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".....
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.