Contributed on Jan 12, 2013
We have all either heard or asked the questions: Why did you do that? What were you thinking? Paul asked himself the same questions initially gave himself the same answer that we often give: I don't know! Why DO we keep making the same mistakes in
“I DO and I DON’T DO” Romans 7:14-25 We have all heard the question, and probably asked it far too often: “Why did you do that? What were you thinking?” A lot of ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2013
It has been said many times that "you are what you eat." It is also true that you will LIVE what you actually BELIEVE. Does your life coincide with what you claim to believe?
Beliefs and Behaviors Romans 12:2 OUTLINE: The Wills of God: 1. Will of Decree. (Daniel 4:35) 2. Will of Command. (Matt. 7:21, 1 Jn 2:7) 1. Continually Savor the Savior. (1 Pet. 2:1-3, Ps. 34:8) 2. Consistently Submit to the Spirit and Word of God ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2013
Christ died for the Body of Christ; those who have been born physically carry some genetic family qualities. Those who have been born again display some spiritual similarities of the Family of God.
“Saintly Similarities in the Body of Christ” Romans 12:3 We have been looking at Romans 12:1-2 for the last few weeks, being challenged by ...read more
Contributed on Jan 20, 2013
There are two sides to every story and the believer in Christ has the Battle of the Two "I's" going on inside of HIm. How can the "requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us" as Christians?
1 20 13 “The Christian OBLIGATION” Romans 8:1-14 The SHORT SIDE I. God in Christ has given me a new life (zoe) to live for Him. (vs. 1-2) II. The law cannot save, sanctify, nor justify us: only Christ can. (vs. 3-4) III. If you are LIVING in the flesh (sinFULL self), you ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2013
Children who have been adopted are placed in a family that is not their own. Christians who have been taken OUT of Adam and placed IN CHRIST become adopted and heirs of Christ.
“ADOPTION in Christ” Romans 8:15-17 (I was originally going to entitle the today’s message “Sonship”, but I wanted to make sure that I ...read more
Contributed on Feb 2, 2013
Everyone suffers in our fallen world. Get used to it! It comes with the turf. But for God’s people, suffering is not merely a consequence of sin: it holds God’s eternal purpose,.
When We Suffer Romans 8:17-18 OUTLINE: Disciples of Jesus Christ, IF and WHEN you suffer, remember that... 1. Suffering with Christ is part of our inheritance. 2. Suffering with Christ demands sacrifice. 3. Suffering with ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2013
Everybody wants to go to Heaven so why are so many people afraid to die?
“EVERYBODY Wants to Go to Heaven” 1 Thessalonians 4:13 Who wants to go to heaven someday? A recent Christian book is entitled, “EVERYBODY Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die”. There is a lot of truth in that title, but if we believe what was taught by ...read more
Contributed on Feb 16, 2013
"Groaning" and suffering are inevitable characteristics for the Christian on the Road to Glory because we are being transformed into the image of Christ.
On the Road to Glory Romans 8:18-28 OUTLINE Intro: Who suffers? SINNERS SUFFER, BUT SO DO SAINTS. I. Groaning as we Grow (vs. 19-23) 1. The Creation suffers ...read more
Contributed on Feb 24, 2013
One of the most encouraging promises by GOd is that ALL things will work out for GOOD to them that LOVE GOD: Is that promise for me?
All Things Working Together Romans 8:28 Everyone likes encouragement and today we will look at one of the most encouraging and outstanding promises of God. The context of ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2013
Part two 3 of Romans 8:28: One of the most exciting promises of God to believers is found in Romans 8:28; This message explains the Sovereign Effectual Call of God.
“To Those Who Are Called “ Romans 8:28 Nobody is nameless; Everybody has a name. Throughout the Bible, there are many different names which describe followers of the True God. In ...read more
Contributed on Mar 9, 2013
God causes all Thingsto work together for GOOD to those who love Him and are called, according to His Purpose: This is part 4 in a series on Romans 8:28.
Things Working Together According to His Purpose Romans 8:28-31, Ephesians 1,2 Some things get accomplished in a shorter time than others. We have been working on Romans 8 for a few weeks, but God has been working on ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2013
Jesus miracle of feeding the 5,000 demonstrates some of the Steps of Salvation found in Romans 8:28-31: This miracle turned away some followers, but not those He had chosen.
“Goodies, Goals, and Gimmicks” John 6 It is about time for some of us to be thinking about lunch and in our message for today, there were more than 5,000 people looking for lunch as Jesus was speaking. If your stomachs are empty this morning, we’re not offering free lunches today (we did that ...read more
Contributed on Apr 16, 2013
We are all in a process of change, "becoming something." Followers of Christ have been called to the highest of purposes: honoring the Preeminence of Christ while we are being conformed to His very image.
CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON: A Family Resemblance Romans 8:29 We all were BORN into a human family; we all had a father and a mother and, for better or for worse, we acquired certain traits and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 21, 2013
The Character and work of God's Sovereignty in Election is truly a teaching of the Extravagant Grace of a Powerful and Providential God.
