Sermons

Romans - Chosen

Romans - Chosen
Jan 2019 - Feb 2019
When it comes to Romans 9-11 many people want to skip over it. It deals with a few subjects that can be not only difficult to understand but controversial. The outline and explanations of God's work in salvation in Romans 1-8 lay out this grand landscape of what God has done. Romans 12-15 give us direct and practical applications to live out this new life of faith, but in the middle people see some theological doldrums, Romans 9-11 . These chapters contain some important pieces that connect us to the character of God, situate us in the Biblical storyline, provide us assurance, and motivate us to live out the mercies of God.

Sermons in this series

How not to be a zealot
Sun, Feb 03, 2019
For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. - Romans 10:2–4 (ESV) When you think of an 'on fire' Christian what does he/she look like? Often those that are new to Christianity are not just as 'saved' but 'SAVED, SAVED!' They are busy with the disciplines, telling people about Christ, and rooting out sin in every corner of their life. We look at them and wish we could re-ignite that passion, but is that the best? Is that what Christianity is like? In Romans 10, Paul returns to his desire to see the Jewish people come to Christ, but in their passion they missed something fundamental. Take some time to read through Romans 10. See if you can identify what that might be, and why it is important.
The Problem with Predestination - Part 3
Sun, Jan 27, 2019
You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” - Romans 9:19–20 (ESV) Job is one of the most comforting and terrifying books in the Bible. In it we see God's control over all things. We see his power to both restrain and allow hardship, difficulty, and evil. We also see the very limited human struggle of trying to make sense of it all. It is human and even Christian to struggle to understand the purposes and plans of God while struggling in faith, but there is also a line where struggling becomes contending. It's where we think we know more and could rearrange the world into a better place. Our version of reality would be better. This is the question and struggle that Paul confronts in the 3rd objection to God's providence. Take some time before this weekend to read back through Romans 9 as we approach the purpose and plans of God in salvation. Pay special attention to the end of the chapter as it will lead us to the communion table as we remember being brought from outside the promises to a member of God's family through Christ.
The Problem with Predestination - Part 2
Sun, Jan 20, 2019
But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” - Romans 9:6–7 (ESV) Struggling to understand God's purpose, plan, and predestination is not unusual. In fact I expect it. Many people over the centuries have. One of those was a British Monk named Pelagus in the 4th century. His story and objections provide us some insight not only into church history but the orthodox boundaries of the debate. In wanting to reconcile these things he denied some clear teaching of scripture and fell into heresy. It's worth some time to read his story. This week, we will continue to struggle with these truths alongside Paul. He raises important questions. Did God's Word fail when he chose Israel, but now they aren't following Christ? Or is God unjust to choose some and not others? I encourage you to read through Romans 9 before Sunday so that you can be ready for us to struggle together with it.
The Problem with Predestination - Part 1
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.- Romans 9:1–3 (ESV) When it comes to Romans 9-11 many people want to skip over it. It deals with a few subjects that can be not only difficult to understand but controversial. The outline and explanations of God's work in salvation in Romans 1-8 lay out this grand landscape of what God has done. Romans 12-15 give us direct and practical applications to live out this new life of faith, but in the middle people see some theological doldrums, Romans 9-11. These chapters contain some important pieces that connect us to the character of God, situate us in the Biblical storyline, provide us assurance, and motivate us to live out the mercies of God. As we head into these chapters I want to encourage you to read through them and become familiar with them. We will examine the sovereign call of God by first looking at the place and plight of the nation of Israel. Did God change His mind about them? Or did his plan fail?
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