Monday, December 14, 2009


Luke 17:3-4
I'm going to preach on forgiveness in relationships.  Because forgiveness has a conditional component, it requires interaction, confession and face to face dealing with things.

Romans 5:12-21

Predictably I'm also going to preach on this passage.  I preached on it at Crossroads a year ago, got some constructive feedback and am going to refine it accordingly.  They're used to long sermons at Crossroads Classic and marathon sermons with question times at TBT.  In contrast 20 minutes will be my limit at St Georges, Battery Point.  However this is good, it'll give me time to refine and focus what I'm going to say.  One of my biggest preaching weaknesses is application.  So in a nutshell:

Romans 5:12-21 is about idenity in Christ and by contrast what it was in Adam.  (The opening context of Romans 6 focuses on who are now in Christ.) So the big idea of the passage is identity, our identity in Christ or in Adam.  I think the best way to apply this is to show our identity forms the basis of how we feel about things, the decisions we make and how we understand other people. It'd be good to then show the upsides and downsides of identity in Christ and identity in Adam.