December 31, 2017

Ending Well Moving Forward

Passage: Romans 6:16-18
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Bible Text: Romans 6:16-18 | Preacher: Pastor Ken | Series: Engage: Do All In The Name Of The Lord Jesus
Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress.  And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.  He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward.  Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven.”  NLT
1 John 1:5,7, 9 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all…  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin… If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The  Bible –  2 Tim 3:16-17
The Holy Spirit – John 14:15-17, 26-27
Your conscience – Romans 2:15
Wise counsel –  Proverbs 1:2-5
Romans 6:4-8 “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism.  And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was. Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives.  We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also share his new life.” NLT
Romans 6:16-18 “Don’t you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master?  You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his approval. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching God has given you. Now you are free from sin, your old master, and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness. … NLT
Romans 6:20-23 … In those days, when you were slaves of sin, you weren’t concerned with doing what was right. And what was the result? It was not good, since now you are ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God.  Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life though Christ Jesus our Lord.” NLT
Matthew 12:43-45 “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and clean. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.” NLT
We are all slaves to someone or something.
So what? The choice is yours, you don’t have to do life, alone; you have the Holy Spirit and others to help.
Standing on the eve of a new year we are given the opportunity to reflect, to evaluate and to act on our decisions on how we will live!

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