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On July 18, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts regiment began its attack on Fort Wagner. Except for the 30 white officers, this regiment was composed entirely of African-American men, some of whom were former slaves. One of these former slaves was Sergeant William H. Carney. When the fighting escalated and the regiment’s flag-bearer fell, Carney dropped his rifle, grabbed the flag, and led the charge, despite suffering his own share of wounds. He would go on to be the first black man to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions. 

Everyone on earth is born into slavery. We are by nature children of Satan and slaves to sin, but when God saves us through Jesus’ blood, he also frees us from our slavery and calls us to take up arms against our former master. Although we are no longer under sin’s mastery, more often than not, it doesn’t feel that way. G.K. Chesterton once said, “If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever.” Sin may not have any authority in our lives, but we still feel its power. 

This is why God calls us to take up arms and fight. Imagine if Sergeant Carney, rather than fighting against his former owners had decided to return to his former position as a slave. It’s ludicrous, and yet that’s what we do every day when we give in to sin. Rather than living in the freedom God intends for us, we give in to the power of sin. So how do we stop? As I call you to take up arms against sin, the point is not to try harder or just be better. I do not want to leave you feeling guilty because of the ways that you have failed. The path to victory lies in remembering the objective truth that if you are in Christ, YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN. Jesus is your master now, so when your old master comes calling, run to Him. As we join each other for worship this Sunday, we come together as people who have been set free from sin. We come to worship God as people who have been redeemed from slavery and given freedom in Christ. So let us worship God as His freed children.


Scripture: Romans 6:5-14
Sermon: How Grace Frees Us to Fight Against Sin


Christ is Risen (Matt Maher)
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Psalm 130 (From the Depths of Woe) (Indelible Grace)
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Jesus I Come  (Indelible Grace)
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Take My Life (Chris Tomlin)
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Song of Preparation: Thy Mercy (Sandra McCracken)
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Song of Response: Love Constraining to Obedience (Shane Martin)
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