Made Righteous by Faith Feb 3rd, 2019
How do you define yourself?
What is the most important thing about you?
In Romans 4:1-12 God is trying to help us see that the most important thing about us is not what we have done in this life, but what Jesus did with his life. When we define ourselves by anything other than the fact that we are children of God saved by grace through faith we begin to lose our way. The good news is that the gospel is always there to remind us and be our anchor.
No Right to Boast Jan 27th, 2019
After laying out the foundation of the gospel in Romans 3:21-26 Paul helps us see that the only thing that truly saves and the only foundation we have to stand on is grace. We come to God with nothing, we only accept his free gift through faith. Faith leads us into a right relationship with God and to obey our King.
The Greatest Gift Jan 20th, 2019
After spending almost three chapters telling us the bad news of our unrighteousness and sin before God incurring His wrath and judgment, Paul gives us the good news. The power of the Gospel to save all who would just believe. But it’s not just that we are saved in Christ, it’s the mind-blowing things God accomplished to make it a reality.
None Are Righteous? Jan 13th, 2019
So often we think of people as being inherently good. That we are all good people that sometimes do bad things. But is that what the Bible teaches? One thing that unites every single person on the planet is our unrighteousness, our sinfulness before God. The beautiful thing about the gospel is God is not trying to make us feel terrible by helping us see our depravity, He is showing us the truth so we might run to him and be set free.
Unrighteousness to Glory Dec 2nd, 2018
It seems that the Jews in Rome and Paul had some conflict. The Jews in Rome seemed to think Paul didn’t take God’s law serious enough and that his talk of grace meant he was condoning people to sin whenever they wanted. Paul seemed to think that the Jews in Rome didn’t understand grace and were placing their trust in things other than Christ (Heritage, circumcision, privilege). In the end, I think what the Word shows us is we all have a tendency to either trust in our good behavior as a means for justification, or we swing the other way and treat God’s grace cheaply. True love and faithfulness comes through humility before God. A humble heart leads us to an understanding of the unimaginable cost of grace, and what it took for God to forgive our sin.
It's A Heart Thing Nov 18th, 2018
So often we make our faith about the stuff we should do. Did we read our bible, did we pray, did we go to church? Those things are important, but when we define ourselves by that we begin to lose our way. Circumcision on the surface seems weird and insignificant to us, but when we dive deeper it’s a window into our tendency to make our faith about us- when it was always and will always be about God.
Honor and Glory Nov 4th, 2018
We have talked a lot about God’s wrath and judgement for sin over the last few weeks, and today’s passage is no exception, but Paul also hints at an incredible promise. It’s not only that God will judge those who have no hope without Christ and his righteousness, but that God will reward those who have been made righteous by Christ when they do good in his name. God sharing his glory with us in staggering ways.
Who Are You to Judge? Oct 28th, 2018
Sometimes sin is obvious and we see it in ourselves or others very clearly, but sometimes sin is more sinister. It creeps into how we view the world and more specifically how we view other people. In Romans 2 Paul warns us of the danger of judging others while at the same time not seeing our own sin clearly. God has no patience for the judgmental “religious person”. We should always be evaluating our hearts and asking, “do I strive to love others as God does, or do I give love based off of how well people meet my expectations?”
When Truth Unravels Oct 14th, 2018
Romans has been showing us what happens with we reject God and pursue sin. Our hearts and minds fall further and further from God we begin to reject the truth about God, ourselves and his creation. This weeks passage helps us see just how far that depravity can go if God finally releases us to pursue the sin we have chosen over him.
Without Excuse Oct 7th, 2018
We are all worshipers. We are all built to give glory. Yet, so often we give our worship to things other than God and it leads to all kinds of devastating effects. Before diving into specific ways this plays out, Paul shows us just how damaging and dangerous replacing the rightful worship of the God of the bible can be to our hearts and minds.
Paul sets out his goal, to preach the Gospel Sep 30th, 2018
Paul really shows us his love for the people in the Roman church in his introduction to the letter. He longs to share in fellowship with them, to encourage them and to be encouraged by them. By verse 15 though, it begins to become clear that the thing he longs to share with them more than anything else is Jesus. To encourage them with the depths of the gospel and the power of God.
The Missionary Journey and Teaching of Paul Sep 23rd, 2018
The letter of Romans was written to a real church, full of real people. Understanding what was going on in their context and the things that Paul was specifically addressing helps get a deeper understanding of what he was trying to communicate. But the beautiful thing about God’s word, and specifically Romans, is that although it was written to a specific church and people, the truths found there are just as powerful and relevant today as they were 2000 years ago.
*Bonus Content: Watch this amazing video on Romans to get a great overview of this letter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej_6dVdJSIU
God's Call on Paul's Life Sep 16th, 2018
This week we began our series in Romans, but before really diving into the book we wanted to have a deeper understanding of it’s author, Paul. This letter written to the Christians in Rome gives us deep insights into not only God, his character, and Christ, but into the Jewish man that wrote it.