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Newness of Life through Jesus Christ Our Lord And Savior

Newness Of Life


Romans 6:1-23

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 
2By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any 
longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus 
were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism 
into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the 
glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly 
also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6For we know that our old 
self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away 
with,a that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died 
has been set free from sin.

8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 
9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; 
death no longer has mastery over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin once 
for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 
12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil 
desires. 13Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, 
but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to 
life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 
14For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, 
but under grace.

Slaves to Righteousness

15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no 
means! 16Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, 
you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, 
or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you 
used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching 
that has now claimed your allegiance. 18You have been set free from sin and have become 
slaves to righteousness.

19I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as 
you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, 
so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20When you were 
slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you 
reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 
22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit 
you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, 
but the gift of God is eternal life inb Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Luke 15:11-24

The Parable of the Lost Son

11Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, 
‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country 
and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a 
severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself 
out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill 
his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to 
spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to 
him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called 
your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for 
him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer 
worthy to be called your son.’

22“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a 
ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have 
a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is 
found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and 
dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27‘Your brother 
has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back 
safe and sound.’

28“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded 
with him. 29But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and 
never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with 
my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes 
home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31“?‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we 
had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; 
he was lost and is found.’?”


Romans 8:11-17

Life Through the Spirit

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus 
the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youa free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the 
law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,b God did by sending his own Son in the 
likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.c And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that 
the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh 
but according to the Spirit.

5Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who 
live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind governed 
by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7The mind governed by the 
flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those who are in the realm 
of the flesh cannot please God.

9You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit 
of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 
10But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives 
lifed because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, 
he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of
his Spirit who lives in you.

12Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, 
to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you 
put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

14For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15The Spirit you 
received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought 
about your adoption to sonship.f And by him we cry, “Abba,g Father.” 
16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, 
then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in 
his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

 

2 Peter 1:1-11

1Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a 
faith as precious as ours:

2Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Confirming One’s Calling and Election

3His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of 
him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great 
and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, 
having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 
6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 
7and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 

8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective 
and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But whoever does not have them is 
nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

10Therefore, my brothers and sisters,a make every effort to confirm your calling and election. 
For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into 
the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Ezekiel 11:14-25

The Promise of Israel’s Return

14The word of the Lord came to me: 15“Son of man, the people of Jerusalem have said of your fellow 
exiles and all the other Israelites, ‘They are far away from the Lord; this land was given to us 
as our possession.’

16“Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the 
nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for 
them in the countries where they have gone.’

17“Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and 
bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the 
land of Israel again.’

18“They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19I will give them 
an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and 
give them a heart of flesh. 20Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 
They will be my people, and I will be their God. 21But as for those whose hearts are devoted to 
their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, 
declares the Sovereign Lord.”

22Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory of the God of 
Israel was above them. 23The glory of the Lord went up from within the city and stopped above the 
mountain east of it. 24The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babyloniaa in the 
vision given by the Spirit of God.

Then the vision I had seen went up from me, 25and I told the exiles everything the Lord had shown me.

 

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to 
persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is 
also plain to your conscience. 12We are not trying to commend 
ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to 
take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride 
in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13If we 
are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are 
in our right mind, it is for you. 14For Christ’s love compels 
us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore 
all died. 15And he died for all, that those who live should no 
longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was 
raised again.

16So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. 
Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 
17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here! 18All this is from God, who 
reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry 
of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself 
in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has 
committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore 
Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through 
us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 
21God made him who had no sin to be sinb for us, so that in him 
we might become the righteousness of God.

 

Hebrews 9:11-15

The Blood of Christ

11But when Christ came as high priest of the good things 
that are now already here,a he went through the greater 
and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human 
hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 
12He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and 
calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for 
all by his own blood, thus obtainingb eternal redemption. 
13The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer 
sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify 
them so that they are outwardly clean. 14How much more, 
then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal 
Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our 
consciences from acts that lead to death,c so that we 
may serve the living God!

15For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, 
that those who are called may receive the promised eternal 
inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them 
free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

 

Psalms 30:2-3

1I will exalt you, Lord,

for you lifted me out of the depths

and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

2Lord my God, I called to you for help,

and you healed me.

3You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;

you spared me from going down to the pit.

4Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;

praise his holy name.

