S3EP04 - Embracing Life

Hello and welcome to season 3 episode 4 of The Berean Manifesto; 10 minutes or so a week of faith, hope, and love for the modern Christian.  I’m Pastor Bill of The Ekklesian House and in this installment we are going to take a look at rejecting death while embracing righteousness and life.

In the last episode we talked about the great commission and the right way to go about doing ministry.  We talked about what Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:22 CSB, “[22] Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”  Here Paul is telling Timothy to get himself in order before he steps into ministry.  To take a self assessment to ensure that the Gospel is delivered undefiled.

Then we talked about favoring friendship evangelism and discipleship over bullhorn conversions.  One of the questions that’s asked a lot surrounding friendship evangelism and discipleship is what that looks like and how to do it.  Unfortunately, there is no cookie cutter answer, so it’s going to look different from person to person and relationship to relationship.

What you can do is continue in the time of working on yourself and preparing for ministry and then when you step into friendships with others who need the Gospel you will be the city on the hill that cannot be hidden for them.  Proverbs 12:28 says, “There is life in the path of righteousness, and in its path there is no death.”  We’re going to read Romans 5 and a passage from Romans 6 as we look at this idea of rejecting death while embracing righteousness and life.

Romans 5 CSB, “[1] Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. [2] We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God. [3] And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, [4] endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. [5] This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. [6] For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. [7] For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. [8] But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. [9] How much more then, since we have now been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from wrath. [10] For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. [11] And not only that, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation. [12] Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned. [13] In fact, sin was in the world before the law, but sin is not charged to a person’s account when there is no law. [14] Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the likeness of Adam’s transgression. He is a type of the Coming One. [15] But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man’s trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the gift which comes through the grace of the one man Jesus Christ overflowed to the many. [16] And the gift is not like the one man’s sin, because from one sin came the judgment, resulting in condemnation, but from many trespasses came the gift, resulting in justification. [17] If by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. [18] So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is justification leading to life for everyone. [19] For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. [20] The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more [21] so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We have to wrap our minds around what Paul is writing here.  We just read in Romans 5 that Christ died for us while we were ungodly sinners.  If Christ was willing to die for us when we were his enemies, why now do we torture ourselves with old sins and let them rule our hearts?  Why do we continue to think like those who are slaves to sin?

Romans 6:20-23 CSB says, “[20] When you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. [21] So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of?  The outcome of those things is death. [22] But now, since you have been set free from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification – and the outcome is eternal life! [23] For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  What I’m trying to say is that while working on yourself, preparing for ministry, take an inventory of those things that you’re ashamed of and make plans to avoid them.  Don’t go hapless through each day with a blindfold on waiting for your old sins to ambush you.  Identify the paths of death that you used to walk on and choose to walk a different path. Choose to embrace righteousness and life.

This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”

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