The New Life 1: Free from Sin
Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 6:15–6:18
What does it mean to be “under grace?” Is freedom really the ability to do whatever we want? Paul looks at this in Romans 6, as he repeats in verse 15 the same substantive question he posed in verse 1: “Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace?” Once again, he answers emphatically, “By no means!” the reason, Paul says, is that we are always obedient to one of two masters: either sin as our master or God as our master. If we are truly under grace, then we are now servants of God, being made obedient to righteousness. This is true freedom – to be set free from sin to serve righteousness. This is “The New Life 1: Free from Sin” (Romans 6:15-18).
I. Law or Grace?
A. What it Means to Be Under Law
B. What it Means to Be Under Grace
II. Obedient to What?
A. Obedient to Sin
B. Obedient to God
III. Thanks Be to God
A. Delivered By God
B. Delivered to God
Questions for consideration: (1) What is the danger of misunderstanding our relationship to the Law? (2) What does “freedom” truly mean? What are some misunderstandings of what freedom is? (3) Why is it important for us to give thanks to God, like Paul does here?