Contributed on Apr 12, 2008
In Romans 5:12-21 the apostle Paul contrasts the work of Adam with the work of Christ. This sermon examines the contrast between two men, two acts, and two results.
Scripture Years ago my daughter’s third grade teacher started worshiping at our church. Before she started teaching, however, she used to work as a representative for Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)—a ministry that reaches children with the good news of God. Lauren’s teacher ...read more
Contributed on Mar 8, 2007
In this sermon we notice eight reasons why we should not be ashamed of the gospel.
Scripture Today we come to Romans 1:16-17, which is the theme of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Let’s read Romans 1:16-17: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2007
In this sermon, we see the outworking of the gospel in the life of just one man, Martin Luther.
Scripture In 1920 an English preacher named Frank W. Boreham published a book of sermons on great Bible texts. In each case, he linked a Bible text to the history of a great Christian man or woman. He called his book Texts That Made History. An example of a text that made history is David ...read more
Contributed on Mar 20, 2007
In the brief scope of just one verse, Romans 1:18, Paul presents several features that characterize the wrath of God.
Scripture Today, we continue our study of Paul’s letter to the Romans at Romans 1:18. Romans 1:1-17 is essentially an introduction to Paul’s letter to the Romans, whereas Romans 1:18 begins the “body” of the letter. Several years ago I listened to an interview on the radio. I believe the man ...read more
Contributed on Mar 27, 2007
In Romans 1:19-23, Paul gives three reasons why every person born--with the exception of Jesus Christ--fully deserves the wrath of God.
Scripture Let us continue our study in Romans 1:18-23 about the wrath of God. Last week in Romans 1:18 we noted several features about the wrath of God. Today, in Romans 1:19-23, we are going to see several reasons for the wrath of God. Let’s read Romans 1:18-23, noting that our text for today ...read more
Contributed on Apr 13, 2007
This sermon answers some of the excuses that we make in our failure to acknowledge, seek and worship the true and living God.
Scripture Recently, I read the following announcement that presumably appeared in a church bulletin: To make it possible for everyone to attend church next Sunday, we are going to have a special “No Excuse Sunday.” Beds will be placed in the foyer for those who say, “Sunday is my only day to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 20, 2007
This sermon shows God’s divine justice, which is delivered upon unrepentant sinners.
Scripture Let’s read Romans 1:24-32: 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who ...read more
Contributed on Apr 28, 2007
This sermon shows how no-one, not even the moralist, has any excuse before God.
Scripture Let’s read Romans 2:1: "You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things" (Romans 2:1). Introduction In Romans 1:24-32 Paul describes ...read more
Contributed on May 4, 2007
Today I want to study three attributes of God mentioned in Romans 2:4, namely, God’s kindness, tolerance and patience.
Scripture Let’s read Romans 2:2-4: 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his ...read more
Contributed on May 11, 2007
This sermon examines several aspects of the wrath of God.
Scripture Let’s read Romans 2:5: "But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed." (Romans 2:5) Introduction In Romans 2:5 we come for a second time to the ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2007
Romans 2:6-11 speaks of two different paths that we travel through life. This sermon examines these two different paths in order to show which path leads to eternal life.
Scripture A pastor of a small church once received the following letter signed by “A Faithful Member”: Dear Pastor: You often stress attendance at worship as being very important for a Christian, but I think a person has a right to miss Sunday worship now and then. I think every person ...read more
Contributed on Jan 5, 2007
This sermon, which is the first in a series on "Romans: The Good News of God," introduces the greatest letter ever written, Paul’s letter to the Romans.
Scripture He was pacing back and forth, thoughtful and expectant. Physically, he was not an impressive man (see for example 2 Corinthians 10:10; Galatians 4:14). He had scars and blemishes all over his body from his various beatings and stonings. His body was weathered and leathered by many ...read more
Contributed on May 26, 2007
This sermon examines the principles of God’s judgment.
Scripture Let’s read Romans 2:12-15: 12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared ...read more
Contributed on Jun 16, 2007
In this sermon Paul tells us that God will uncover all our secrets on the Day of Judgment.
Scripture Let’s read Romans 2:12-16 and focus especially on Romans 2:16, our text for today: "12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2007
The danger that confronts religious people is that they rely on their performance to gain right standing with God.
Scripture Several years ago I was pulled over by a police officer for running a red light. “Why did you do it?” he asked. “Well, Officer,” I explained. “I am a pastor. One of the members of our church is about to have open heart surgery at Harrisburg General Hospital. I got off to a late ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2007
This sermon shows that no-one is saved by the sacraments.
Scripture Several times a year I receive a phone call from a person in our community with no connection to our church who asks the following question: “Pastor, will you baptize my baby?” I briefly explain to the person what baptism is, and that it is a sacrament for church members and their ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2007
Do religious people have an advantage over non-religious people? Are relgious people more likely than non-religious people to get to heaven? This sermon answers these questions.
