Contributed on Apr 5, 2011
When we trust in Christ, God takes the righteousness of his Son and applies it to our account.
Grace And Availability Romans 4:17-25 I. Justified By Faith A. Abraham’s example of justification by faith. (v. 17) 1. As already mentioned, Abraham was not justified by circumcision or by obedience to the Law given to Moses. 2. He lived long before the law was given, and Paul has ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2011
This sermon gives an extensive treatment of Christian thought on the doctrine of election.
Series: Understanding God’s Grace Grace And God’s Choice Lesson Twenty Nine Romans 9:14-29 A. Have you ever wondered whether you chose God or he chose you? B. Further, if you chose God, does that mean you determined your salvation and God only responded to you? C. Or did God ...read more
Contributed on May 30, 2011
Israel’s unbelief didn’t stop God’s plan to show his love to the nations nor will God’s current dealing with the Gentiles leave out Jews who wish to enter the Church by faith.
Romans 11:25-36 Introduction: A. Have you ever secretly thought God’s grace was unfair? B. Have you ever wanted to say, “God I think I can do a better job of running your plan than you?” C. Would it upset you if God saved some people you know? You know, those people you are ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2011
If our bodies are indeed temples of God’s Spirit, then it matters how we treat them.
Romans 12:1-2 Introduction: A. It’s my body. I can do with it what I want. B. This is a typical argument in the abortion issue. The woman-and others who are proponents, use this argument to justify their decision. They may even propose what’s inside them is just a fetus and not a ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2011
Our responsibility is to discover our gifts, use them effectively, and work in harmony with other believers.
Romans 12:3-8 Introduction: A. There is nothing like a well oiled machine. B. Take the car engine for example. Some of us know the intricate parts of it while others just know we’re glad it starts and lets our car take us where we want to go. We tend to take it for granted. C. But a ...read more
Contributed on Jun 2, 2011
Paul deals with elements involved in building good relationships as well as elements that will destroy relationships.
Romans 12:9-21 Introduction: A. Have you noticed that building and maintaining relationships is difficult and takes effort? B. I recall one emphasis Southern Baptists had entitled Building Witnessing Relationships. 1. It emphasized building relationship with unsaved people so they would know ...read more
Contributed on Jun 3, 2011
Believers are responsible for obeying the governing authorities as long as doing so doesn’t conflict with obedience to God.
Romans 13:1-10 Introduction: A. Have there ever been laws you didn’t agree with and were therefore tempted to disobey? B. Have you ever disagreed with decisions our government made? C. I think mainly of the political upheaval of the sixties and seventies in our country. D. An enormous ...read more
Contributed on Jun 6, 2011
The believer should stay as far away as possible from anything that would damage their testimony and the name of our Lord.
Romans 13:11-14 Introduction: A. Have you ever been late for something important? 1. The Home Alone movies were some of my favorites. I think they accurately portray what a young boy would do if his parents left him home alone-whether on purpose or accidentally. 2. In the first two movies, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 11, 2011
While we should stand uncompromisingly against things strictly forbidden by Scripture, we should not create additional rules formed from our opinions and give them the same standing as God’s law.
Romans 14:1-11 Introduction: A. There have been many instances in church history where Christians have differed in their interpretation of certain Scripture passages or about doctrines. B. Our day of worship is an example. I grew up being taught not to work on Sunday. For the most part, all ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2011
Immature and legalistic believers can be very nitpicky, so how far does God expect us to bend when we encounter these situations?
Romans 14:11-23 Introduction: A. Where do we draw the line in being sensitive to other’s interpretations of the Bible or to their traditions when they conflict with our own? How do we handle those things the Bible is silent on? B. Do we have to change our lifestyle or beliefs on some ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2011
Our behavior matters, and it should always reflect the unity and hope we have in Christ.
Romans 15:1-13 Introduction: A. What affect do you think your behavior has on those you encounter: a lot, none or a little? B. We can break this down farther. Does the affect of the behavior change if the person knows you? C. We can even take it a step farther. Does the affect of the behavior ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2011
We must be open to God’s guidance as we make our personal plans.
Romans 15:14-33 Introduction: A. In considering God’s grace, we have also considered free will and God’s sovereignty. B. With that in mind, what part does my personal plan play in the story? C. Should I even make plans or should I simply go with the flow? D. Or should my plans be ...read more
Contributed on Jun 27, 2011
All individuals are destined to undergo a final evaluation by God.
Romans 16:1-27 Introduction: A. History has recorded many ideas about the final evaluation and final state of humans beyond death. B. I had a recent discussion with a cousin concerning ghosts. 1. We were discussing various events that would appear to conclude that ghosts exist. 2. I have my ...read more