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ThoughtForWeek - 2nd Sunday in August

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2nd Sunday in August

Romans 6:1-18

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May
it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know
that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into
His death?

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that
as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might
walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of
His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing
this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done
away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed
from sin.

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing
that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer
is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but
the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead
to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your
mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members
of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to
God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness
to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never
be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience,
you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of
obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were
slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which
you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
Romans 6:1-18 (NAS)


According to Romans 6, all of us who have been baptized (immersed in water -- see
Acts 2:38-39 and Acts 8:38-39) into Jesus Christ as the scriptures teach...we are
baptized into whose death?

When we are buried with Christ in baptism, we have the following promises from these
verses: 1) If we have been buried with Him throught baptism, as Christ was raised
from the dead...we too might walk in _______ of life; 2) If we become united with
Him in the likeness of His ________, then we certainly shall be united with Him
in the likeness of His _____________; 3) If our old self was crucified with Him,
that our body of sin might be done away with, we should no longer be slaves to
________; 4) If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also ______ with

Suggested Bible Reading for Month:

August 1-7:New Testament -- Acts 25:1 - Romans 1:17. Old Testament -- Job 28 - Job

August 8-14: New Testament-- Romans 1:18 - Romans 7:25. Old Testament -- Psalm 1
- Psalm 36.
August 15-21: New Testament -- Romans 8:1 - Romans 12:21. Old Testament -- Psalm
37 - Psalm 61.
August 22-31: New Testament -- Romans 13:1 - 1 Corinthians 5:13. Old Testament --
Psalm 62 - Psalm 94.

Easy-to-Read Version:

So do you think that we should continue sinning so that God will give us more and
more grace (kindness)? No! We died to (quit living) our old sinful lives. So how
can we continue living with sin? Did you forget that all of us became part of Christ
Jesus when we were baptized? We shared his death in our baptism.

So when we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and shared his death. We were
buried with Christ so that we could live a new life. This happened the same as Christ
was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father. Christ died, and we
have been joined with Christ by dying too. So we will also be joined with him by
rising from death like Christ rose from death. We know that our old life died with
Christ on the cross. This happened so that our sinful selves would have no power
over us. And then we would not be slaves to sin. Any person that has died is made
free from sin's control (power).

If we died with Christ, we know that we will also live with him. Christ was raised
from death. And we know that he cannot die again. Death has no power over him now.
Yes, when Christ died, he died to [defeat the power of] sin one time--enough for
all time. He now has a new life, and his new life is with God. In the same way,
you should see yourselves as being dead to the power of sin. And see yourselves
as being alive for God through Christ Jesus. But don't let sin control you in your
life here on earth. You must not be ruled by the things your sinful self makes you
want to do. Don't offer the parts of your body to serve sin. Don't use your bodies
as things to do evil with. But you should offer yourselves to God. Be like people
that have died and now live. Offer the parts of your body to God to be used for
doing good. Sin will not be your master. Why? Because you are not under law. You
now live under God's grace (kindness).

So what should we do? Should we sin because we are under grace (kindness) and not
under law? No! Surely you know that when you give yourselves like slaves to obey
someone, then you are really slaves of that person. The person you obey is your
master. You can follow sin, or obey God. Sin brings spiritual death. But obeying
God makes you right with him. In the past you were slaves to sin--sin controlled
you. But thank God, you fully obeyed the things that were taught to you. You were
made free from sin. And now you are slaves to goodness (right living). Romans 6:1-18

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