Dying To Live – No Temptation Believers Statesboro 10-28-12 Listen or Watch Online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/.

We have been talking about the importance of “Dying to Live”. Christ Jesus died so that we could live. We are now dead to our old sin nature and alive through Christ.

Rom 6:11-15 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! (NIV)

Sin used to reign in our lives, but now Grace reigns through righteousness that brings us eternal life!

Rom 5:21 “So that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (NIV)

God has a wonderful plan for your life! But someone else has a plan for your life also.

Jn 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (NKJ)

One of the ways that Satan tries to steal from you is to deceive or tempt you into a sinful state. We are free from the bondage of sin, but often times we are tempted to willfully return to the sins of the flesh. There is a struggle that is going on.

Gal 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” (NAS)

Seven keys that will help you overcome temptation.
Key 1) Realize the Devil Does Have A Plan For Our Life, But He Is A Defeated Foe.

· The Word of God helps us understand our foe, the evil one. (Eph. 2:2; Jn.12:31)

I Jn 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (NIV)

I Jn 5:4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (NIV)

Key 2) Humbly Submit to God.

Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (NIV)

1 Pet 5:6-9 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,

7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the

devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith,

knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. (NKJ)

Lk 4:13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. (NKJ)

Next Step: Humble myself, submit to God and resist the devil’s schemes.

Key 3) See Sin For What It Is.

In Gn. 39, we have the story of the temptation that presents itself to Joseph.

Ps 51:4 Against thee, thee only, I have sinned, and done this evil in thy sight… (KJV)

Next Step: Honest with myself and God and admit my sin is sin.

Key 4) Look For A Way of Escape.

1 Cor 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (NKJ)

2 Pet 2:9 “then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the Day of Judgment”. (NKJ)

Next Step: Memorize 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Key 5) Allow the Word of God to Cleanse You.

Ps 119:9-11 9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (NIV)

The Spiritual Washing with the Word.

Eph. 5:25-27 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. (NKJ)

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Jn 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. (NKJ)

2 Tim 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NKJ)

Key 6) Be a Person of Prayer.

2 Chr 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)

A Pattern – Pray – Seek His Face – Turn.

Rom 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? (NIV)

Mk 14:38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (NKJ)

Matt 6:13. “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. …

Eph 6:13, 18 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (NKJ)

Key 7) Allow Jesus To Sanctify Your Life.

1Thes 5:15-24 …Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely;… (NKJ)

Heb 2:14-18 …For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. (NKJ)

II Thes 3:1-3 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. (NKJ)

Satan may have a plan for our lives, but God has a plan also. If we yield to Him rather than temptation, God will fulfill and accomplish all that He has planned for us!

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. Can you see any examples of John 10:10 in your life, where Satan tried to destroy, or where Jesus brought about His plan of life?

2. Do you or do you know of others who try to rationalize sin being ok, and something less than an offense to God? Why?

3. Do you really think that the Word of God will cleanse and purify you? Why or how does that work?

4. What do you think Jesus meant when He told His disciples to pray “And do not lead us into temptation”? Why would we ask the Father not to lead us into temptation?

5. What does it mean when we say that Jesus will sanctify a believer? Can you explain sanctification?

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We have been talking about the importance of “Dying to Live”. Christ Jesus died so that we could live. We are now dead to our old sin nature and alive through Christ. Even though we know this to be true, Satan is continuing his battle to destroy our lives. He uses the sins of the flesh to try to pull us back into our old life. Join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m.  as we learn seven keys that will help us overcome temptation and live out Christ’s perfect plan for our lives!

One Hour on Wednesday

October 23rd, 2012

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Come spend One Hour on Wednesday with us at Believers Church! We are studying the life and teachings of Peter in the sanctuary.

YOUTH meet in the GARAGE for worship and lots of fun. Promiseland and Believing Kids in meet in the PURPLE, BLUE and ORANGE rooms! See you this Wednesday @ 7 p.m.

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Listen or watch online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/! Notes from Sunday’s sermon are below.

Dying To Live SIN – LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT Believers Church 10-21-12

Every human being on earth has a sin problem, and every one of us needs a Savior.

But Do We Really Hate Sin?

