Love Incarnate (Romans 6:1-11)

Erik DiVietroErik DiVietro, 22 December, 2013
Part of the Advent 2013 series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Advent 2013, part 4.

ADD Pop Culture Check: Erik references Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17, a character first encountered by the Ninth Doctor. "Her life had been extended through a series of 708 plastic surgery operations, until she was nothing but a piece of skin stretched onto a frame, with eyes and a mouth, connected to a brain in a designer jar filled with a preserving solution below."

ADD Fact Check: Erik mentions the death of his former sensei due to ALS, which he identifies as "American Legionnaire's Disease." He is unsure whether the death was due to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, or Legionnaire's Disease, as both terms were described to him when he learned of the sensei's death. Given the nature of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, that would seem to be the more likely explanation.


About Erik DiVietro: Teaching pastor of Bedford Road Baptist Church, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Check out his blog at
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Romans 6:1–11 (Listen)

6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.


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