How to change: Know, Reckon, and Do

In Romans 6:1-14, Paul is answering the false allegation from the person that says, ‘If I’m saved by grace, I’ll do whatever I want’, telling us how we as believers can be changed. Are you stuck in the the rut of lust? Bitterness? Unforgiveness? Shackled in hate? In shame? Pride? Then, this passage is for you. There are steps for transformation. Not a one-and-done formula, but clear steps that must be repeated our whole lives to change. What must we know? That we died to sin. When we put our faith in Jesus our story becomes his story. Jesus Christ died for sin and in the mystery of conversion we die to sin. His crucifixion is our crucifixion and his resurrection is our resurrection. What must we reckon? The finality and  irreversibility of what Jesus did. Just as Jesus can no longer be under the dominion of death we can no longer be under the dominion of sin again. Sin can still tempt us but it cannot control us or kill us. The only power it has over us is the power of bluff. In the moment of temptation we must intentionally apply the reality that we died and were brought back to life with Christ. What must we do? Say yes to righteousness in obedience and no to sin. We must obey. Moralism says obey, license never says obey, but the gospel says know, reckon, AND obey. We must also take our gospel vitamins by reading the word of God that fuels a life of righteousness, holiness, and obedience. Transformation is not a single event but a lifelong process. Have you put the stake in the ground? You can listen to this message on Romans 6:1-14 by Pastor Mike HERE!

 Who doesn’t like a fish fry? NOBODY! The ladies of Restore are putting together a community fish fry to raise funds to host a retreat in June for the women of Restore! It will be taking place this coming Saturday (5/14/16) at the PO (2701 Joy Rd Detroit) from 12pm to 6pm. They are still in need of helpers, cooking supplies, food, etc. Pretty much anything you could think of that is necessary for a fish fry! Please contact Shayla Johnson, Christie Johnston, or Essie Altman for details and if you can help out. The event page on Facebook is HERE! Also, let’s invite our friends, family, and neighbors so it can be a community event to the truest sense!

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