Contributed on May 11, 2020
Paul clearly taught salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Such a teaching could easily raise two objections Paul addresses. And in doing so, he charts God’s agenda for holy living for the believer.
The Logic of Pursuing Godliness (Romans 6:1-23) 1. It must be tough right now for to take the Census, with Covid and all. 2. I have a funny Jewish joke about this. The census taker comes to the Goldman house. “Does Louis Goldman live here?” he asks. “No,” replies Goldman. “Well, then, what is ...read more
Contributed on May 11, 2020
Although ignorance is a major problem in the Christian world, our biggest issue involves being rightly related to God. Many, sadly, look to law-keeping as the way to know God or receive His forgiveness. This simply will not work; we need regeneration, the work of the Holy Spirit within us.
Why the Law Cannot Fix Us (Romans 7:1-25) 1. Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms. Moms come with all sorts of personalities and approaches toward parenting. A mother is trying to get her son to eat carrots. “Carrots are good for your eyes,” she says. “How do you know?” the boy asks. The mother ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2020
The big picture of the Christian life helps us to recalibrate our bearings as we study the details and fine points.
God Upgrades Our System (Romans 8:1-4) 1. This is a transcript of an actual support call to a computer support number: Me: Thank you for calling —- my name is —- how may I help you? customer: My new laptop won’t turn on. Me: Is it plugged in? Customer: What? Me: Did you plug it in? The battery is ...read more
Contributed on May 25, 2020
In explaining the spiritual nature of the true believer, Paul asserts three important FACTS.
The Believer’s Two Inclinations (Romans 8:5-11) 1. Here is a true story from Patrick Grilliot: We Uber drivers never know whom we’re going to end up with as a passenger. One day, I was driving over a new bridge, the design of which was very confusing. Completely confounded, I muttered, “I’d love ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2020
Every true believer in Christ is a Spirit-led heir of eternal life and blessings we cannot imagine. This is all from the hand of a loving Father.
Spirit-Led Heirs (Romans 8:12-17) 1. “You may have heard the term “laughing heir” used by an estate planning lawyer, the media, or by courts. The legal definition of a “laughing heir” is a distant relative with inheritance rights without a close degree of kinship to the decedent. At common law, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 9, 2020
We live during a time of groaning while awaiting the glory to which we, as believers, are destined.
Pass the Liniment (Romans 8:18-27) 1. A woman walks into a doctor’s office. She schedules an appointment and sits down it the waiting room. When it’s her turn to talk to the doctor, she describes all of her symptoms, and they’re unlike anything he’s heard before. The doctor runs a few tests and ...read more
Contributed on Jun 15, 2020
Like it or not, God uses trials and suffering to remold and reshape us into Jesus’ image as part of His long term plan.
When Being A Conformist is Good! (Romans 8:28-30) 1. It is great to see our trials resolved and our prayers answered. A woman at work received a phone call that her daughter was sick with a fever. She left work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter. She returned to ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2020
The fears and hardships of life can weigh heavily upon us, and sometimes the best way to cope is to transcend them by focusing and pondering the truths of God’s Word, particularly His promise to bring us through.
Transcending Life’s Challenges (Romans 8:31-34) 1. Today is Father’s Day and today’s sermon has a lot of Jewish Roots to it. So I decided to begin with a joke about a Jewish father. 2. Sid Samuels, 79, was on the operating table awaiting surgery, to be performed, at this insistence by his own ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2020
As long as we are joined to God through our faith in Jesus Christ, we need not fear separation from God in this life or in the life to come. Why? Because of His steadfast love which endures forever.
Ever Feel Like God Has Unfriended You? (Romans 8:35-39, Psalm 44:17-26) 1. Have you ever decided to break off a friendship? Dear Abby, “I became engaged to a man and just found out he had a wooden leg. Do you think I should break it off?” 2. One young woman explains why she did so: “I knew it ...read more