Sin is mankind’s problem. Sin destroys. Sin hinders. Sin messes everything up.

Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.

Grace does not cancel out God’s standards for Christian behavior.Our casualness concerning sin and God’s standards encourages sin. If the rules don’t matter, we can do whatever we want to do. But unrestrained living will lead to doom.
New Testament Sin Lists

Gal 5:19-21 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (NIV)

1 Cor 6:9-10 9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders

10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (NIV)

Rev 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars– their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." (NIV)

NEXT STEP: I commit to live by grace but according to God’s standards.

Freedom from Sin

Christians are not only saved, but they should also be Free from Sin and Bondage!

Jn 8:32-36 True Freedom comes through Christ. (NKJ)

2 Cor 3:17-18 “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (NIV)

NOT PERFECTION, BUT NOT LIVING IN BONDAGE EITHER!

STRIVE FOR PERFECTION. OUR GOAL: WE are FREE from the BONDAGE of SIN

What is Freedom?

Is it the ability to do whatever you want to do whenever you want to do it?

“Freedom is being able to do what you please without considering anyone except your spouse, your children, your parents, the police, your boss, your life insurance company, your doctor, federal and state authorities, and your neighbors.”

This freedom is not necessarily "freedom to go wherever one likes, or do whatever one wants to do" but it is used of "freedom from restraint and obligation" in general, in this case freedom from the control or bondage of sin. The bottom line is that you will have to serve somebody. It may be the devil or the Lord, sin or righteousness.

Rom 6:18-23 “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” (NIV)

Rom 8:1-2 “Free from the law of sin and death.” (NIV)

Jas 1:25 “The perfect law that gives freedom.” (NIV)

You will serve somebody or something! I choose to serve Master and Teacher, Christ Jesus.

Matt 11:28-30 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (NKJ)

NEXT STEP: I commit myself to serve my loving Master, Christ Jesus.

Freedom with commitment and responsibility!

Jn 8:10-11 "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more." (NKJ)

1 Pet 2:16 “Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil.” (NIV)

Gal 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (NIV)

Gal 5:13-14 “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” (NIV)

How do you maintain your freedom?

1. Walk in the Spirit

Gal 5:16-17 Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (NKJ)

2. Stay in the Word

Jn 8: 31 …"If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. (NKJ)

  1. Remember that the alternative to freedom is bondage and spiritual death
DEATH CYCLE Free from Sin (But no longer living free from sin)

You choose the Yoke of Bondage. The Holy Spirit is grieved and hindered by the presence of unconfessed sin in your life. Where the Spirit is not, there is not liberty.

LIFE CYCLE Free from Sin Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! Due to a lack of sin, you experience more of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life.

CHRIST JESUS CAN BREAK THE DEATH CYCLE IF YOU CONFESS YOUR SINS 1 JOHN 1:9

NEXT STEP: I choose to live by the live cycle rather than the death cycle.

  1. Serve one another in love

Gal 5:13-14 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the

sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (NIV)

Have we committed ourselves to helping others to no longer be slaves but to enjoy freedom as well? Do you take Paul’s words seriously: “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another?”

Christ will set you free today! With the power of the Holy Spirit, we must stand firm and walk in our freedom. Sin – Love it or Leave it! I choose to leave it.

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. Not by what they say, but by their actions, do you think Christians in general hate sin? Or by their actions are

they indicating that they like or even love sin?

2. Do you see a lot of people taking advantage of the grace of God?

3. Some have the attitude that we will never be prefect so why try. Should perfection in Christ Jesus be our goal

or should we shoot for something less?

4. Define freedom. Now tell what it means to you to be free in Christ. How do we declare that we are free from

sin when we still mess up from time to time?

5. In your own words explain the Death Cycle and the Life Cycle.

6. How will using your freedom to love and serve others help you overcome your temptations to sin?

Vision Dinner 10-26

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Last week we learned about the death and life concept that we are dead to sin and alive in Christ Jesus. That’s what we mean by “Dying to Live”.

Christ Jesus died so that we could live, and we now die to our old sin nature and live through Christ.

