Last Sunday, June 25, 2017, Pastor Ed Allen preached a third sermon in his series on Holiness. This is fitting in with one of our church's seven habits: Uplift God's Character.
Then we looked at Romans 6 to see How to be Holy. How do we do our part?
1) Identify with Christ! (Romans 6:1-4)
Find our identity in Jesus. We're dead to sin.
When we're baptized, that's when we let our freak flag fly!
We're identified with His death and resurrection. We can be good people without identifying with Christ, but it's the beginning of holiness, a whole new way of thinking.
Identifying with Christ is the beginning of the process of holiness for us. We are essentially Christ's.
2) Live with the end in mind! Romans 6:5-7
We are looking forward to the Resurrection. This is the context of our lives. So believing this truth gives meaning to our lives and aids our holiness.
In northern Virginia, we like our lives, we just want them a little better. That's not a deal Jesus makes.
3) Create distance between ourselves and known sin patterns! Romans 6:8-11
Think of yourselves as dead to sin. That old way of looking at things is dead. Refuse to follow the rhythms of sin.
Alcoholics know not to hang out in bars. You can't go near your sin pattern.
Often, we continue to sin because we want to. Think what to do to separate yourself from that pattern.
Practice rhythms of righteousness.
It's not easy, but it's not complicated. "Offer yourselves to God."
We don't control this process, but we can cultivate it.
4) Know the Scriptures, especially the teaching of Jesus and His followers! Romans 6:15-18
You're not ever completely in control. You're either a slave to sin or to obedience. Obedience leads to freedom from sin's slavery.
Romans 6:18-23 - "The benefit you reap leads to holiness."
Why are we not growing in holiness? Step in!
The battle is worth waging!