July 3, 2016

Celebrating Freedom by Grace through Discipleship
Romans 6:14-18
Dr. Edward Bland, 07/3/16
My brothers and my sisters teaching and being taught is the key to knowing you are free and the enjoyment of the freedom God has given by grace
Vs. 14- tells us that sin no longer has dominion over our lives
Vs. 15-16 tells us that since we have freedom we are going to serve either sin to death or righteousness to life
 
But when you know the God of the Bible who would not serve a God like our God who has freed us from the
  1. Penalty of Sin
  2. Power of Sin
  3. Will be saved from the Presence of Sin
I.Be thankful to God for your freedom from sin- vs.17
a.America won her freedom with bullets and cannon balls
b.Black people won our freedom through protest, sit ins, legislations because of political pressure of conscience
c.But bullets, cannons and political conscience couldn’t free us from the destructiveness of sin
  1. But love moved God “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believe in Him should not parish but have everlasting life(John 3:16)
  2. Knowing this that our old man is crucified with him that the body of sin might be destroyed that henceforth we should not serve sin. Verse 6
II.Freedom from sin is secured through a pattern of teaching- vs.17
a.Freedom from the penalty of sin comes through salvation by grace
b.Freedom from the power of sin come through discipleship
“But you ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine”
  1. Repentance and conversion simultaneously happens
  2. After salvation comes transformation through discipleship
c.That form of doctrine which was delivered
  1. Form of doctrine is a pattern of teaching
The pattern of teaching tells us how we are saved
The pattern of teaching tells us what it means to be saved
  1. We are no longer bound by sin
  2. We are no longer a slave to sin
  3. We are no longer a slave to Satan
The pattern of teaching informs us of the power God has given us to live on to even control our flesh
 
The pattern of teaching is exercising the principle of discipleship
  1. Regular Bible study
  2. Regular Sunday school
  3. Regular personal bible study
Jesus says in John 8:31-32, “If ye continue in my word then ye are my disciples indeed and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free
III.Freedom from sin is freedom to serve God- vs.18
“Being made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”
  1. Being made free is in the imperfect tense which means something happen in the past that is still in affect
  2. This freedom is ongoing, perpetual
a.We are not just free to be free
b.We are freed for purpose
  1. We are free to worship God
  2. We are free to do ministry for God
  3. We are free to fellowship with God
  4. We are free to evangelize for God
  5. We are free to be disciples of God
c.We are free to become the servants of righteousness
  1. Become suggest a process, discipleship is a process
  2. Become servants of righteousness is to do what God says
  3. By doing what God says makes us like Christ