Wake Up and Get Dressed
Mike Bullmore / September 22, 2019
BIBLE PASSAGE FOR THIS SERMON
Fulfilling the Law Through Love
8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Sermon Application Questions – 9/22/19
1. What is a greater motivation to holiness for you—what God has already done for you (cf. Romans 12:1) or what God has promised in the future for you (cf. Romans 13:11)? Why do you think that is?
2. Do you sense your living as a Christian in this world is one of being on “high alert”? What tends to heighten that sense for you? What in your life can dull that sense?
3. How can you be more purposeful about “putting on” love? How can you be more purposeful about “putting on” the “armor of light”? (You might want to look at I Thessalonians 5:8 again.) How can you be more purposeful about “putting on” the Lord Jesus?
An additional suggestion: On your own or with your gospel community pray using the very phrases from this passage: “love each other,” “cast off the works of darkness,” “put on the armor of light,” “put on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Mike Bullmore encourages us to “Wake Up and Get Dressed” in this sermon from Romans 13:8-14.