Every human being on earth has a sin problem, and every one of us needs a Savior. But do we really hate sin? Grace does not cancel out God’s standards for Christian behavior. Our casualness concerning sin and God’s standards encourages sin. If the rules don’t matter, we can do whatever we want to do. But unrestrained living will lead to doom.  Join us at Believers Church Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we learn how to be free from sin as we choose the LIFE CYCLE rather than the DEATH CYCLE.

One Hour On Wednesday Tonight

October 17th, 2012

This Wednesday evening join us as we continue our verse by verse study on the life and teachings of Peter. Believers Youth will meet in the GARAGE and Believing Kids will meet in the Orange, Blue & Purple rooms. We have something for the whole family, so join us for a great night of worship and study!

 

Don’t forget your candy donations for Family Fun Night! Drop off containers are in the lobby!

 

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Dying To Live Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ Believers Statesboro 10-14-12

Listen or watch online to last weekends sermon at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/. Below are the notes for you to follow along with.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)

Acts 17:28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’… (NIV)

Rom 6:11 …count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

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Rom 5:1-2 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, (just as if you had never sinned) we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Rom 5:18-21 18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20 The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

If God set us free from the Law, why did He give the Law in the first place?

Rom 5:20-21 20 The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (NIV)

  • The law was given, “So that trespasses might increase” So you would realize your sins.
Sloppy Grace

Rom 6:1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? (NIV)

We conclude, “That’s great news! Now I can continue in sin so that grace will increase! Grace is a good thing!” We would never think that would we? The early church did.

Rom 6:2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (NIV)

Can Grace be abused? Is there such a thing as “Sloppy Grace”? Can we take something as wonderful as God’s grace, His favor and enabling power and misuse it?

NEXT STEP: I will make sure that I am not living in “Sloppy Grace”.

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Rom 6:3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

Eph 2:4-6 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions– it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, (NIV)

Rom 6:4-6 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was

raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5 If we have been united with

him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6 For we know that our old

self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to

sin. (NIV)

Rom 6:7-11 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe\

that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;

death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he

lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

Rom 6:12-13 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not

offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who

have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of

righteousness. (NIV)

We have a continual choice day after day whether to yield ourselves to sin or to God.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. (NIV)

Though we can never say in this life that we are free from all sin.

James 3:2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. (NIV)

I Jn 1:8-10 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. (NIV)

But we also should never say, “This one sin has defeated me—I give up.”

NEXT STEP: Confess my sins according to 1 John 1:9 and allow Jesus to purify me from

all unrighteousness.

Some erroneously interpret this verse to mean that it does not matter if Christians sins, because they are no longer “under law.” This is contrary to Paul’s whole discussion of sin and to Jesus’ own words about the law.

Matt 5:17-20 17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish

them but to fulfill them. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the

least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Anyone who

breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the

kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of

heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the

law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. (NIV)

Slaves to Sin or Righteousness?

Rom 6:15:16 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!

16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one

whom you obey– whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to

righteousness?

If you obey the commands of sin, then sin is your master and you are moving in the direction of death. If you obey the commands of righteousness, then righteousness is your master, and your will experience true life. Dying to sin, alive in Christ Jesus!

Rom 6:17-18 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the

form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to

righteousness.

You have been set free from sin if you are a believer in Christ Jesus and have received His gift

of grace, the gift of righteousness. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus you are not free

from sin, but you can be. It’s your choice. You can die to live. Die to your sins and come alive in Christ Jesus.

NEXT STEP: I will memorize Romans 6:11.

 

Memory Verse: Romans 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. What was God’s purpose in giving us the Law?

2. Is sin your master or is righteousness your master? How do you determine which is ruling you?

3. What do you do when you feel like a certain sin is controlling you or trying to enslave you?

4. What do you think the Lord is saying in Romans 6:11 when he tells us to count ourselves dead to sin?

5. What does it mean to live “alive to God in Christ Jesus”?

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Tired of doing the things you don’t want to do? Do you feel trapped in a lifestyle of bad or sinful habits? Good News! You don’t have to live that way anymore. As a matter of fact you can die to your sinful nature and come alive in Christ Jesus. Join us this Sunday at Believers Church at 9 or 11 a.m. as we die to sin and come alive in Christ! In this six week series we will discover how to live in God’s grace and abundant life!