Summary: Victory through Jesus Christ our Lord - Romans chapter 7 verse 25 - sermon by Gordon Curley (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1). Every Christian Faces a Battle.
(2). Every Christian Sees Themselves in This Verse.
(2). Every Christian Can Experience Victory
• Why Is It?
• Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?
• Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?
• Why is a boxing ring square?
• Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
• Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips?
• Why is it considered necessary to nail down the lid of a coffin?
• Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?
• Why is it that rain drops but snow falls?
• Why is the word dictionary in the dictionary?
• Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?
• Why isn't there mouse-flavoured cat food?
• You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes?
• Why can't they make the whole plane out of the same substance?
• TRANSITION: Okay, from the stupid to the sensible.
• Why is it as a Christian indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit still able to sin?
• Why is it that even though I want to live in victory;
• Too often I experience defeat!
• Remember that winning a war is often determined by a decisive battle,
• One that shifts the advantage.
• With that decisive battle won,
• Winning the war becomes just a matter of time.
• For example, World War II ended on 8th May 1945.
• That day was “VE-Day”, the day of victory and celebration.
• That victory came about;
• Because of the decisive change that came about on 6th June 1944.
• That was when the Allies landed at Normandy.
• That day was known as “D-Day”.
• It was the decisive battle that began the change that finally led to victory.
• TRANSITION: Satan has had his ‘D-Day’.
• On the cross he lost the battle, he lost his hold over humanity.
• By the death of Jesus Christ, Satan has now been defeated, he has had his ‘D-day.’
• And soon – we don’t know when – but soon;
• Satan will face a ‘VE Day’.
• On that occasion God will put an end to all wickedness!
• God will He eliminate Satan's influence forever.
• You can read about it in the book of Revelation.
• And a t the moment with are at that in-between stage
• We are still battling, we are still struggling, we are still fighting,
• But one day, hat battle, that fight, that struggle will be over forever!
(1). Every Christian Faces a Battle.
• Until we are promoted to glory or Christ returns;
• EVERY Christian has to daily battle with is sin:
• Sin is more than just wrong actions, outward disobedience,
• It is a wrong attitude an inner rebellion or desire.
• Sin is disobedience to what God has said (Bible),
• Sin is living independent of God (very 1st commandment “Put God first”)
• When somebody becomes a Christian;
• There are three things to remember concerning sin:
• Regarding the PAST we are saved from sins PUNISHMENT
• It was dealt with at the cross – once and for all.
• This teaching is called justification.
• Quote: Romans chapter 5 verse 8:
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Quote: Hymn: “When peace like a river”
“My sin – oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin – not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to his cross, and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord O my soul”
• Regarding the FUTURE;
• The Bible teaches we shall be saved from sins PRESENCE.
• This teaching is called glorification.
• Quote: Romans chapter 8 verses 16-18 teaches:
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
• We shall be changed;
• 1 Corinthians chapter 15 talks about a new body, and a new heart!
• One that will enable us to spend eternity with the Lord.
• Regarding the PRESENT.
• Each Christian must do daily battle to experience God’s POWER over sin.
• This teaching is called sanctification.
• Quote: Romans chapter 6 verses 18 & Romans chapter 12 verses 1-2:
• N.I.V.: “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
• NLB: “And now you are free from your old master, sin; and you have become slaves