11am On-line Service 07 February 2021
This week’s sermon focuses on Romans 6:1-14, where Paul mentions death and life, sin and grace. Dying to sin can be a difficult concept to grasp, but I think verses 3-4 and 10-11 give a beautiful picture of what Paul is trying to describe. He talks about baptism and how it is a picture of us being broken away from the power of sin (laid down into the water) and given new life by the power of God (raised out of the water). God’s grace made us right with him through Jesus’ death and resurrection, and by believing in Jesus and receiving God’s gift of righteousness, we are given a new way to live. We live by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and not by the power of sin. Of course, this doesn’t mean we will stop sinning. We are human after all. But now we live a new life repentant of and grievous for our sin AND secure in our righteousness made possible by Jesus’ sacrifice for that sin.
Talk with your children about how faith in Jesus not only gives us eternal life but new life here on earth. We do not have to be weighed down by our sin but can ask the Holy Spirit to help us live for God in the example Jesus gave us while he walked this earth. As parents, it is important for us to let our children (and especially our teens!) know that we struggle with sin and need to seek help from the Holy Spirit to obey God. It is a blessing for us and our children when we are vulnerable and honest. I pray you experience that this week!