Romans 15:14-33

This is our final lesson from Romans – even though it is not the final chapter. But here Paul is wrapping up perhaps the most important of all his letters. If we look back it is hard to believe what Paul has explored in one letter, isn’t it? Look at the topics he has covered: The sinfulness of all men or what we call today total depravity The nature of the world that has turned the tru ...[Read More]

Romans 15:1-13

Last week we talked about the weaker brother being accepted by those who had worked through some of the issues that new believers were wrestling with and this week the first part of this passage extends that. Clearly, it was an important issue then as it is now. Some people have liberty in areas that others do not. Some people have issues of conscience that others do not and learning to live with ...[Read More]

Romans 14

What does it mean to have weak faith? It’s not a bad thing. It doesn’t mean “wrong faith” or someone who does not have saving faith. We have to remember that Paul uses the word for faith in at least two different ways in his letters. There is the sense that we are saved by faith alone – as he says in Ephesians 2:8: “For it is by grace you have been saved, throug ...[Read More]

Romans 13:8-14

Again, if it were not for the insertion of chapters and verses we would read this without even pausing from verse 6. We are to pay everything that is due from us as citizens – regardless of whether we feel it is fair. We are not to be foolish about it since we have the options of tax deductions, offsets, exclusions and other perfectly legal means to reduce the burden but, in the end, we are ...[Read More]

Romans 13:1-7

It is easy to see this as a whole new topic for Paul but it is not. It was not a new chapter when he wrote it. As you know, chapters and verses were only added later in the 15th century so there would have been no separation between 12:21 and 13:1. In fact, it is good to read 12:17 through 13:7 as a single passage because there is really no interruption between Paul’s addressing how we are t ...[Read More]

Romans 12:9-21

We finished our study of the several gifts last week and, hopefully, you will remember what Paul makes clear every time he gets the chance. These gifts are not for personal fulfillment or satisfaction. In fact, if they are used in that way they will likely be misused – if not become harmful. They are for the strengthening of the body and not for the personal development of the believer. In t ...[Read More]

Romans 12:8

1.  I should have begun last week with a little more explanation of spiritual gifts and not just jumped into the particular gifts Paul discusses in Romans 12. So let me do that now and then we will look at the remaining four gifts in this passage: encouragement, giving, leadership, and mercy. First, the spiritual gifts are given for the sole purpose of building up the Body of Christ. They are not ...[Read More]

Romans 12:1-7

Paul is the master of the word “therefore” and here is an example of that. In Chapter 11 he concludes his argument that God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable and that all of Israel will be saved due to God’s love for and covenant with the patriarchs. That ends with a beautiful doxology about the unsearchable and inexplicable wisdom and knowledge of God. “Who has kn ...[Read More]

Romans 9-­11: All Israel Will Be Saved

I want to begin in the middle of the text this morning. Sometimes we wonder why all this theology and doctrine is important. Can’t we just skip to the life application parts? Why not make things simple and not complicated? Isn’t it enough to be saved and then live a decent life? Romans 10:9 says “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in you ...[Read More]

Romans 8:28­-39: More Than Conquerors

1.  There are two levels to this passage. One, the very particular way in which Paul was addressing the Christians in Rome and, second, its application for us this morning. The original context is important. It is part of the preceding passage where Paul says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us ...[Read More]