October 3, 2022
There are advantages to being in the company of the believers, even if you aren’t a believer. Living the word, even without believing the word, will bless your life. We all benefit from living in a nation that was founded on the word of God. Even those who don’t believe it. Paul also declares that God’s faithfulness is not predicated upon our faithfulness. He will be faithful to his promises, both good and bad, no matter what.
September 25, 2022
It is one thing to have the truth, it is something else to live by it. In this text Paul, speaking to the Jewish people in the church, affirms their teaching of the word, but questions their obedience to it. Again, the expectation isn’t that we know what is right, but do what is right. And no one has lived up the standard of the law. We are all lawbreakers, which is why we need Jesus.
September 18, 2022
We often judge others by their actions, while judging ourselves by our intentions. Paul declares that everyone will be judged, not by what they have heard, or even what they have believed. We will all be judged by what we do. Not that our actions save us, but our actions testify to whether we are saved. We will all be held to account for what we do with what we know. (Note the pronoun “you” he is talking to Jews).
September 11, 2022
In this text, we read one of the scariest lines in the Bible for a third time: “God gave them over.” As Paul outlines the wrath of God on the gentiles, He gives them over to the depraved mind they so long for. And as a result, Paul shares twenty-one sins that are a result. When these actions and attitudes seem normal and natural to us, we can assume we have a depraved mind too.
September 4, 2022
What do you do when you don’t want to obey God? You create your own. In this text, Paul describes people who choose to create their own Gods so that they can live their lives however they want. In doing so, they exchange the immortal Glory for Mortal glory and the truth for a lie. The result of idol creation is always sexual immorality.
August 21, 2022
In this text, we learn Paul has yet to visit this church, but he longs to. Even though he did not plant this church, he has a passion for them. He is praying for them constantly. He wants to strengthen their faith. He wants to see a harvest among them. He is obligated and eager to preach the Gospel because he is not ashamed. Which begs the question, how many of us feel compelled to share the gospel with those around us?
August 14, 2022
Paul begins this letter by stating his mission and his calling. The purpose of his life is to share the Gospel as an Apostle of Jesus to the gentiles and call them all to obedience that comes from faith. Obedience doesn’t bring Fatih. Faith produces obedience.
August 7, 2022
This week we will kick off the series by seeking to answer some of the context questions of the letter. Who wrote it, who was it written to, and when was it written? How did the church in Rome begin? We want to make sure that as we study this text we first understand the context. We will talk about Paul's calling to the gentiles, and his connection to the church in Rome.
July 31, 2022
Today we cover one of the most popular stories inside and outside the church. In this message, we discover a picture of the gospel of Jesus, and our place in it. Contrary to what most of us have been taught, we aren’t David in the story, Jesus is. We aren’t the hero, Jesus is. We are the cowardly Israelites in need of a savior to fight an enemy we can’t defeat, sin and death.