God Says – Part 4

A lot happened through the Cross: The Law was fulfilled, and forgiveness was provided. But there’s even more: You died with Jesus. This is how you were made new. Think about it: You can’t really be born again without the old dying first, right?

This is precisely why we don’t have to worry about “dying to self,” as so many claim. We don’t have to die to self because we’re the new self. Why seek to destroy what God has rebuilt?

Still, we face the logical question: If I’m so new, then why do I still struggle with sin? In this essential message, you’ll find real, solid answers. As a result, you’ll have more confidence than ever that you’re not fighting a civil war against yourself.

Ephesians 2 says God made you alive together with Christ. You don’t need to get out of God’s way. You’re not an obstacle. You’re God’s instrument. God says, “You are new!” and He wants you to know the truth about who you really are. So, dig into this important message and enjoy!

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does the “paper and the book” analogy help you understand what happened to you at salvation?
  2. Why can it be so damaging for a believer to think they need to “die to self”?
  3. How does the hardware/software analogy help you understand what it means to be new but still learning and growing?
  4. What does it mean to be “dead to sin and alive to God”? Consider the “dogs and fence” analogy in your discussion.

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