It's time to dismantle the forces that take the joy out of life and lead us to sigh. And that is precisely what Paul does for us in Romans 7. In this final message of the series, Paul dismantles our relationship with the law and set us free to live in joy in our new relationship with Jesus. Romans 7:1-6
The powerful effect of God’s work for us in Christ leaves us justified and saved without a doubt. The resurrecting power of God’s work for us in baptism leaves us completely changed. How can we go back to the way things used to be? Why would we want to? Here is true life gained through baptism. Here is true life lived for God. We won't live as victims anymore. Sin doesn't own us anymore. Jesus does. Romans 6:1-11
It's time for death to stop killing life. It's time for us to put death to death and start living again. Paul shows us that Jesus already did; in him we do too! Romans 5:12-15.
If you aren't sure if God loves you, you need to read this section of Scripture. If you aren't sure if God is on your side, you need to read this section of Scripture. If God feels more like a fiend than a friend, you need to read this section. If you feel like God isn't good and you're growing bitter, you need to know this section of Scripture. Paul demonstrates to us the truth that God does in fact love us. Romans 5:6-11
These days we hear a lot about the power of faith that can move mountains, that can heal the sick, that can make us abundantly rich and wealthy. But is that really what God means when he talks about the power of faith? Does faith have an inherent power if only we believe strongly enough? Does my lack of healing or riches mean that my faith is weak? In this section, Paul helps us understand us understand the true nature of faith’s power and in so doing takes us outside of our faith to the God who alone is able to do what he promised. Romans 4:18-25
There are some things that are obvious and clear to all people. Our sin and sinfulness is clear. It’s clear to the godless. It’s clear to and felt by the consciences of people, even on those who don’t have the law. It should be especially clear to those who have God’s law written and handed down (that’s us!). We can feel it; it’s in our bones as our bodies decay – our bodies know long before our hearts and minds that we’ve failed and fallen short. But there is something that doesn’t come intuitively, not to us, not to anyone. This week as we dig into Romans 3 Paul unveils what we didn’t know naturally to us. He gives us a surprising – shocking, really – revelation about a righteousness from God. And it's all gospel; it's all good news. Romans 3:21-28
“I am so eager to preach the gospel to you.” Those were Paul’s sentiments to the Romans whom he had never met, but whom he longed to visit so that he might preach the gospel to them. But before he even visited them or met them face to face he launched into this beautiful letter to them detailing the gospel about Jesus. He was not ashamed because it is that very gospel – whether preached face to face or through a letter – that would save them. We also are very eager to unpack these powerful, saving words of God given through Paul because it is through these words that we too are saved. Romans 1:15-17.
We sometimes act like lambs to the slaughter, defeated, deflated and discouraged. And that’s the way that the world sees us too. Christians are sheep. They just go without thinking. They just follow blindly. They just believe as if they had no brain. At least that’s the thought process and the accusation. But we’re not at all. Not even close. We are lions roaring with a confidence that doesn’t come from inside us. We are lions roaring with a victory that isn’t ours. We are more than conquerors through him who loved us and gave himself for us. Romans 8:31-39
“E.T is full of timeless longings expressed in children’s literature of all eras.” Timeless longings. Because we all long. We yearn. We search. We hope for home. We are all wrestling with a longing for home. We’re all feeling at least a little bit like refugees, like nomads on some crazy journey. And so at times we’re lonely, other times isolated and feeling away, but generally just longing for home. Paul has hope for the refugee. We are going home and God will make sure of it. Romans 8:18-30
We are up against sin. It is a war of life and death proportions. We have to see it that way or sin will kill us by leading us to minimize it, thinking, "This can't hurt me. It's just an annoying part of life." But it is that big a deal. It will kill us. And with the Spirit's help we will kill it. And not just that. We will eternally conquer it and enjoy the Father's gifts and his pleasure for all eternity. Listen in. Romans 8:12-17
Do you ever do things you don't want to do? Think things you don't want to think? Feel things you don't want to think? Yeah, me too. It's frustrating. But there's hope and there's freedom. Listen in as we start our Gr8er series on Romans 8:1-11.