Today we read Romans 8:31-39. And these verses really are, like, the best Bible verses ever! We try to understand how Iris and Nereus would have heard these words, and how we might hear them and be encouraged and changed by them.
Today we lament. We lament the brokenness of creation. Because we are wealthy, powerful westerners, we often don't know what lament really is, and we tend to avoid it at all costs. Not today. Our key verse is Romans 8:22: "We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time." This sermon won't give you the "feel goods". But in the first week of Lent, perhaps that is OK.
Today we look at Romans 8:12-17. Paul talks a lot about the "flesh" and the "Spirit". What does he mean? And then he talks about doing away with fear and living as children of God. How did Iris and Nereus understand that? And how can we understand that?
Today we zoom in on Romans 8:1: "There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." What did that mean to Iris and Nereus? What could it mean for us? What does "condemnation" really mean? And who is condemning you?
Today we look at Romans 7 - an incredibly complex and obtuse section of this complex letter. It's about the law. When we live under the law instead of under grace the law kills - at every level. Paul refers to himself as a wretched, lost man, seemingly incurable but grateful he has been rescued by Jesus.