Year: 2015

Romans 8:18-­27: Future Glory

This is the time of year when thousands of people are making predictions about the next year. Investment advisors, futurists, books about the future and innumerable articles will be written about what to expect in 2016. There is something about the future that draws us in. We want to imagine we can know what is going to happen in the next 12 months. We are fascinated about all the possible changes ...[Read More]

Romans 7-­8

1.  In Romans 7, Paul is addressing two sets of believers. He is speaking to Gentiles who have made their own moral law the standard for being good and accepted by God. But, he is also addressing Jewish believers who have been under pressure to stay inside the Law. It is difficult for us to understand because I am not sure there is a similar situation for us. When they gave up The Law they were gi ...[Read More]

Romans 6:8­-23

1.  Last week we talked about our moving permanently as refugees from one kingdom to another. “There is only one requirement and that is accepting the free gift of Christ and we are instantly, completely and irrevocably new citizens of the kingdom of life. We have given up our old identity, handed over our passport and begun a new life. There is no such thing as dual citizenship. There is no ...[Read More]

Romans 6:1­-7

“The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1.  The response of some to that seems odd, doesn’t it? “Well, if grace is God’s response to sin then sin must have th ...[Read More]

Romans 5:10­-21

Last time we looked at what it means to have peace with God. It is not the same as the peace of God. Without the first we cannot have the second. Peace with God comes on God’s initiative. There is nothing we can do to earn it or discover it. We cannot find our way to God. He reveals Himself to us in Christ and it is only through Christ that we have peace with God. Everything else is our imag ...[Read More]

Romans 5: Peace With God

Sometimes we have to go back to the original documents to discover the roots of who we are and what we believe. It’s surprising now and then to find out how far we have strayed from the original definition and intentions. I went through a period when I could not read enough history about the founders of our country and realized how little I knew about the original ideas behind America and wh ...[Read More]

Romans 4 and Caitlyn Mortus

Several weeks ago when I first asked Caitlyn Mortus if she could be with us I did not know we were going to be in the book of Romans and I had no idea we would be looking briefly at this particular passage this morning. I’ll not say any more about that but as soon as she begins to tell her story you will realize as I did that you just cannot plan things like this. Over the last several weeks ...[Read More]

The Exodus: Exodus 1:1-14:31

1.  This is the defining event in the history of Israel. Through no fault of their own and not due to their sin they are enslaved for 430 years. A new king has no regard for Joseph and the contribution of the Hebrews to Egypt. He is afraid of them and their lack of loyalty to the State religion. It is also the experience that – along with the Babylonian exile – formed their character a ...[Read More]

Romans 4:1-25

Last week we looked at Paul’s argument for God concluding all men under sin that he might include them all in grace. There is the law of the Gentiles written on their hearts and the Law of the Jews given by Moses. Both Jew and Gentile are accountable to their own laws but while there can be moral uprightness by obedience to each neither one can bring righteousness. Righteousness and a reconc ...[Read More]

Romans 3:1-19

For most of us, we sketch out what we want to say, edit it, scratch out things, rearrange and reorder and only then do we come up with the final form. Others, like some claim for Shakespeare, write without edits or drafts and so quickly they can produce enormous amounts of material in their lifetime. I would like to know what it was for Paul. Did he draft and edit before sending? Did he practice w ...[Read More]