If we grudgingly view Christ’s lordship in our lives as a threat to our freedom, we don’t understand the real freedom we’ve been given through Him. Jesus has come to make us new, literally! Through the new birth, we’ve been given a new nature and the cord to sin and death has been severed. Right standing with God should motivate us to right living. The best way to live life is as one who surrenders continually to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Discussion Questions

The Bible describes becoming a Christian as a new birth (John 3:5-6). Can you describe the benefits that are received by one who has believed in Jesus?

In Galatians 2:20, Paul describes the radical relationship of the believer to Jesus’ death and resurrection. What is Paul saying in this verse? In light of the context of Galatians 2, why does verse 21 make perfect sense?

The Christian life is often viewed as placing your faith in Jesus only to then work really hard to try to be good. What’s wrong with this approach?

Unless we consider that we’ve been given a new nature, we will fail at living for Christ. Read Romans 6:5-12. How has the believer died to sin? How then do you explain the fact that you sin?

How does 1 John 3:9 point to the reality of the Christians new nature? How do you reconcile this verse with the reality that Christians do sin?

How can the daily acknowledgement that you have a new nature help you live victoriously for Christ? As a believer, how do you remind yourself who you really are?

Further Reading

Really Living

Have you ever had a moment when you thought, “Now, I’m really living!”? Maybe that feeling came with a thrilling moment, significant achievement, or meaningful experience. All of us want to experience that good life, but those feelings of “really living” seem to fade...

A Clear Perspective In Unclear Circumstances

Experiencing hardships is a normal part of life that can cause us to focus on negative feelings and anxiously anticipate negative outcomes. Being courageous followers of Jesus Christ doesn’t exempt us from these experiences and may, in fact, be the cause of them and...

Your Lens for Seeing Life

Like the lens of our eyes (or eyeglasses), we all carry around internal thoughts, feelings, and ideas composing core beliefs that filter our everyday experiences and help us make sense of life. As the Apostle Paul writes a “thank-you” note to the church at Philippi...

A Conversation with Titus O’Bryant & Joe Duke

We have countless stories of God’s faithfulness to our church over the last three decades, but we believe He’s just getting started. This morning, Joe Duke sits down with Titus O’Bryant in his first weekend as our new Sr. Pastor. Get to know Titus better as we move...

The Simple Daily Things

Too often we look for God in the extraordinary when all the while, He makes His home in the ordinary. God is not that hard to find, especially if we’re looking for Him. Maybe we can get our lives back by inviting Jesus into our everyday routine of life. Pay close...