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.
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 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!
From Romans 3:9-20. Paul’s statement, “None of us is righteous, not even one” is clear and could be depressing apart from the good news: the only human being who was sinless, Jesus Christ, has become the righteousness of God for us. Through Jesus Christ we have been declared righteous by God himself. Let’s remember this and rejoice!
Paul is in prison and the end of his life is near. In the midst of these circumstances he writes some powerful words: “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” That is a remarkable perspective on life but not an easy one to embrace. Let’s consider together what it means to adopt that point of view and how it might transform our lives.
From Acts 21:10-14. Paul’s arrest in Jerusalem began a period of imprisonment that lasted about 5 years. What can we take from Paul’s view of God in this situation to help us the next time we find our life in pieces?
This message explores several things that accompany the gospel when it comes to town (or into a person’s life).
From Acts 17:22-32. A look at how Paul sought to communicate the gospel to a well-educated, biblically-illiterate audience.
Paul’s story comes at us fast in the book of Acts–he’s miraculously converted on the road to Damascus in Chapter 9; two pages later he’s being sent by the Antioch church on his first missionary journey to take the gospel to the Gentiles. Join us Sunday as we reflect on God’s work in forming Paul for his missionary calling and consider together how we might trust God in faith as we seek to serve His mission in our own lives.
The church at Antioch was a sending church, sending Barnabas and Saul off to missionary work. After all, the church is not for itself; it’s for the world. God uses this human, and also eternal, institution to accomplish his eternal purposes.