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GOD’S KINDNESS LEADS TO REPENTANCE

July 14, 2024

“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4 ESV). Don’t presume upon the riches of God’s kindness, thinking you will not appear before God’s judgment seat in the end. Don’t let the apparent way that

THE MUTUAL ENCOURAGEMENT OF FELLOWSHIP

July 12, 2024

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:11-12 ESV). God made us for Himself and fashioned within us a deep need for fellowship. As Christ-followers our spiritual

Why the Empty Cross?

March 31, 2024 | Romans 6:4-11 | cross, easter

Of all the symbols that Christians might have chosen as an emblem of the faith, why the cross? The answer is that the cross points to Christ’s death as payment for our sins and the fact that the cross is empty points to Christ’s resurrection as the power that gives us new life in Him. The empty cross points to the empty tomb!

In the apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, he told them that it was being united with Christ in His death and resurrection that made it possible for them to live a new life. We can experience this new life in union with Christ’s death and resurrection.

People Need People

January 21, 2024 | Romans 12:3-13

We have more communication technology, but less person to person communication. We have more social media, but less time socializing together. We’ve supersized our stuff, but we’ve downsized our time with others. As a result we are becoming more and more isolated from our families and communities. That’s why the call of Christ is a simple call to a personal relationship. Jesus says, “Come, follow me.” Jesus wants to connect us to God and to God’s family.

In the book of Romans chapter 12, the apostle Paul appealed to believers to fully devote themselves to God, which would lead to a transformed and renewed mind that would know and follow the will of God (Rom.12:1-2). He then instructed them in the new way they were to think of themselves and one another in Christ. We can have this new way of thinking of ourselves and one another in Christ.

Admitting Our Brokenness

August 6, 2023 | Matthew 5:1-3; Romans 7:15-25 | beatitudes, recovery

We all have problems. We have hurts, habits, and hangups that we can’t overcome. It’s like something inside of us is broken and it leaves us powerless to change. We’re held captive and can’t get free!

How are you doing at overcoming these hurts, habits, and hangups? For most of us, no matter how hard we try, we find ourselves powerless to break free, so we continue to be held captive by them.

The apostle Paul wrote about these feelings of brokenness, of feeling powerless to change. In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he described how admitting our brokenness can move us toward God’s blessing. We can see how admitting our brokenness can move us toward God’s blessing.

THE CHURCH IS THE PEOPLE NOT THE STEEPLE

August 2, 2023

“Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in the ministry of Christ Jesus. In fact, they once risked their lives for me. I am thankful to them, and so are all the Gentile churches. Also give my greetings to the church that meets in their home.” (Romans 16:3-5 NLT). In Paul’s letter to

ARE YOU OVERFLOWING WITH CONFIDENT HOPE?

August 1, 2023

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NLT). The apostle Paul prayed that the Romans would overflow with confident hope. What is this hope and

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “PUT ON” CHRIST?

July 30, 2023

“Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires” (Romans 13:14 NLT). First, isn’t there the necessity of putting off our old clothes? Certainly, this is what the Word teaches. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul says to “put off

LOVE AND HONOR ONE ANOTHER

July 29, 2023

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other” (Romans 12:10 NLT). In Romans 12, Paul described how those who have offered their bodies as a living sacrifice and have received a transformed mind that knows God’s will, should live with each other. In verse 10, Paul gave two marks of

ALL THINGS ARE FROM, THROUGH, AND TO GOD!

July 28, 2023

“For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen” (Romans 11:36 NLT). Paul’s benediction at the end of Romans 11 is all encompassing. It declares that all things come “from” God, for He is the Creator. All things exist through God, for