Contributed on Mar 25, 2019
Paul's letter to the Romans is an occasional letter. What was the situation facing the church in Roman that caused Paul to pen one of the most amazing presentations of the gospel of God? In sermon, we investigate the background to Paul's letter to the Romans.
A. In the year 386 A.D. a young professor of rhetoric named Aurelius Augustinius was wasting his life away in dissolution and debauchery. 1. Then one day, he happened to pick up a Bible, which just happened to fall open to the book of Romans, where his eye just happened to fall upon Chapter 13, ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2019
This sermon explores the first 17 verses of Romans 1 as Paul introduces himself and his mission to the Romans and reminds them of their calling. There are many powerful lessons we can learn in these opening verses.
A. Many years ago a minister was walking to church one Sunday morning when he passed by the home of one of his church members who was working in his flower garden. 1. The minister said to him: “Can’t you hear those bells calling you to church?” 2. “Eh, what’s that?” asked the church member. ...read more
Contributed on Apr 8, 2019
The gospel is the good news of Jesus that is the antidote of the bad news of God's wrath and judgment against sin. In Romans 1:18-32, Paul discusses why God's wrath is justified, and what happens to humanity when they reject God and God gives them up.
A. The story is told of a street evangelist who was trying to get the attention of people passing by. 1. He spoke loudly, urging the people to flee from the wrath of God to come. 2. He roared, “I warn you, that there will be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth!” 3. An older woman passing ...read more
Contributed on Apr 15, 2019
As Paul continues to lay out the fact that all people fall short of the glory of God and are in need of God's righteousness, he focuses on the fact that the Jews are no better off than the Gentiles.
A. One day a company inspection was taking place at the Redstone Arsenal, the U.S. Army’s guided missile school in Huntsville, Alabama. 1. The inspection was being conducted by a full colonel. 2. The inspection was going smoothly until the colonel came to a certain soldier. 3. The colonel ...read more
Contributed on May 13, 2019
True religion isn't about external rituals, but it is about relationship and wholehearted devotion.
A. One day, many years ago, a well-respected British minister took the trolley early Monday morning from his home in the suburbs to the church in downtown London. 1. He paid the driver as he got on the trolley, and being pre-occupied with his busy schedule and the needs of his church he didn’t ...read more
Contributed on May 13, 2019
Paul anticipates that the Jewish Christians in Rome will have a lot of questions and so he asks and answers three questions in this section of Romans.
A. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and grandmothers in our congregation, whether they be biological, adoptive, surrogate, or spiritual mothers and granmothers! 1. We all thank God for the influence of godly women in our individual lives and in the life of the church as a whole! 2. May God ...read more
Contributed on May 28, 2019
This sermon is the completion of Paul's three chapter presentation of the universal sinfulness and helplessness of all people. Before Paul can share the good news of the gospel, he must first we understand and accept the bad news of our condition.
A. One day two men were sitting next to each other on an airplane, and one of them remarked, “Somebody around here’s deodorant isn’t working!” 1. The other man said, “Well, it’s not me, I’m not wearing any deodorant!” B. One of the realities in life is that some folks are oblivious to their own ...read more
Contributed on Jun 3, 2019
After spending three chapters explaining how all people are sinners and are subject to God's wrath, in Romans 3:21-26, Paul explains how sinners can be made right with God.
A. Let me begin with a question this morning: How many of us here today want to escape God’s judgment and wrath against sin? 1. We all want to escape God’s judgment and wrath against sin, don’t we? 2. But how can we do that? How can we make sure God’s judgment and wrath don’t fall on us? B. Let ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2019
In Romans 4:13-25, Paul shows how Abraham believed that what God promised, God would do. Similarly, in order to be made right with God, we must believe that God will make good on His promise to save those who put their trust in Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.
A. I like the old story about a man who fell off a cliff, but managed to grab a tree limb on the way down. 1. The man began to call out: “Help, help, is anyone up there?” 2. Then the man heard a voice saying, “I am here. I am the Lord. Do you believe me?” 3. The man replied, “Yes, Lord, I ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2019
In the first five verses of Romans chapter 5, Paul begins to focus on the results of our justification in Christ. Paul points toward 3 blessings that comes because of our justification.
Introduction: A. Many years ago a major American magazine published the results of a most fascinating survey. 1. The editors had asked 16 prominent Americans what they did in order to find peace of mind in the midst of our stressful world. The responses were quite revealing. 2. Noted author James ...read more