THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 95th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: DEATH BECOMES LIFE
Adult/Young Adult Topic: CHOOSE LIFE!
Printed Text: Romans 6:1-4, 12-14, 20-23
Key Verses: Romans 6:4 (NIV)
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.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People often give in to the temptation to do wrong. How can they overcome this temptation and avoid it altogether? Paul told the Romans that through Christ, they could be freed from sin and could become slaves of righteousness—thus receiving sanctification and eternal life.
In human nature it is typically easier to do something than not to do something. In the sanctification process, it is more difficult to stop sinning and totally separate from our evil natures than it is to start loving God and consecrate our lives to Him. In other words, to stop doing something is negative and to start doing something is positive.
Our goal, in this world as Christians, is not perfection, but reaching spiritual maturity in which sin is not our predominate nature. In other words, sin becomes the exception to our ways and not the rule of our lifestyle.
Gracious God, we shout your praises for bringing us from death to life. We thank you for your Holy Spirit, who renews us daily. We lift up your Son, Jesus, in our daily living to draw more people to you. Finally, we ask you to help us daily to become more like you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.