“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.
What's your mission? What's ours? Instinctively we live to make a name for ourselves. But there's a better name that we already have. Knowing and having this name that is above every name is game changing! We're not chasing a name because we already have it. And now we live on purpose and on a mission for that name. This week we look at Genesis 11:1-9.
Our bodies are an amazing thing. It is just one body, but it is made up of many unique and vital parts. And when it works properly, it's beautiful. But when it doesn't, it's hard and we work to restore the seamless working together of all its parts. The body of Christ is an amazing thing. It is just one body, but it is made up of many unique and vital parts. And when it works well, it's beautiful. But when it doesn't, it's hard and we work hard to restore unity to the many parts of the body. In this section of Ephesians, Paul urges us to work on this unity (amputation is not an option!) and reminds us of some beautiful truths. We already are one. We already have a unity even if we can't see it or feel it. And each of us has been given gifts so that this unity might be strengthened as the whole body grows up and into Christ.
Listen in to this sermon from our evening, Ascension day cookout. Ephesians 4:1-16.
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.