If there is one letter that has done more to change the course of world history, it has to be the letter to the Romans. It was his study of this letter that was instrumental in Martin Luther’s conversion and the Reformation which followed. This letter has effected revivals around the world. What makes this letter so special and powerful is the unpacking of what the Gospel means to those who will believe.
Our series in Romans, “Gospel Truth” hopes to address some of the questions you and others have today; What about those who have never heard of Jesus? Why is there such wickedness and evil in the world? What is the difference between religion and Christianity? Where can I find real peace in a chaotic world? Why do I struggle with doing the right thing? How do I love my neighbor? If God is in control, why does the world seem so out of control? Why should I serve God?
I’m convinced that understanding the truths in the book of Romans will do more to challenge and change your understanding of God and yourself than you ever thought possible. I hope you will join us for this series. I encourage you to bring your family and invite your friends to hear and be impacted by this foundational book of the Bible.
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Most people can tell what Christians are against, but do they really know what we are for? The Gospel is Good News and it’s the only news that will give people eternal life. For all of us who have friends and family that don’t know the Lord and for all of those who are not sure of their eternal destination, this message is for you.
Chances are this past week you said something you shouldn’t have. I bet this last week that you felt guilty for something. What’s wrong with you? It’s the same thing that is wrong with me and was wrong with the Apostle Paul. It's the War Within
We wrestle today with a lot of the disagreements and questions that Jews and Gentiles had thousands of years ago, such as “How do we balance God’s grace and freedom in Christ with His commands?” or “What’s the difference between following God in a legalistic way versus following God by the Holy Spirit?” How do we respond today to these questions?
Martin Luther, as he spoke about temptation, said it well, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair”. The question is, “How do we keep them from building their nests?” Join us this Sunday as we continue our “Gospel Truth” series in Romans in, “How To Avoid Temptation.”
In Leadership magazine there was a cartoon by Mary Chambers of two women in a Bible study together. One of the women says to the other, “Well, I haven’t actually died to sin, but I did feel kind of faint once.” How do we understand when Paul says in Romans 5:20, “but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.”?
Have you sensed the darkness creeping in more and more? I am not talking about Daylight Savings time but the physical weariness and spiritual oppression that seems so tangible in our lives today? Join us this Sunday as we talk about both the helplessness we feel as well as the hope we can find in Christ as we look at Romans 5
If someone handed you $5.00 without any conditions, would you take it? Jia Jiang, an entrepreneur who was paralyzed by the fear of rejection, decided to face his fears by handing out $5.00 to total strangers. How does his experiment relate to our justification by faith?
Most of us have an occupation, but each of us also has a calling. Because of the daily tasks that demand our attention, it is easy to become preoccupied with our occupation and miss our calling. A journey with Peter through John 21 will help us discover what holds us back, and how to step out of our fears and into our calling.
Ken Sande, author of Peacemaker, recently said that Christians often think of the Gospel as two doors. The door of conversion by which we are saved, and the door of heaven, that assures us where we will go when we die. He went on to say, that many Christians live in between those two doors according to the law. The Apostle Paul uses the life of Abraham to show us what justification by faith looks like in our lives today.
It was two hugs that made the national news. What would cause the brother of a slain man and a District Court Judge to hug a condemned murderer? Join us this Sunday as we look at Romans 3 in “Getting Right With God.”
Excuses. We all make them whether it’s about the mess we left behind, why we were late for work or class, or the things we say to get out of a ticket or trouble. But do we have any good excuses when God is the One we are talking to? Join us this Sunday as we face the sobering reality of being in the courtroom with God as our judge.
We all know the importance of making a good first impression whether it’s a first date, job interview, or meeting that first day of school. But, did you ever think that making a good first impression could be a matter of life and death? This Sunday we will see just how important it is to make good, “First Impressions.”
There are many compelling reasons to be a part of a Small Group but the Bible gives some really important insight into the value of relationships and community. Hear those insights and discover for yourself why Small Groups are important.