4 21 13 The Character of God’s Sovereignty Romans 9: 1-13 Last week we examined the privilege that is ours in God working in such a way, conforming us into the image of our Lord ...read more
Contributed on Apr 27, 2013
Romans 9 gives an excellent and clear view of the excellence and Sovereignty of God in choosing some for salvation and honorable eternal service to His Glory.
“Hard Hearts and Providential Pots: More on God’s Sovereign Character” Romans 9: 13-29 God does not “choose” people for salvation according to race, religion, ancestry, or ability, but ...read more
Contributed on May 4, 2013
Paul teaches that God chooses those whom He will save; to those whom He does not save, Jesus becomes a stumbling stone, but to those He chooses He becomes the Rock of Salvation.
“The Sovereign Stone” Romans 9:30-33 We looked at Romans 9, which records many Old Testament references from God’s Word concerning the Sovereignty of God. We saw how the ...read more
Contributed on May 14, 2013
THE Word of Faith is the power of God by the Word of Christ, infused by the Spirit, in which HE brings dead men and women to spiritual life.
5 12 13 “Faith Speaks” Romans 10:5-10 In the world today, there is, what seems to be, a lot of competition among religions. Many say that every religion has some validity, suggesting (pluralism), but yet some HAVE TO BE wrong, or even worse, ALL have to be wrong, except for one; ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2013
The Love of Christ-followers represents the Love of the Savior.
The Core Character of the Church Romans 12:9 “Perhaps you've seen this Peanuts cartoon: Linus announces to his cranky sister, Lucy, that he's going to be a doctor. "You, a doctor?" she asks. "How can you be a doctor? You don't love mankind." Linus replies, "I do too love mankind. It's ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2013
How could Paul have come to the same conclusion as the prophet Isaiah some 700 years before about "beautiful feet"? The "feet" of the Church are to resemble the heavenly "feet" that first stepped onto mountains of Zion, and later were nailed to a cross.
“Beautiful Feet and the Gospel Goal” Romans 10:9-15 At one time or another, everyone has played the “word association game?” You know how it’s played: one person gives a word and then you spontaneously respond with another word. If we changed the game to ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2013
Israel had many excuses for not responding to God's Word; People today are not much different, but the Gospel of Grace and the Hands of God are still extended TODAY.
“Excuses and Mighty Hands” Romans 10:16-21 All of us attempt to justify our actions at one time or another with excuses. I worked in retail management for 20 years and heard ...read more
Contributed on Jun 2, 2013
God has always been reserving, saving and preserving a "remnant"; an understanding of the words used in Scripture are helpful in understanding how God works in salvation. An understanding of God's Choice helps those who are saved to see how God SAVED.
“Saved by God’s Grace Alone” Romans 11:1-6 Last week we looked at some excuses that Israel used in rejecting God’s Righteousness by faith, but we ended with the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 10, 2013
People sometimes are amused by illusions, but in the spiritual realm, illusions are deadly: when blessings from God are MIS-used and abused, they Blessing can become curses.
Blessings that Can Become Curses Romans 11:7-10 What a loving, patient and Gracious God we serve! He STILL stands today with out-stretched hands to an unsaved world, and He relies on ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2013
The word, "Christian", sometimes carries a bad connotation in our society; Would someone be "jealous" of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?
“A Healthy Jealousy” Romans 11:11-14 Last week we looked at Romans 11:9-10, which is Paul quoting from Psalm 69: ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2013
Paul uses some parabolic language to describe God's dealings with Israel while challenging Gentile believers to holiness.
Holy Dough, Roots and Branches Romans 11:16-21 Israel is often in the news today and the Church speaks and wonders about the future of Israel. ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2013
If we have been grafted into the Body of Christ through faith, how should Holy Branches live their lives?
“The Lives of Holy Branches” Romans 11:16-24 I’m sure we all know the proverb, “Experience is the best teacher.” In life, you often learn “lessons” from an experience, but everyone’s life “experience” is going to be different, so we ...read more
Contributed on Jul 14, 2013
Paul breaks into a doxology of Praise after expounding on the justification of believing sinners in Christ alone, by faith alone.
“The Incomprehensible God” Romans 11:33-36 If you would write a letter, you would start with a greeting, and ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2013
Sound and GOOD theology begins and ends with DOXOLOGY, and Paul culminates his discussion of God's Election process with a profound song of praise to the ALMIGHTY.
The Self-Sufficient God Romans 11:34-35 Last week we began with this statement: Good and sound theology, the study and knowledge of God, begins and ends with DOXOLOGY. We looked ...read more
Contributed on Jul 27, 2013
Paul's doxology of Romans 11:36 describes what should be every Christian's view of the world and life.
The Christian’s World and Life View Romans 11:36 Did you know that every person who has ever been born on this planet has a World and Life View? Some people are more active in verbalizing or articulating what that view may actually be, but we all have one. Our world view is the driving ...read more
Contributed on Aug 3, 2013
Paul's doxology to God in Romans 11 is a concise statement of His World view and of the Supreme glory that belongs to God alone.
“The Only Way to Glorify God” Romans 11:36b For two weeks we began our time around God’s word with the sentence: ...read more