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A New Life In Christ (19 of 49)
Series: Romans- God's Glorious Gospel
• This week, I read about a man who was selling an old warehouse. The building had been empty for months and needed repairs. Gangs had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and thrown trash everywhere. As he showed a prospective buyer the property, he took pains to say that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage. The buyer smiled and said "Forget about the repairs. When I buy this place, I'm going to build something completely different. I don't want the building; I want the site.
• As I read this story, I thought about this week's text and the message which God has for us. Why? Because too often we tend to think when we trust Jesus and restore our broken relationship with God, that He just kind of puts His stamp of approval on "who we are." Sometimes we think God is getting a pretty good deal when in point of fact, God doesn't care about the life we have built, the plans we have made, or what assets we have. He doesn't want the OLD BUILDING we have created with our hands, rather, He wants our LIVES (the site, as it were) to build something entirely new upon. He intended to give us a NEW WAY OF LIFE. Let me sadden some of you just a little, "God is not into the OLD, God is "into" the new." But the good news is this; He intends to make our life NEW in Jesus.
• Turn with me to Romans 6:1-14 and let's continue our study. (Read V4) Paul is teaching us about "new life." Watch how:
1. PAUL EXPOSES - The word expose is a strong word. It is a word that is used both positively and negatively. It is used in health as in "my child was exposed to measles." It is used in education, "In college or church, I was exposed to his or her teachings." You can even expose a crime, mistake, failure, fault, sin or even an attitude (This can be painful). Here Paul is exposing possible attitude wh ...
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