Sermons

Romans - Faith

Romans - Faith
Apr 2018 - Aug 2018
There is a value in understanding how things work. Over the next few weeks that's exactly what we are going to do. Except we won't be taking apart an engine or clock but something more important, valuable, and eternal.

As we continue through Romans we will be looking at how God provides salvation. How does it take sinners and enemies and make them righteous? How does it do this without violating His character? It's gonna be a beautiful exploration of God's work. You don't want to miss it.

Sermons in this series

Death in Adam - Life in Christ - Part 2
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. --- Romans 5:18–19 (ESV) You can say that the story of the Bible is the story of two people. These two representatives are the head of two humanities, but they are not the same story. They go in opposite, unequal directions. Their stories define our story. This week we take a second look at Romans 5:12-21. This is a dense but important look at who represents us and how we are represented. One thing that has stood out to me this week as I've studied the passage is the incongruous nature between what Adam did and what Christ accomplished. I want to encourage you to read through this passage to prepare your heart and mind to explore it.
Death in Adam - Life in Christ - Part 1
Sun, Aug 05, 2018
For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.--- Romans 5:17–18 (ESV) Personal responsibility is a cornerstone of most of our thinking. 'I am responsible for me. I determine my success or failure. I am the captain of my own ship.' We might even be frustrated with those that blame a system for their failure. But what if there is corporate responsibility and guilt that we all share? What if our success or our righteousness doesn't depend on you? What if our fate is tied to our heritage? This week we head back into the book of Romans. In Romans 5:12-24, Paul wants us to understand that all of humanity is classified or related to two individuals. Your connection to which individual determines your relationship to God. It's been a while since we have been in Romans so I encourage you to look back through the opening chapters and slow down to read through Chapter 5. I'm looking forward to jumping back in.
From Theology to Life and Back Again - Part 2
Sun, May 20, 2018
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:6–8 (ESV) Suffering, pain, and anxiety are a pressure cooker. In those times, days, and years we feel the weight of life. At times it can be hard to do anything. These moments bring many questions. Why? Has God forgotten about me? Does He care? Don't I deserve something better? Can't life be easy? How do I know He even loves me? When we have these questions and read scriptures like Romans 5:3 we wonder if Paul lived in the real world, but he wants us to know he does. He knows a God who loves deeply. This week he gives us reassurance of that through two important avenues. Take a few minutes and read through Romans 5:6-11 to prepare your heart and mind to worship together.
From Theology to Life and Back Again - Part 1
Fri, May 11, 2018
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. - Romans 5:1–2 (ESV) We often think of theology as an academic study disconnected from real life. Big books and ivory towers are what theologians use and where they live, but those of us that live in the real world we just want something we can do. We need a principle for Monday on Sunday. Paul won't let us disconnect theology from life. As we round the corner to Romans 5, he wants us to see how the doctrine of Justification by Faith comes into life and even into our troubles. Why don't you take a few minutes and read through Romans 5. Have you ever rejoiced in your sufferings? Come on Sunday and find out how that is even possible.
The Nature of Faith
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. - Romans 4:22–24 (ESV) Have you ever doubted your faith? What made you doubt? What did you do with those doubts? Have you ever talked about them? Often in the church we treat doubt with disapproving frown and even scold people for asking questions. Some think this is the right thing to do because we should have solid, sold-out faith. In fact the passage that we are going to look at in Romans this week seems to display Abraham as an example of unfaultering faith. But was he? Didn't he wonder and question? Didn't he even think he needed to help out God to fulfill his promises? So what do we do with that? Join us this week as we explore the nature of saving faith in Romans 4:17-25. Why not take a few minutes before Sunday to read though Romans 4?
Justification - A Case Study
Sun, Apr 22, 2018
And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, Romans 4:5 (ESV) Recently, I've had a little bit of "windshield time." During these drives I enjoy listening to podcasts especially those that explore a story. My most recent listen involved an experiment to understand the most complex issue involved in space travel, humans. This case study explored the interactions of six people simulating life on Mars for a full year by being sequestered to a living space no bigger then a two-car garage. Sound fun? These case studies provide data and allow researchers to develop general principles from specific incidents. This week we are going to look at a case study of Justification by Faith. In the text of Romans 4, Paul takes us out of the clouds. He displays how God worked out the principles, we have seen in Romans 3 in the life of Abraham, the father of faith. If the last few weeks have felt a bit 'ivory-tower' theologically-speaking, get ready for a some on-the-ground theology as we journey with a guy who struggled to understand and trust the promise. What does this tell us about justification? How can we see his faith? How does this help us live a life of faith? To prepare your heart and mind for Sunday, I'd encourage you to take some time and read through Romans 4 and why not invite a friend to join you?
Justification - Part 2
Sun, Apr 15, 2018
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, - Romans 3:22–24 (ESV) If I was born in a different age I think I would have been either a mad scientist or a crazy inventor. It is fun for me to figure out how things work, take them apart, and put them back together. (Usually, I can get them back together). There is a value in understanding how things work. Over the next few weeks that's exactly what we are going to do. Except we won't be taking apart an engine or clock but something more important, valuable, and eternal. As we continue through Romans we will be looking at how God provides salvation. How does it take sinners and enemies and make them righteous? How does it do this without violating His character? It's gonna be a beautiful exploration of God's work. You don't want to miss it.
Justification - Part 1
Sun, Apr 08, 2018
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, - Romans 3:22–24 (ESV) If I was born in a different age I think I would have been either a mad scientist or a crazy inventor. It is fun for me to figure out how things work, take them apart, and put them back together. (Usually, I can get them back together). There is a value in understanding how things work. Over the next few weeks that's exactly what we are going to do. Except we won't be taking apart an engine or clock but something more important, valuable, and eternal. As we continue through Romans we will be looking at how God provides salvation. How does it take sinners and enemies and make them righteous? How does it do this without violating His character? It's gonna be a beautiful exploration of God's work. You don't want to miss it.
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