Romans 8:1-15. Sin is the ultimate slavery. We were made for freedom, not for slavery. In Jesus Christ we have been set free to live the life God designed for us.
Romans 7:14-25a. It would be nice if our salvation/redemption made us perfect, but it is not that simple. However, even though we are not perfect we are also not condemned because Christ is perfect on our behalf.
Bottom line: we serve someone or something. So who is your master? And, what are the results of serving who you serve? Paul invites us to consider the options and to offer ourselves as slaves to God. We’ll consider what this means and what the consequences of serving God or choosing to serve another truly are. Reading: Romans 6:15-23.
God is a relational, and he views us as his children. What does this mean for how we relate to him? Today’s reading is Romans 8:12-27.
What is the church? Why is it important? Do we need it? These are questions we will consider in the new sermon series “Images of the Church”. Here are just some of those images: body, building, community, household, vineyard. Please consider with us these fascinating images.
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 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.
Pastor Bob draws out the main themes of Paul’s letter to the Romans in this encouraging message, the first in a message series that will focus on a book of the New Testament each week.