Scripture Let’s read Romans 3:1: "What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?" (Romans 3:1) Introduction Every profession has its favorite stories, and the legal profession is no exception. A beginner attorney was defending a man accused of ...read more
Contributed on Jul 27, 2007
This sermon examines what it means to be entrusted with the very words of God, not from the perspective of its possession but from the perspective of its proclamation.
Scripture When you think of a church’s priority, what comes to mind? We live in a day in which there is a lot of confusion over this question. Many churches are a reflection of our society which has become satiated with entertainment. Neil Postman, in his profound book titled, Amusing ...read more
Contributed on Aug 4, 2007
This sermon explores how to choose a Bible version. It presents an argument for choosing an essentially literal translation of the Bible.
Scripture The past few Sundays we have been looking at Romans 3:1-2. I would like to do so again today. The Apostle Paul asked, “What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?” (3:1). How responded by saying, “Much in every way!” (3:2a). And then he ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2007
In this passage the Apostle Paul asks and answers two questions, one dealing with God’s faithfulness, and the second dealing with our sin.
Scripture Today we resume our study in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans. My series is titled, Romans: The Good News of God.” The Apostle Paul wrote this letter, the greatest letter ever written, to explain to the Christians in Rome, and to all Christians, how God brings us into a ...read more
Contributed on Sep 22, 2007
In Romans 3:21-25a, Paul gives us seven elements of the righteousness that God divinely imputes to those who trust in his Son. This sermon looks at the first element.
Scripture In his commentary on Romans, John MacArthur notes that centuries ago Job asked the most important question it is possible to ask: “But how can a man be in the right before God?” (Job 9:2b). That is, “How can anyone be right in the presence of God?” Job then said of God in Job ...read more
Contributed on Sep 28, 2007
In Romans 3:21-25a, Paul gives us seven elements of the righteousness that God divinely imputes to those who trust in his Son. This sermon looks at the second and third elements.
Scripture In his commentary on Romans, John MacArthur notes that centuries ago Job asked the most important question ever asked: “But how can a man be in the right before God?” (Job 9:2b). Throughout the Bible—and history—many have asked the question: “How can anyone be right in the presence ...read more
Contributed on Jan 19, 2007
As we examine the credentials of Paul for ministry, we notice that in order to be credentialed for ministry we need to have the right master, a specific office, and a clear purpose.
Scripture Shortly after I graduated from High School I went in to the South African Air Force. After basic training I was sent to Pietersburg Air Force Base, which is in northern South Africa, not too far from the border of Zimbabwe. One night I found myself alone in the middle of the veld, ...read more
Contributed on Oct 5, 2007
In Romans 3:21-25a, Paul gives us seven elements of the righteousness that God divinely imputes to those who trust in his Son. This sermon looks at the last four elements.
Scripture A Sunday school teacher was testing the children in her kindergarten class to see if they understood the concept of getting in to heaven. She asked them, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into ...read more
Contributed on Nov 17, 2007
This sermon examines justification and explains how God can be just and the justifier at the same time.
Scripture Today, we resume our study in “Romans: The Good News of God.” The Apostle Paul wrote this magnificent letter to the Roman Church. He did not plant this church, and he had not yet visited the church, though he knew people in this church. He wrote this letter because he wanted to ...read more
Contributed on Nov 21, 2007
This sermon looks at the definition of justification.
Scripture Last week we resumed our study in “Romans: The Good News of God.” However, I did not finish my sermon, and so I plan to finish it today. The issue that the Apostle Paul is dealing with in his letter to the Roman Church is how God saves sinners. The most important question that ...read more
Contributed on Nov 29, 2007
In this sermon we consider some unreliable evidences of saving faith.
Scripture When I was a seminary student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School I had a class with D. A. Carson, Professor of New Testament. Dr. Carson was teaching us that God saves sinners by his grace, and that there is nothing that we can do to earn salvation. One student challenged Dr. ...read more
Contributed on Dec 7, 2007
In this sermon we examine some reliable evidences of saving faith.
Scripture In our study of Romans we have observed that Paul has emphatically insisted that we come into a right relationship with God only by his grace and not through our own effort. We deserve God’s wrath. We deserve God’s condemnation. We deserve God’s sentence of hell. But, God ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2007
In today’s lesson we shall learn that there is only one way of salvation for all people.
Scripture During an exclusive golf outing for top business and entertainment executives on October 9, 2006 Tiger Woods was put on the spot by an evangelical guest of Nike. That day, 30 people gathered at the Trump golf course in Los Angeles for the 2006 “Tee It Up with Tiger Woods” event, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 21, 2007
In this sermon we learn that faith does not overthrow the law but, rather, upholds the law.
Scripture Let’s read Romans 3:27-31, to get the context of Paul’s comments, bearing in mind that today’s text is Romans 3:31: "27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by ...read more