From Romans 9:1-24. If God is truly sovereign, then he is completely in control of everything. If God chooses his own course for the future, using his own carefully selected people, then how do we fit into the picture? Is choice on our part even possible? Are the sovereignty of God and human free will in conflict with one another? Apparently, the Apostle Paul doesn’t think so.
In Romans 1:8-17 the Apostle Paul says that there is power in the gospel. How is the gospel the power of God? Consider these words: salvation, redemption, deliverance, resurrection, eternal life. Those are powerful words! Let’s think together about why Paul makes this declaration and what it means for us today.
The mission of God in this world is inseparably linked with the mission of God’s people. When God blessed Abraham, the purpose of that individual blessing was instrumental – the world would be blessed through Abraham. In the same way the mission of God in our world flows through individuals–in this case, the church.
This Sunday kicks off our month-long focus on missions! We heard from both Pastor Bob, who spoke on Romans 8:18-27, and from Dr. Jennifer Wilson, the spearhead of the hospital project being planned to serve impoverished communities in northern Ghana as part of the ministry of GRID-NEA and David and Brenda Mensah.
This week at Connexion we considered how the grace we’ve received in Jesus Christ leads us to be people who care for those in need. How can we reflect God’s heart for the poor and oppressed in our lives? Josiah leads the teaching time with special interviews of two members of the Connexion community.
This week Pastor Dan continues our series Identity Reconstructed, considering the believer’s past, present, and future. Romans 7 & 8 combined are two of the most encouraging chapters in the New Testament. These chapters remind us we aren’t alone in the struggle against sin–it’s the lot of all followers of Christ–and despite our (sometimes losing) struggle, we have been pardoned and liberated through Christ!
Josiah asks us to consider how the good news of Jesus Christ leads Christians to be people who live by faith in our daily lives. What does it mean to live by faith? What practices can we implement on a daily basis to grow in our ability to do so? Josiah will preach – “Daily Essentials for Living By Faith,” focusing on Jeremiah 17:5-8.
In Romans 6:1-11 Paul reminds us of what happened when we trusted in Christ. In our baptism a transformation occurred, a death and resurrection. Since we died in Christ we have also been raised in Christ. We are no longer slaves to sin and death. Instead, we now have a new master, Jesus Christ our redeemer.
How does Christian faith impact the way followers of Christ approach the things in our lives that God has given us passion, ability, and opportunities to do? What does the Bible have to say about our ambitions, the pursuit of excellence, and our definition of success?
Josiah will continues our Too Much & Not Enough series with a message from Romans 3:21-30. Join us as we unfold the ultimate surprise of human existence – God’s provision of grace for sinners who look to Christ in faith – and consider it’s impact on our lives and future.