Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
July 31, 2016
Humble, Texas
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<021> Thesis:   The Sin seeks to operate both as "king" and "lord" by lies. Introduction:   In our last study of the first extended paragraph in Romans 6 we considered Paul's exhortation to live "by faith". He didn't say it that way; rather, he said "Reckon...". But that verb is used in contexts where the issues of "faith" are most fundamentally highlighted: a setting of contrary options that must be considered; a definitive drawing of a conclusion as to which option is "true"; and then active decision-making with that option clearly in mind. These issues are always present in every circumstance of life and "faith" follows their processes. We are to "believe" that we are "dead indeed to The Sin". and "alive to The God". Then, we are to move to the next issue of "faith": we are to make active decisions that are rooted in these twin realities. This is the focus of Paul's next words and of our study this evening.