Community & Culture Recap


Just wanted to share a couple thoughts from this past Sunday's Community & Culture Night. As we seek to fill every inch of Orange Park with God’s glory by helping people behold, obey, and be transformed by the Gospel, it would seem silly for us not to behold the gospel ourselves.

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

In 2 Corinthians 3:18, Paul declared the reality that we are still being transformed, or to state it plainly, "we are still being saved." This is what theologians call "Sanctification," which means to set apart or to be made holy. Sanctification is the beautiful and ongoing work of God to make us increasingly look more and more like Jesus (Philippians 2:12-13). Here are a couple big ideas and points of reflection. 

  • The Implications of the Gospel.
    • We have been saved from the penalty of sin because of Jesus' life and death.
    • We are being saved from the power of sin because of Jesus' resurrection and ascension.
  • Scriptural Text: Romans 6:1-14. Paul addressed the Church at Rome with the reality that the gospel indeed does not encourage continual living in sin, but empowers us to fight against it. 
    • Activity Flows From Our Identity (3-5)
      • United with Him / Union

      • Newness Of Life Through Spirit 

      • Baptism: A Shadow Of Reality

    • Jesus' Resurrection Supplies Our Freedom (6-11)
      • The Resurrection Breaks The Grip Of Sin.

      • The Resurrection Grants Freedom From Guilt, Shame, Fear, & The Need To Blame.

      • Sin No Longer Has The Power To Define Life For Us. 

    • Jesus' Ascension Empowers Us To Fight Sin (12-14,8) 
      • Ascension Provides The Gift Of The Spirit Which Empower Us To Fight Sin 
      • What Is Sin? At it's root, every sin is the result of a lie we believe about God. - Tim Chester
      • Case Study Of Genesis 3
      • Therefore, We Fight Sin With Faith (6:8) 
      • The Tricep Of Faith: Knowledge, Assent, Trust

Further Reading & Resources


Jeth Looney