Contributed on Sep 8, 2007
This sermon is the introductory sermon in the series of preaching through the letter of Paul to the Romans which seeks to introduce the gospel of God which is the overall subject of Paul’s letter.
Janet Paschal sings a song written by Dawn Thomas entitled, “I’m Not Ashamed.” The chorus communicates the meaning of my message today. It goes, “That’s why I am not ashamed of the Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ. No, I am not afraid to be counted but I’m willing to give my life. See, I’m ...read more
Contributed on Sep 17, 2007
This sermon attempts to communicate the truth that when you believe in Christ you not only are declared righteous, but in your spirit you are made righteous before God and in your inmost being thereby you are able to love and live like Christ.
Everybody wants to be right don’t they? In fact, if the truth were to be known, most of us want to be right all the time. Just yesterday Kathy showed me a magazine ad of a framed saying that sums up what I’m saying. It went this way, “I may be left-handed, but I’m always RIGHT.” Most people are ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2007
This sermon seeks to communicate the truth that all persons are responsible to acknowledge and know God and to refuse to do so leaves one subject to the wrath of God being revealed in their life rather than receiving the righteousness that comes from God
Paul has made his point that he is proud of the gospel because it is the power of God for salvation. It provides deliverance from the penalty of sin (death) and freedom from sin’s power over us now (it no longer masters us). For in the gospel he points out that a righteousness from God is ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2007
This sermon seeks to encourage an honest look at oneself in light of the judgment you pass on others; for when you criticize negative traits in others you are revealing the things which you dislike in yourself.
In his introduction to this passage, Greg Herrick relates someone has once joked that the definition of a jury is: “twelve people chosen to decide who has the best lawyer.” And with the current state of law suits in America, it’s no wonder that people are skeptical about truth and justice in our ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2007
This sermon is the second in this current series of “Preaching Through Romans” and deals with the various aspects of God’s calling upon people’s lives.
As a pastor, there are all kinds of calls I receive from day to day. I get calls requesting prayer, concerning counseling, dealing with death and on many occasions a call for an order for Dominos Pizza! The last four digits of one church phone number was the same as Dominos and I would invariably ...read more
Contributed on Oct 10, 2007
This sermon attempts to communicate that living by the law will not make you right with God rather you must be right to live right and you are made right by receiving righteousness from God whether Jew or Gentile.
Living by the law sounds good doesn’t it? Most of us Americans are law abiding citizens, wouldn’t you say? That is, until you stop and think about how the jails of our nation are over crowded and how the court system is back logged with cases. I was talking with a lady one day who had been ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2007
This sermon from my series on Preaching Through Romans attempts to deal with some of the arguments that people make against the truth and to the grace of God thereby refusing to take advantage of the offer of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What about the person who is born with the proverbial silver spoon in his or her mouth? Are those advantages advantageous? Are they beneficial, useful, helpful – to your advantage, valuable or profitable? Most of us would answer absolutely “Not” in our day and time. On Entertainment News you ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2007
This sermon seeks to challenge people who have not come to a conclusion about their relationship with God to do so in the face of Paul’s conclusion that all alike are guilty of sin.
Do you ever come to any conclusions about any matters? Do you ever come to any conclusion about things that matter? I mean, do you ever come to any meaningful conclusions about anything that really matters? When I look out at you from my perspective this morning, I honestly have to ask you this ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2007
This sermon brings us to the good part of how to receive acceptance from God, this righteousness from God that’s included in the gospel as Paul presents it.
Charles R. Solomon says, “There are two kinds of people in the world – those who have been rejected and those who have been rejected more.” We all have reaped what Adam and Eve sewed – rejection of God’s will and way. Therefore, we experience rejection. Solomon goes on to teach us in his book, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 6, 2007
This sermon seeks to communicate that Christ’s own righteousness is imputed to those who believe thus, enabling the believer to live the Christ life like God designed it be lived.
Martin Luther a German monk and theologian dealt the symbolic blow that began the Protestant Reformation when he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. That document contained an attack on abuses by popes and the sale of indulgences by church officials. But Luther ...read more
Contributed on Dec 16, 2007
This sermon attempts to point out that in justification Jesus pardons all your sins, provides for your righteousness and puts you in a fully pleasing position with the Heavenly Father.
Much of the time, many people feel like God must not love them. Especially if they have trouble or tribulation; if they’re going through tough times or trials are on every hand. Then they cry out to God, “Why me?” Then there are those who on the inside feel ashamed of everything they do or don’t ...read more
Contributed on Dec 31, 2007
This sermon deals with reconciliation in terms of the truth that being really reconciled Reveals a problem, Restores a relationship and Relates to persons.
Randy felt like a vending machine. Anyone wanting something could pull an invisible lever and get it. On the job, at home, in church or during leisure time Randy was continually being called upon to carry other people’s responsibility. And Randy deeply resented those people who by demanding so ...read more
Contributed on Jan 30, 2008
This sermon reveals a part of who we are and what we have in Christ, your identity in Christ by relating what you receive as a result of receiving the righteousness of Christ including Peace with God, Access to Grace and Hope in God’s glory.
Based on what Paul has just taught about – justification by faith alone and the crediting of righteousness to our lives, there are benefits of your having believed in Jesus Christ. The “therefore” connects Chapter 5 with what Paul has just written. In fact, “since we have been justified through ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2008
This sermon deals with the reasons you need to rejoice in your sufferings because of what it produces in you including perseverance, character and hope.
Folk the reality is, we live in a world where there are natural disasters, political catastrophes, economic hardships, accidents, illnesses, death and widespread wickedness. No one can be a part of such a world without times of suffering. Likewise, the believer is not sheltered from adverse ...read more
Contributed on Feb 20, 2008
This sermon seeks to explain our new relationship with God in terms of Four Reasons you need reconciliation and Four Results you receive in reconciliation.
With Super Tuesday coming around the corner, can you feel the fireworks flaming? You can hear the rhetoric heating up as candidates fire back and forth. The final debates ended Wednesday night and Thursday night leading up to Tuesday’s primary elections. However, the hostility hasn’t ended has ...read more