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|The tipping point
15 September 2019
|Scripture reading Romans 6:11-14|
Read Romans 6:1-14
DEAD TO SIN - ALIVE IN CHRIST
BEFORE - AFTER.
BEFORE WHAT? CHRIST? YES
JUSTIFICATION – THE TIPPING POINT IN YOUR LIFE
Try and read the story of Stephen Lungu. His testimony is amazing. He witnesses how God can change lives.
Form the Kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of light
Read Ephesians 2:2; Colossians 1:13
There’s a tipping point; a pivot; a breaking point; a point of no return in your life
What has this got to do with the book of Romans? Last week Gill talked about Romans 5:1-11
What she was talking about was COVENANT AND JUSTIFICATION
- COVENANT IS WHEN A RELATIONSHIP HAS NO CONDITIONS. NOTHING WILL BREAK IT
- JUSTIFICATION It means PUT RIGHT WITH GOD --- JUST AS IF I HAD NEVER SINNED.
- SO, THEY ARE STRONGLY LINKED
THERE IS THIS BEFORE AND AFTER THING GOING ON.
God made it possible for us to be reconciled with Him
And because Jesus Lived, died was resurrected, everyone is able to come to the Father through the Son.
Everyone belongs to Jesus. Everyone. But still many don’t know it. They’re there, but they don’t know it.
What did we do?
WE SAID YES!!! And that was the tipping point. The BEGINNING OF REAL CHANGE. THE BEGINNING OF
WE’RE AT THE TIPPING POINT! THIS IS WHERE AND WHEN YOU REALISED THAT JESUS WAS REAL. AND YOU WANTED HIM. AND YOU KNEW THAT HE WANTED YOU
So, Roman’s 5:1-11 tells what is true of our lives. THIS IS ABOUT BEFORE
Because we have been justified and reconciled to God. The benefits are. Peace. Grace. Hope
The Glory of God shines through us
Romans 6:1-14 tells us about the AFTER
Read Ephesians 2:1-4; 8-9
Paul has shown us that we are all guilty before God. All of us are acquitted of guilt and reconciled to God.
But we keep blowing it!!!! We keep sinning and hurting each other and God. We seem to be in a vicious circle. DOES THISMEAN THAT WE HAVE GONE BACK TO THE “BEFORE” STATE?
NO IT DOESN’T. YOU CAN NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN
HAVE YOU HEARD THE OLD ARGUMENT ABOUT NATURE AND NURTURE?
One says we are born like this
The other says that – no –our environment made us like this
I RECKON IT IS BOTH
But the thing is that you/we cannot blame our past, our upbringing our personality, our social standing.
When we sin, we may doubt.
Did that change really happen?
DON’T GIVE UP! Don’t use the past as an excuse that the transition didn’t happen. TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!!!
Take courage. THE DIFFERENCE IS THIS. WE GO TO THE CROSS. WE VERBALLY SAY WE ARE SORRY. NOT JUST IN OUR HEADS BUT OUT LOUD. ADMIT THE MISTAKE AND CCEPT THE FORGIVENESS THAT IS FREELY OFFERED TO YOU!!
God can overcome your past
Judges 11:1. In those days you couldn’t have a worse start in life. But God used Jephthah, who became famous as the youngest governor in Israel. He’s listed with the heroes in Hebrews 11
Read Romans 6:4-5
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST HAS MADE A PERMANENT CHANGE IN YOU AND YOUR LIFE,
Justification is BEING MADE RIGHT WITH GOD
It is because of this justification that we can walk in the newness of life.
Living the resurrected life is living a transformed life.
Sin’s penalty paid for, sin’s chains broken, we have new life in Christ. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then your life is defined by and in the resurrection of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Living a resurrected life is a fruitful Christocentric life
WE CANNOT HAVE A RESURRECTION IF THERE IS NOT DEATH
AT THE TIPPING POINT YOU DIE
SO, when did this happen?
When was the tipping point in your life?
When was the turning point?
When was the point of departure for your new life?
you ARE living the Resurrected life
THE COVENANT IS REAL. YOU ARE DIFFERENT!