Keeping My Eyes on the Prize (20 of 49) by Jerry Watts

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Keeping My Eyes on the Prize (20 of 49)
Series: Romans- God's Glorious Gospel
Jerry Watts
Romans 6:15-23

• Some of the most famous words that the Apostle Paul ever penned are found in his letter to the church at Philippi. In chapter 3:13-14 he writes, " Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Paul knew he possessed eternal life because of his Damascus Road experience. Anytime his faith was called into question, he was ready to "give an answer for the hope" he had by describing the time he personally met Christ. Even in his security, Paul continually attempted to convey the need to "go on" for Christ, to mature in the Lord, walk in the Spirit, and press on.
• Please open your copy of God's word to Romans 6. Last week we began this Chapter with Paul teaching about "Walking in a new Way of Life." He exposed to us the flaws in some of our thinking, he enlightened us as to the truth of God's word, he explained to us the implications, and he emphasized the actions of having this new life. Verse 14 ends with the implied, "IN CHRIST" we are not under law but under grace.
• Today we begin in verse 14 and immediately I get the impression that wants to make sure everyone understand what not under law but grace really means. Even a cursory reading these verses gives one the impression that Paul felt that the concept of "grace" was apt to be abused by those who didn't understand or didn't care to understand. You see, almost every time grace is extended, some will abuse it. (Let's read)
• The year Pete Rose was about to break Ty Cobb's all time hits record in spring training he was being interviewed. One reporter blurted out, "Pete, you only need 78 hits to break the record. How many at-bats do you think you'll need to get the 78 hits?" Without ...


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