and that Jesus shed His blood as a propitiation for our sin (3:23-25).

The promise of God is fulfilled through faith (4:13) and that against hope we can still hope and believe (4:18).

God demonstrated His love to us through Jesus’ death on the cross while we were still in our sin (5:8).

We are no longer slaves to sin but slaves of righteousness (6:18).


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