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When in Romans: Peace with God

When in Romans: Peace with God

November 11, 2019

Today we look at this magnificent, central passage of the New Testament (if not the Bible), Romans 5:1-11. Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God. God rescues us from weakness, sin and enmity. 

When in Romans: Righteousness by Faith

When in Romans: Righteousness by Faith

November 7, 2019

Today we read Romans 4. Abraham's faith was "counted to him as righteousness". What does it mean that it was counted to him? And what gets counted to our accounts today? How does that work?

When in Romans: Justice through Faith

When in Romans: Justice through Faith

November 1, 2019

Today we read Romans 3:21-31, and think about the righteousness/justice of God that has appeared in Jesus, come to destroy evil and set all things right. Romans 3:21 contains one of the biggest "but now" reversals in the Bible: mankind has sinned, injustice is rampant, nothing we can do will change that...."but now"..... 

When in Romans: Where Do You Belong?

When in Romans: Where Do You Belong?

October 25, 2019

Today we look at Romans 1:18 through 3:20. In this section Paul is stereotyping both Gentiles and Jews, goading them into judging one another. Then he spears both groups through the conscience by saying that, in reality, all have sinned equally and no law-keeping of any kind can bring salvation. The fundamental issue is one of homelessness or belonging: do I belong to my tribe, or group, or family, or nation, or do I belong to God?

When in Romans: Uh. Oh. God’s Wrath

When in Romans: Uh. Oh. God’s Wrath

October 13, 2019

Today we look at Romans 1:18: God's wrath. "For God's wrath is being revealed..." Many people have lived in fear of God over the years and centuries because of passages like this and the way they are taught. Is that necessary? How did Iris and Nereus understand these words when Phoebe read them to him?

When in Romans: The Twist

When in Romans: The Twist

October 7, 2019

Today we read Romans 1:18-32. A very important passage for understanding Romans, the first part of a section that covers the first 5 chapters and concludes with Paul's great words in 5:18-21.

When in Romans: Rescue

When in Romans: Rescue

October 2, 2019

With this sermon, we go back to the first chapter of the letter to the Romans. This is also part of the introduction: how Paul uses some technical terms, declares the gospel and calls his listeners (and readers) to live by faith or allegiance to the only true King.

When in Romans: God’s Family

When in Romans: God’s Family

September 26, 2019

Today we continue with our look at the context of the letter to the Romans. Chapter 16 names many people involved with the house churches in Rome. Today we are introduced to two fictional members of those churches, the Mauretanian slave Iris and Jewish exile Nereus.

When in Romans: Introduction

When in Romans: Introduction

September 15, 2019

Today we start a new series on Paul's letter to the Romans. It is entitled: "When in Romans: Rescue all the way out and all the way down". Today we will introduce the series by looking at what we mean by this title and tagline. Click here for background info on books and resources used.

How Love is Made Perfect Among Us

How Love is Made Perfect Among Us

September 9, 2019

Today we have Rev. Dr. Kyuboem Lee as guest speaker. He will speak from 1 John 4:15-21, entitled: How Love Is Made Perfect Among Us.