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The "In Adam" Reality (1 of 6)
Series: Grow - Becoming the Spiritually Mature Person God Wants You to Be
Pastor Frank Damazio
INTRODUCTION: If you are unfulfilled, frustrated and unhappy with yourself it is probably because the growth principle is not working in your life. If we haven't overcome that within us which is above us, we will soon yield to that which is around us! If we do not seriously decide to grow our spiritual nature within us then we will not grow.
o "If necessity is the mother of invention, discontent is the father of progress."
o "God loves you the way you are and loves you too much to leave you that way…"
o "Don't go through life, grow through life."
o "Love not what you are but what you may become."
Have we grown and become all that we thought we would become by now?
Have we become who we thought we would become by this time?
1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation
Hebrews 6:1-2 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
I. OUR POSITION IN ADAM
A. The "In Adam" reality - The Power of Fallenness
1. Born Into Sin: There is a strong biblical emphasis on the influence of our inheritance of what we are "in Adam." The doctrine of original sin means that the very nature we have inherited is tainted and twisted with self-centeredness. Jesus taught it is from within, out of men's hearts, that evil thoughts and actions come.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned--
Romans 5:18-19 Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's right ...
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