Jan 28, 2018
God is for Us…
The letter to the churches of Rome stands unique among most of Paul’s writing. Unlike his other letters which are often written to address situations in the church and most often to churches that Paul has personal experience with; Romans is written to people who are largely unfamiliar with Paul. Now we need not think that the churches in Rome had never heard of Paul, but Paul had no physical connection with the believers in Rome. He did not plant a church there, nor was he the first to take the gospel to the city. Yet Paul is writing to these believers at least in part because he desires their help for further ministry. Therefore, the letter becomes a way for Paul to introduce himself as well as the gospel he has been proclaiming throughout the churches. So, as we read Romans there is a very good possibility that are reading a manuscript of sorts of Paul's gospel proclamation. And in fact, looking through the letter, Romans clearly declares the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul's sermon begins with a proclamation of the power of the gospel (1:16-17) Then from 1:18-3:20, Paul outlines the sinfulness of all mankind as well as their inability to save themselves. (3:20): “For by works of the Law, no flesh will be justified” Paul then states the wonderful truth of justification through faith in Christ (3:21-4) And then from chapters 5-8 Paul describes the tremendous outcomes of being justified through faith in Christ, and it truly hits a crescendo in chapter 8 which opens with the magisterial declaration, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1 ESV)"God is for Us...".
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  • Jan 28, 2018God is for Us…
    Jan 28, 2018
    God is for Us…
    The letter to the churches of Rome stands unique among most of Paul’s writing. Unlike his other letters which are often written to address situations in the church and most often to churches that Paul has personal experience with; Romans is written to people who are largely unfamiliar with Paul. Now we need not think that the churches in Rome had never heard of Paul, but Paul had no physical connection with the believers in Rome. He did not plant a church there, nor was he the first to take the gospel to the city. Yet Paul is writing to these believers at least in part because he desires their help for further ministry. Therefore, the letter becomes a way for Paul to introduce himself as well as the gospel he has been proclaiming throughout the churches. So, as we read Romans there is a very good possibility that are reading a manuscript of sorts of Paul's gospel proclamation. And in fact, looking through the letter, Romans clearly declares the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul's sermon begins with a proclamation of the power of the gospel (1:16-17) Then from 1:18-3:20, Paul outlines the sinfulness of all mankind as well as their inability to save themselves. (3:20): “For by works of the Law, no flesh will be justified” Paul then states the wonderful truth of justification through faith in Christ (3:21-4) And then from chapters 5-8 Paul describes the tremendous outcomes of being justified through faith in Christ, and it truly hits a crescendo in chapter 8 which opens with the magisterial declaration, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1 ESV)"God is for Us...".
  • Feb 19, 2017ENTRUSTING WITH THE GOSPEL
    Feb 19, 2017
    ENTRUSTING WITH THE GOSPEL
    Most every Christian in America knows that he/she should be both a disciple and a disciple-maker, but very few Christians understand what that means and how important it is. In our age of individualism and personal autonomy, not many people are thinking much about others. The responsibility to invest in others, especially for the sake of spiritual benefit, belongs to every Christian. Because we have received the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we have been entrusted with that good message. And because we have been entrusted with it, we are to hand it along to others as well. Disciple-making disciples - that’s what every faithful Christian is.