Jul 23, 2023
Romans: “The Freedom of the Gospel”
Series: Romans
Romans 8:1-11 
 
In chapter 8 Paul discusses how the gospel transforms how we see ourselves, and how the gospel leads us to experience the freedom that Jesus gives. This is vital, because most religious people don’t feel free because they are caught in one of two traps: the performance trap and the pretending trap.
 
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  • Jul 23, 2023Romans: “The Freedom of the Gospel”
    Jul 23, 2023
    Romans: “The Freedom of the Gospel”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 8:1-11 
     
    In chapter 8 Paul discusses how the gospel transforms how we see ourselves, and how the gospel leads us to experience the freedom that Jesus gives. This is vital, because most religious people don’t feel free because they are caught in one of two traps: the performance trap and the pretending trap.
     
  • Jul 9, 2023Romans: “Gotta Serve Somebody”
    Jul 9, 2023
    Romans: “Gotta Serve Somebody”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 6:15-23 
     
    Paul answers a question/challenge from some of the Jewish Christians in Rome: "If we live under God's grace, and not the moral law, then why can't we just sin as much as we want to?" Paul replies that, since God designed us to worship Him, to give ourselves to Him, that we're hard-wired for worship. When we sin, we're not just freely doing whatever we want to do, we're giving ourselves over to the power of sin. And doing that brings death and chaos to our lives, both here and into eternity.
     
    Instead, we are to give ourselves to Jesus, because when we surrender ourselves to him, we're not losing freedom, we're gaining it.
  • Jul 2, 2023Romans: “Winning The War Against Sin”
    Jul 2, 2023
    Romans: “Winning The War Against Sin”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 6:6-14 
     
    While we have been set free from our slavery to sin, the fact is that the experience of every Christian continues to be this struggle (sometimes brutal) against sin. So how do we, as believers, fight that battle? Paul begins to address that topic in Romans 6, and answers questions like, "If I now have Jesus’ resurrection power, why do I still struggle so much with saying no to sin? Why does my heart still feel so stubborn sometimes? Why does my mind wander in prayer? Lose focus in worship? And how can I change?"
  • Jun 25, 2023Romans “The Foundation For Everything”
    Jun 25, 2023
    Romans “The Foundation For Everything”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 6:1-5
  • Jun 18, 2023Romans: “A Tale of Two Adams”
    Jun 18, 2023
    Romans: “A Tale of Two Adams”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 5:12-21
     
    How deep is the salvation that Jesus has given us? We have a new mode of living and we are set free, not just from the consequences of our sin, not just from the punishment for our sin, but from the power of that sin. You can be free in Jesus. 
  • Jun 11, 2023Romans “This Changes Everything”
    Jun 11, 2023
    Romans “This Changes Everything”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 5:1-11
     
    All of that we've read and looked at so far about the gospel; about justification, about the righteousness of God, about Jesus paying for our sins, does it impact or change or address that anxiety at all? The answer is a resounding "yes". When we actually understand the gospel deeply, that understanding transforms the way we walk through suffering. 
  • Jun 4, 2023Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
    Jun 4, 2023
    Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
    Series: Renewal
  • May 28, 2023Romans: “What is Faith?”
    May 28, 2023
    Romans: “What is Faith?”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 4:1-25
     
    Romans 4 is Paul's dissection of what it really means to have faith. So far we've seen how important faith is to our salvation, so how important it is for us to understand what it really is. Looking at the life of Abraham, we get a great illustration. 
     
  • May 21, 2023Romans: “A Diamond on a Black Cloth”
    May 21, 2023
    Romans: “A Diamond on a Black Cloth”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 3:20-26
     
    Paul turns from the black cloth of human sin to hold up the glittering diamond of the gospel. 
  • May 14, 2023Romans: “The Same Boat”
    May 14, 2023
    Romans: “The Same Boat”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 1:18-2:29
     
    Just as both sons were estranged from their father in the parable of the prodigal son, religious and non-religious people are estranged from God by their sin, and both groups are in desperate need of the saving work of Jesus Christ.