5For his anger lasts only a moment,

but his favor lasts a lifetime;

weeping may stay for the night,

but rejoicing comes in the morning.

6When I felt secure, I said,

“I will never be shaken.”

7Lord, when you favored me,

you made my royal mountainc stand firm;

but when you hid your face,

I was dismayed.

8To you, Lord, I called;

to the Lord I cried for mercy:

9“What is gained if I am silenced,

if I go down to the pit?

Will the dust praise you?

Will it proclaim your faithfulness?

10Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;

Lord, be my help.”

11You turned my wailing into dancing;

you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

12that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.

Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

 

1 Peter 2:1-10

1Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, 
hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2Like newborn babies, 
crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your 
salvation, 3now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but 
chosen by God and precious to him— 5you also, like living stones, 
are being built into a spiritual housea to be a holy priesthood, 
offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 
6For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,

a chosen and precious cornerstone,

and the one who trusts in him

will never be put to shame.”b 

7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. 
But to those who do not believe,

“The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone,”

8and,

“A stone that causes people to stumble

and a rock that makes them fall.”d 

They stumble because they disobey the message—which 
is also what they were destined for.

9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, 
a holy nation, God’s special possession, 
that you may declare the praises of him who called 
you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 
10Once you were not a people, but now you are the 
people of God; once you had not received mercy, 
but now you have received mercy.

 

Psalms 51:1-19

1Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

blot out my transgressions.

2Wash away all my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin.

3For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is always before me.

4Against you, you only, have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight;

so you are right in your verdict

and justified when you judge.

5Surely I was sinful at birth,

sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;

you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9Hide your face from my sins

and blot out all my iniquity.

10Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11Do not cast me from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12Restore to me the joy of your salvation

and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

so that sinners will turn back to you.

14Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,

you who are God my Savior,

and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15Open my lips, Lord,

and my mouth will declare your praise.

16You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17My sacrifice, O God, isb a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart

you, God, will not despise.

18May it please you to prosper Zion,

to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,

in burnt offerings offered whole;

then bulls will be offered on your altar.

 

Romans 12:1-21

A Living Sacrifice

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, 
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to 
God—this is your true and proper worship. 

2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed 
by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and 
approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself 
more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, 
in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4For just as 
each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the 
same function, 5so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member 
belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace 
given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance 
with youra faith; 7if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 
8if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give 
generously; if it is to lead,b do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, 
do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted 
to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking 
in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, 
patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with the Lord’s people who 
are in need. Practice hospitality.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those 
who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. 
Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. 
Do not be conceited.

17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the 
eyes of everyone. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at 
peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for 
God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”d says 
the Lord. 20On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 

21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 


1 Timothy 4:1-16

1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow 
deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come through 
hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 
3They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, 
which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who 
know the truth. 4For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected 
if it is received with thanksgiving, 5because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

6If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,a you will be a good minister 
of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you 
have followed. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, 
train yourself to be godly. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has 
value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 
9This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10That is why we labor 
and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of 
all people, and especially of those who believe.

11Command and teach these things. 12Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are 
young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith 
and in purity. 13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, 
to preaching and to teaching. 14Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through 
prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

15Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see 
your progress. 16Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if 
you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

 

Psalms 71:20-21

20Though you have made me see troubles,

many and bitter,

you will restore my life again;

from the depths of the earth

you will again bring me up.

21You will increase my honor

and comfort me once more.

 


1 Peter 1:1-25

1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, 
Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge 
of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to 
Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Praise to God for a Living Hope

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy 
he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of 
Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, 
spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith 
are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to 
be revealed in the last time. 6In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for 
a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 
7These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth 
than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, 
glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, 
you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and 
are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the 
end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to 
come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11trying to find 
out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was 
pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories 
that would follow. 12It was revealed to them that they were not serving 
themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told 
you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent 
from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

Be Holy

13Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on 
the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 
14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you 
lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in 
all you do; 16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

17Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, 
live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18For you know 
that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you 
were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your 
ancestors, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without 
blemish or defect. 20He was chosen before the creation of the world, 
but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21Through him you 
believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, 
and so your faith and hope are in God.

22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that 
you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from 
the heart.b 23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, 
but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 

24For,

“All people are like grass,

and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;

the grass withers and the flowers fall,

25but the word of the Lord endures forever.”c 

And this is the word that was preached to you.