Paul's Unique Ministry - Part 1 | Romans 15:14-17 | Week 86

In the section we will start today, Paul returns to a more “personal” tone as he begins to describe his own unique ministry. This ministry and message (i.e., the gospel) were given to him via direct revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ. This ministry, or sacred service, was as the apostle to the Gentiles…such a seemingly ODD fit for a former Pharisee! God does incredible things via His grace!

Preached: 5-12-2019

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Reliable Validation | Romans 15:7-13 | Week 85

Today, we conclude Paul’s great exposition of the righteousness of God in the epistle to the Romans. As he wraps up his teaching on the practical extension of grace to other believers in non-essentials, Paul provides us with a historical overview of why Jesus Christ can receive all believers to Himself regardless of their stance on non-essentials. It is because of His purpose as a servant to the Jews in fulfilling their Old Testament Scriptures, and as the source for mercy to all Gentiles.

Preached: 5-5-2019

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Whom to Please? | Romans 15:1-6 | Week 84

In today’s passage, we will see a repeated word that summarizes the whole section – that word is the word “please.” The word is essential to understand as we continue looking at the proper exercise and restriction of Christian liberties regarding non-essentials within the body of Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ needs to understand these precious truths of practical application to protect against factions, divisions, and schisms in the Body, which ALWAYS impede the main mission of the Church. Whom will you please? Will you adapt or adjust your liberties for the benefit of other believers? Or, is the exercise of liberty more important to you than the spiritual welfare of your fellow believer?

Preached: 4-28-2019

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Love Over Liberty - Part 2 | Romans 14:19-23 | Week 83

 

In our passage this morning, Paul is going to continue to instruct us on how to acceptably practice our liberties in Christ. The theme that arises in the last half of chapter 14 is simply put – “Love trumps liberty.” Love for others and their own spiritual walk with the Lord is always more valuable than the unhindered exercise of our own liberties.

Preached: 4-14-2019

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Love Over Liberty Part 1 | Romans 14:14-18 | Week 82

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In our passage this morning, Paul is going to take his teaching on non-essentials to an even more practical level. He is going to instruct us on how to acceptably practice our liberties in Christ. The theme that arises in the last half of chapter 14 is simply put – “Love trumps liberty.” Love for others and their own spiritual walk with the Lord is always more valuable than the unhindered exercise of our own liberties. Preached: 4-7-2019

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Judging! Who Gets to Do It and When | Romans 14:10-13 | Week 81

In today’s culture, one of the greatest “sins” anyone could ever commit is judging someone else. Although God considers all sin equally offensive, in the areas of non-essentials, judgment of other believers is considered wrong. So, who gets the right to judge or evaluate believers in these areas, and when will this happen? We learn from today’s passage that the Lord Jesus will do so Himself at the Bema Seat Judgment, where He alone can evaluate NOT only actions, but also heart motives, thinking, and SOURCE.

Preached: 3-31-2019

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Thinking Through Non-Essentials | Romans 14:4-9 | Week 80

This week we continue looking at the area of non-essentials and Christian liberty. We will see that what is going on in our thinking, as believers, is much more important than what side of the ISSUE we come down on. A repeated phrase is used six times in verses 6-8 to provide us with a key to our thinking and how we should approach these areas…“to the Lord.” Are our decisions on non-essentials/liberties made with the Lord in mind?

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Response to Non-Essentials | Romans 14:1-3 | Week 79

Today, we begin a very important and practical chapter in the Book of Romans – important and practical for daily church life. This chapter involves the area of response to non-essentials (i.e., things not clearly spelled out in the Scriptures) and how we respond to other believers who disagree with us in these areas. What we will see today, and throughout the chapter, is that the ISSUE is never really the ISSUE, but our attitude or response towards others regarding the ISSUE is really the ISSUE.

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Dressing Appropriately | Romans 13:12-14 | Week 78

Paul uses a metaphor in this morning’s passage that we are all familiar with…clothing. On a day to day basis, depending upon our activity, we change our clothing by taking something off and putting something else on. For the believer in Jesus Christ, there is only ONE acceptable outfit! That outfit is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and the believer is to rely upon God’s resources for their daily lives as reflected in the life of Jesus Christ, which the Spirit of God wants to produce in and through us.

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