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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

A Cure for Sin; Romans 12

Eric Messelt

Timberline Baptist Church

June 22, 2008


Introduction
Introduction

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


Introduction1
Introduction

  • Sin is Bad


Introduction2
Introduction

  • Sin is Bad

  • A Cure for Sin?


Introduction3
Introduction

  • Sin is Bad

  • A Cure for Sin?

  • Even incurable disease can be treated


Problem of sin
Problem of Sin

  • Specifically, sin of Pride


Problem of sin1
Problem of Sin

  • Specifically, sin of Pride

  • All religions see Pride as a problem…



Sin of pride
Sin of Pride

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


Sin of pride1
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 pride2
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
Famous Practitioners of Pride

  • Satan (Is. 14:13-15; Ezk. 28:15)


Famous practitioners of pride1
Famous Practitioners of Pride

  • Satan (Is. 14:13-15; Ezk. 28:15)

  • Adam (Gen 3:4-6)


Famous practitioners of pride2
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 pride3
Sin of Pride

  • Forgetting our place in the universe


Sin of pride4
Sin of Pride

  • Forgetting our place in the universe

  • Confusing the Creator – critter distinction


Sin of pride5
Sin of Pride

  • Forgetting our place in the universe

  • Confusing the Creator – critter distinction

  • Violation of the Greatest commandment


Romans 12
Romans 12

  • Context

    • Audience is mostly Gentile

    • Important because of “Therefore”

    • What went before linked to what is coming


Romans 9 through 11
Romans 9 through 11

  • Theme of Grace


Romans 9 through 111
Romans 9 through 11

  • Theme of Grace

  • Grace to Israel

  • Grace to Gentiles grafted into God’s people


Romans 9 through 112
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
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 11
Romans 12:1

  • Paul urges them….


Romans 12 12
Romans 12:1

  • Paul urges them….

  • Based on what went before (“mercies”)


Romans 12 13
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 14
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 15
Romans 12:1

  • Present

    • The whole you (“body”)


Romans 12 16
Romans 12:1

  • Present

    • The whole you (“body”)

    • Living Sacrifice


Romans 12 17
Romans 12:1

  • Present

    • The whole you (“body”)

    • Living Sacrifice

    • Holy (set apart)


Romans 12 18
Romans 12:1

  • Present!

    • The whole you (“body”)

    • Living Sacrifice

    • Holy (set apart)

    • Pleasing to God


Romans 12 19
Romans12:1

The argument:

  • This is your “spiritual-reasonable” service


Romans 12 110
Romans 12:1

  • “Reasonable”


Romans 12 111
Romans 12:1

  • “Reasonable”

    Logikos


Romans 12 112
Romans 12:1

  • “Reasonable”

    Logikos

    Logikos


Romans 12 113
Romans 12:1

  • “Reasonable”

    Logikos

    Logikos

    “Logical”


Romans 12 2
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 21
Romans 12:2

  • Don’t be like the world

  • We need to be changed, transformed

  • How?

    • Change our minds

    • Repent!


Romans 12 22
Romans 12:2

  • Purpose?

    • Glorify God

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

    • That it truly is

      • Good

      • Acceptable

      • Perfect


Romans 12 3 7
Romans 12:3-7

  • How do I battle the sin of Pride?

  • By service

    • Specifically, service to the church


Romans 12 3 71
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
Service Is Required

  • What are spiritual gifts for??

  • What is a “servant?”


The goal of service
The Goal of Service

  • is NOT primarily about:

    • getting things done,

    • doing ministry,

    • meeting needs


The goal of service1
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 service2
The Goal of Service

  • Primary: GlorifyingGod

  • Service is secondly about developing Jesus-like hearts


The goal of service3
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
Point of Sermon

  • If you want to be like Jesus:

    • Serve others

    • Be active

    • Get over yourself




Virtues
Virtues

Service attacks both sloth and Pride


Virtues1
Virtues

Service attacks both sloth and Pride

When we practice virtues,

We are “saved” (sanctified)

We become more like Jesus


The goal of service4
The Goal of Service

  • Primary: GlorifyingGod

  • Service is secondly about developing Jesus-like hearts

  • Thirdly, service does accomplish ministry and meet needs


Service
Service

  • Privilege

  • Takes many forms

  • Suppresses evil tendencies

  • Important


Conclusion
Conclusion

How much do you really want to be like Jesus?



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