One of the aims of the church planter is to help equip everyone to confidently be able to open their Bible and share the Gospel with someone. Romans 6 is a great chapter to use for this purpose.
This is just a simple sketch of how you can let the Bible tell the Gospel for you. It has four powerful stages explaining the implications and consequences of faith in Christ.
Romans 6 says those who have faith in Christ were crucified with Christ (v 5,6,8).
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with…” Romans 6:6
This dying with Christ has several powerful consequences:
- We have died to sin (Rom 6:2)
- We are no longer slaves to sin (Rom 6:6)
- We have been freed from sin (Rom 6:7)
- Death has been defeated (Rom 6:9)
Note: eternal life is there but not nearly as much as the promise to be freed from sin’s power!
We signify our co-crucifixion with Christ through the act of baptism in water. We are baptised into his death (v3,4) so that our old sinful life receives the burial it deserves (Rom 6:4).
Of course death is only the first motion of our salvation and of our baptism. The second motion is resurrection, being raised up (v4,5)
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:5
The end result of faith in Christ is that we are moved from death to life, the old goes and the new comes. This also has powerful consequences
- We count ourselves dead to sin but alive to God (Rom 6:11)
- So we do not let sin reign or obey its evil desires (Rom 6:12)
- We no longer have to offer our bodies to sin & wickedness (Rom 6:13)
- Because sin is no longer our master (Rom 6:14)
- Instead in our new found freedom we can offer ourselves to God and to righteousness (Rom 6:13)
I’ve found that this simple explanation is helpful in quickly illustrating the initiative of God, the power of the cross, the central purpose to defeat sin & death and free people from its captivity and to locate their new identity as one ‘in Christ through faith’.
Crucified and buried but raised alive – with Christ.