From Romans 15:14-22. It’s vital that we in the church continually remember the Good News as our basis for relationship with God and power for ministry. When we live in light of the grace that is in Christ Jesus, we become people who desire to take the Good News to wherever it is not known and work fervently towards that end.
From Romans 14:1-12. Here are some words of the Apostle Paul: “Submit to one another out of reverence to Christ…consider others better than yourselves. Each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore, let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead make up your mind not to put a stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.” These are lofty words, but this is how we are supposed to live.
From Romans 13:1-7. The Apostle Paul made a radical statement in Romans 13, “all authority that exists has been established by God.” How can that be true? Suppose this is applied to a dictator whose primary vision for a nation is to wipe out an ethnic minority. Was Adolph Hitler established by God? Should Christians have followed the authority of the Third Reich? These are the kinds of questions that emerge from Paul’s advice and these are the kinds of questions we will address.
Our next miniseries, The Gift of Surrender, begins with Romans 12:1-8. Often, the idea of “surrender” has a negative connotation of defeat: surrender to an enemy, surrender to “the inevitable” life circumstance. However, when we surrender to God
In Romans 12:9-21, Paul gives us many statements on love. How are we to see others and respond with this love?
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 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!