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February 9, 2015

A Passionate Faith - Romans 6

Paul served the Lord enthusiastically. The apostle's zeal was motivated by three things: gratitude for the amazing but undeserved gift of salvation; conviction that the gospel message was true; and realization that through the cross, sin's power over him had been broken.

Before salvation, we were slaves to sin and unable to break free. But now, having been united with Christ in His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:5-6), we have received the power to say no to temptation and can choose God's way instead. Paul knew his old selfish nature had been crucified with Christ; sin no longer had control over him. This knowledge fueled his passion to follow Jesus and live for Him (Galatians 2:20).

Guided by his commission from Christ, Paul expressed his zeal through obedience to the Lord's direction. Our heavenly Father wants us to focus our passion on carrying out His plan (Matthew 28:19-20).

Like Paul, we are called to live a crucified life - one in which we make the Lord first in our thinking, attitudes, and actions. Such a life includes learning how to walk by faith and stand firm against temptation. While we are unable to do this in our own strength, we can through the Holy Spirit. He empowers us to let go of our self-centered ways and replace them with godly ones.

Paul's faith and commitment to the Lord were an integral part of his thinking, conversation, and work. His passionate faith kept him moving forward, even in times of great adversity. The apostle knew that salvation brought forgiveness of the past and a way to live victoriously in the future.

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.

Sermon Series
      What does a disciple do? Are disciples chosen by God? Or do they choose willingly a life that promises great suffering and trial? Absolute submission. Ultimate sacrifice. And relentless pursuit of that which is promised to those who will follow. This is what it means to be a disciple. Will you?

Last Week:
      Disciples goes fishing for men. They are to make disciples. They are to do so with unquestioning obedience and with absolute abandonment. What is keeping you from being fully devoted to Him?
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will continue our series Disciple, by looking at how a disciple is to Wash Feet. We are going to look at what true Christ-followers are supposed to do.

Upcoming Events
February - Get to Know You Dinners. This is for our church families to get to know one another better.

February 22 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund following the AM Worship service.

February 28 - Secret Sister Kick-Off Luncheon at Kim Staub's home. More details to come.

March 1 - Special Guest Speaker: Terry Taylor Our missionary to Trinidad & Tobago.
              - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

March 7 - Soup Cook-off & Bake-Off at the church beginning at 5 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and enter a soup for the contest. Also, we ask that only one dessert is entered per person.

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