Defying Sin

Series: Recalibrate | Week 6: Identities Shaped by Grace

Day Three Romans 6:12-14

Pray: Invite God into your time and ask Him to speak to you, then read the passage.

12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. – Romans 6:12-14 (NLT)

Discover: Use the Discover section of your Recalibrate journal to write down your answers to the following observation and interpretation questions.
1. What are all the imperative phrases (instructions or commands) that Paul uses to help us understand how to deal with sin (verses 12-13)?
2. What are we to do instead and why (verses 13-14)?
3. How does the promise of verse 14 show us that defying sin requires more than our willpower?

Respond: Use the Respond section of your journal to answer the following application prompts.
1. What does this passage teach me about God?
2. How does this aspect of His character change my view of self and others?
3. What should I do in response and when?

For Further Reading: Read an exposition of these verses using the illustration of a castle and a kingdom: Do Not Let Sin Reign in Your Mortal Body.

For Families with Kids at Home:
Paul tells us that we are to use the “whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.” Have your kids think of all the different parts of the body – hands, feet, eyes, mouth, ears, brain, etc. How can each body part be used in creative ways for the glory of God? For example, you can use your ears to listen to someone having a hard day, and you can use your mouth to encourage them. Or you can use your arms and hands to help someone in need today.

*If you don't have a Recalibrate journal, you can use any journal available to you to write down your responses.
**TPCC does not necessarily endorse all For Further Reading/Learning sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.