Summary: We can have victory over sin through Jesus.
Sin Is Not Our Master
July 19, 2009 Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: We can have victory over sin through Jesus.
Focus Passage: Romans 6:12-23
Supplemental Passage: (1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NASB) Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
Introduction: Johnny, Susie, the slingshot and a duck
Merriam-Webster defines “slave” as:
1 : a person held in servitude as the chattel (or property) of another
2 : one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence
I. We must all be slaves to someone/something
a. "If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; " (Joshua 24:15 NASB)
II. Sin is a fickle master
a. Sin is pleasant for season. People who choose sin aren’t irrational idiots. They think they’re getting something out of it. But here’s the point – Sin is a fickle master. Just when you think you’ve gotten something, it turns sour. It doesn’t last..
b. Types “Of sin resulting in death.”
1. Enslaved to carnal pleasure: “if it feels good…do it!” philosophy. Causes a person to disregard consequences to themselves or to others.
2. Enslaved to worldly popularity: “do whatever it takes and compromise whatever necessary to gain the applause of the world” and “honor and integrity for sale at any price.”
3. Enslaved to the sin of greed.
“For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:10 NASB)
4. Enslaved to insatiable and unbreakable habits. Any addiction you have that you cannot quit enslaves you: drugs (legal or illegal); alcohol; tobacco; pornography.
III. Jesus is the Good Master
a. "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU," (Hebrews 13:5 NASB)
b. "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NASB)
c. Free from the eternal damnation of sin: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
d. Free from sin’s dominion and control: “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14.