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A Cure for Sin; Romans 12. Eric Messelt Timberline Baptist Church June 22, 2008. Introduction. Speaker: Eric Messelt- graduate from Western Seminary, Portland. Introduction. Sin is Bad. Introduction. Sin is Bad A Cure for Sin?. Introduction. Sin is Bad A Cure for Sin?

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A Cure for Sin; Romans 12

Eric Messelt

Timberline Baptist Church

June 22, 2008


Introduction

  • Speaker: Eric Messelt- graduate from Western Seminary, Portland


Introduction

  • Sin is Bad


Introduction

  • Sin is Bad

  • A Cure for Sin?


Introduction

  • Sin is Bad

  • A Cure for Sin?

  • Even incurable disease can be treated


Problem of Sin

  • Specifically, sin of Pride


Problem of Sin

  • Specifically, sin of Pride

  • All religions see Pride as a problem…


Seven Deadly Sins


Sin of Pride

  • “Inordinate self love is the cause of every sin” – Thomas Aquinas


Sin of Pride

  • “Inordinate self love is the cause of every sin” – Thomas Aquinas

  • Working definition: thinking more highly of yourself than you ought (Rom. 12:3)


Sin of Pride

“For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, …” 1Tim 4:10

Love of money causes all kinds of mischief!

Aquinas says that the cause of all sin is the first sin of Pride.


Famous Practitioners of Pride

  • Satan (Is. 14:13-15; Ezk. 28:15)


Famous Practitioners of Pride

  • Satan (Is. 14:13-15; Ezk. 28:15)

  • Adam (Gen 3:4-6)


Famous Practitioners of Pride

  • Satan (Is. 14:13-15; Ezk. 28:15)

  • Adam (Gen 3:4-6)

  • Me (not so famous) – a fan of sin for over 50 years!


Sin of Pride

  • Forgetting our place in the universe


Sin of Pride

  • Forgetting our place in the universe

  • Confusing the Creator – critter distinction


Sin of Pride

  • Forgetting our place in the universe

  • Confusing the Creator – critter distinction

  • Violation of the Greatest commandment


Romans 12

  • Context

    • Audience is mostly Gentile

    • Important because of “Therefore”

    • What went before linked to what is coming


Romans 9 through 11

  • Theme of Grace


Romans 9 through 11

  • Theme of Grace

  • Grace to Israel

  • Grace to Gentiles grafted into God’s people


Romans 9 through 11

  • Theme of Grace

  • Grace to Israel

  • Grace to Gentiles grafted into God’s people

  • God is persistent to bless his sinful people


Romans 12:1

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God - your spiritual service of worship.


Romans 12:1

  • Paul urges them….


Romans 12:1

  • Paul urges them….

  • Based on what went before (“mercies”)


Romans 12:1

  • Paul urges them….

  • Based on what went before (“mercies”)

  • Because you God, Yahweh, is gracious to you, you should live grace lives


Romans 12:1

  • Paul urges them….

  • Based on what went before (“mercies”)

  • Because you God, Yahweh, is gracious to you, you should live grace lives

  • Main verb: “Present”


Romans 12:1

  • Present

    • The whole you (“body”)


Romans 12:1

  • Present

    • The whole you (“body”)

    • Living Sacrifice


Romans 12:1

  • Present

    • The whole you (“body”)

    • Living Sacrifice

    • Holy (set apart)


Romans 12:1

  • Present!

    • The whole you (“body”)

    • Living Sacrifice

    • Holy (set apart)

    • Pleasing to God


Romans12:1

The argument:

  • This is your “spiritual-reasonable” service


Romans 12:1

  • “Reasonable”


Romans 12:1

  • “Reasonable”

    Logikos


Romans 12:1

  • “Reasonable”

    Logikos

    Logikos


Romans 12:1

  • “Reasonable”

    Logikos

    Logikos

    “Logical”


Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.


Romans 12:2

  • Don’t be like the world

  • We need to be changed, transformed

  • How?

    • Change our minds

    • Repent!


Romans 12:2

  • Purpose?

    • Glorify God

    • Prove-test-confirm-approve God’s will

    • That it truly is

      • Good

      • Acceptable

      • Perfect


Romans 12:3-7

  • How do I battle the sin of Pride?

  • By service

    • Specifically, service to the church


Romans 12:3-7

  • How do I battle the sin of Pride?

  • By service

    • Specifically, service to the church

  • Conclusion: each believer is important to the whole body


Service Is Required

  • What are spiritual gifts for??

  • What is a “servant?”


The Goal of Service

  • is NOT primarily about:

    • getting things done,

    • doing ministry,

    • meeting needs


The Goal of Service

  • Primary: GlorifyingGod

    Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1Cor 10:31)

    - that’s the goal of everything we do


The Goal of Service

  • Primary: GlorifyingGod

  • Service is secondly about developing Jesus-like hearts


The Goal of Service

Heart of Jesus:

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, …” (Mk. 10:45)


Point of Sermon

  • If you want to be like Jesus:

    • Serve others

    • Be active

    • Get over yourself


Seven Deadly Sins


Seven Deadly Sins - Virtues


Virtues

Service attacks both sloth and Pride


Virtues

Service attacks both sloth and Pride

When we practice virtues,

We are “saved” (sanctified)

We become more like Jesus


The Goal of Service

  • Primary: GlorifyingGod

  • Service is secondly about developing Jesus-like hearts

  • Thirdly, service does accomplish ministry and meet needs


Service

  • Privilege

  • Takes many forms

  • Suppresses evil tendencies

  • Important


Conclusion

How much do you really want to be like Jesus?


Blessings to you and yours in this next week.


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