SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In the beginning of this chapter we see the importance of baptism. Baptism is when a person is lowered under water than raised out of the water, signifying that he or she is putting her faith in Jesus. Paul is speaking to "all of us who were baptized." He considers baptism as the defining moment. If you haven't been baptized, what he's writing doesn't apply to you.
- Apparently people were asking the question: "Since God forgives our sin, can't we just keep on sinning?" Paul emphatically answers no. When we're baptized we are choosing to die to our old lives of sin and to live our lives for God.
- Paul insists that we live "every part" of our lives for God.
- The great part is that when we live for sin, it leads to death. But when we live for God, it leads to life (see verses 20-23).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- The key idea of this chapter is that we are going to be "slaves" to something. There is going to be something that will be the driving factor of our lives. And that something will be either God or sin. If you have given your life to God, you have chosen to no longer be a slave to sin but instead to live for God.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Baptism is for people who have put their faith in Jesus and want to live with and for God. It is a beginning point, not an ending point. Have you been baptized? If you believe, you need to be. To learn more about baptism, listen to the message we did on it here. We will be doing baptisms at Verve in the next few weeks; if you're interested, please let us know.
- What is your attitude about sin? Is it something you do when you feel like it? Is it the "off limits" stuff you can't do, but wish you could? We need to have the right perspective on sin. It is an unloving action towards either God or people. It is a choice to go against God's plan for my life. It is a decision to distance myself from intimacy with God and/or people. That's why we need to say no to sin, and instead live according to God's plan of love for our lives.