Sermons

Guilty

Guilty
Jan 2018 - Feb 2018
The grand question of the Bible is - How will unholy, rebellious creatures be made right with a perfectly righteous, holy God? This question should haunt us. But to be honest usually it doesn’t. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to think about. Maybe it’s because it seems to heady or theological. And it might not seem that scary because we aren’t really that bad. Are we?

Join us as we begin a grand journey through the book of Romans. This monumental book begins with helping us understand who we are in light of who God is. It has something to say to everyone regardless of how religious or non-religious you are. It will leave no one untouched.

 

 

Sermons in this series

Me Greater Than You
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
Me > You Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. - Romans 2:1 (ESV) This is the equation we live out most of the time. We live on a sliding scale of righteousness. We compare ourselves to those around us and somehow we always seem to end up on the better, cleaner, holier side of the scale. This is a church-people problem, but it actually has ancient roots. This week we step into Romans 2. In this chapter, Paul continues to lay out the problem of our condition. Last week it might have been easy to look around and point at 'those people' but this week points squarely at us - 'good people'. Take a few minutes to read through the chapter to prepare your heart for worship.
Wrath Revealed
Sun, Feb 04, 2018
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. - Romans 1:18–19 (ESV) You go to see the doctor. Over the course of the last few months you have been plagued with chronic stomach issues. Some days are better, but most end in pain and nausea. Alongside these symptoms, you have a pulsing headache most of the time. Your feet seem to go numb occasionally. As you describe your symptoms, the doctor nods. As you finish, he makes a few notes. Without looking up he says, 'Well, I think you should take some Pepto for your stomach. Tylenol is good for headaches, and I would get some 'Support Socks' that promote better blood flow. I hope you feel better!' With that he turns and heads out of the room. My guess is before you leave the parking lot you would be on the phone looking for a second opinion because he treated the symptoms, but he did nothing to get at the root of the problem. Unfortunately, when it comes to a proper theological diagnosis for what ails the human soul we tend to treat the symptoms. What we see and feel is what we go after. Without ever addressing the core issue. Paul is not satisfied with such a surface diagnosis. The next several chapters layout for us the depth of our problem.
Unashamed
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” -- Romans 1:16–17 (ESV) Have you ever been ashamed of your faith? Maybe not outright shame, but maybe just a bit of hiding? Unwilling to mention it or make it an issue? Have you hoped that someone didn't bring up religion so you that you weren't obligated to enter the conversation? Did you feel guilty afterwards? We might be tempted to see this text as Paul's bold denunciation of us. The loud, ranting apologist telling us scrubs to get it together, but I believe that would be a mischaracterization. This declaration acknowledges the difficulty not with our feelings but with bold truth of the gospel. A gospel that justifies sinners and makes no sense to the wise. It calls us not to look at ourselves, but to the outrageous claims of the gospel to find pride.
The Gospel for Christians
Sun, Jan 14, 2018
For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. -- Romans 1:11–12 (ESV) We often think of the gospel as something we need to share with unbelievers. It is the message through which they find peace with God. It's the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ and the implication and application of His actions. This is the message that unbelievers need. But what about Christians? They already know and believe this message. What further relevance could it be to them? Of course there is a need to know it to tell others, but is there more? In the opening of Romans, Paul shares his desire for these Christians to not only know this message for regeneration but also for ongoing transformation. He is excited to share with them this gift both via letter and in person. Do you see the gospel as something that can continue to transform you?
Gospel Introductions
Sun, Jan 07, 2018
To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. -- Romans 1:7 (ESV) This Sunday we begin the book of Romans. To be honest, I'm both scared and excited. I'm scared because this book stands out among the New Testament books not only because of it's size, but also because of its depth and scope. To tackle something of it's magnitude is scary. I want to get it right. I'm also excited. To hear Paul describe and expound God and His gospel is thrilling. What could be better then to see the grandeur of salvation presented in all it's beauty. I hope you are ready to begin! Take a few minutes before Sunday and slowly read through the first chapter. In these few verses you get a sense of what Paul will be describing and how important and impactful it will be.
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