Two Types of Righteousness | Romans 10:5-8 | Week 58

Paul compares and contrasts two types of righteousness this week: law-righteousness versus faith-righteousness. In order to contrast them, Paul uses an Old Testament passage, originally used of the law to make the comparisons. He makes some subtle changes, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to show that faith-righteousness is near (not something far off), and attainable, because Christ has done it all. This is something that Paul’s Jewish readers should have known based upon the Old Testament, and they did not need to keep looking for something else or something more – Christ had already come down from heaven, died for their sins, and rose again from the dead to provide righteousness for all who believe.

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Sadly Ignorant | Romans 10:1-4 | Week 57

For the Jew, salvation meant being physically delivered from their enemies during a time called “Jacob’s trouble” (i.e. the seven-year tribulation period) and being delivered INTO their promised kingdom. What we learn from Paul this morning is that the Jew must possess a righteousness equal to God’s righteousness to experience salvation into their kingdom. They must obtain this righteousness from God through the gospel or they will not enter or be “saved” into their kingdom. Join us as Paul develops his argument for his beloved countrymen.

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Offered To All, Taken By Few | Romans 9:25-33 | Week 56

Since God has the right to advance His plan for Israel by whatever means necessary without violating His character of His promises, as we learned last week then why couldn’t He…(1) Use a pagan nation and pagan king (Egypt/Pharaoh) to bring Him glory through Israel solely on the basis of His grace and mercy? AND if this was O.K. then…(2) Why couldn’t God use unbelieving Israel to bring Him glory through the church which is also solely on the basis of His grace and mercy. The reason Israel was rejecting the gospel was because they were convinced they were pursuing righteousness in the right way, when all along they were pursuing in the wrong way.

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Questioning God | Romans 9:19-24 | Week 55

Last week, Paul closed out our section with the statement: “Therefore, He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.” As a result of that statement, Paul anticipates two objections which can be summarized as: “If this is true, then how could God hold anybody accountable since He is the One who makes the ultimate decision as to who gets mercy?” The answer, which is given in seven responses over the next ten verses, is that God has the right to choose “how” and “by what means” He will advance His plans as long as they do not violate His promises or His character.

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Being Thankful For God's Unfairness | Romans 9:14-18 | Week 54

This week, Paul addresses and answers the question – “Is God unjust?” The reason Paul addresses this perceived objection is that the Jew of his day was upset that God was apparently showing mercy to Gentiles. If Paul’s teaching was true, it appeared that many Jews would be judged and many Gentiles would receive mercy. Surely, according to the average Jew, that is unfair of God to do so! Let’s see why all of us can be thankful that God is NOT fair – He does not give us what we deserve!

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Sorting Out The Kids | Romans 9:7-13 | Week 53

Last week, we saw that “not all Israel is of Israel,” meaning that NOT all of the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have put their faith in God’s Messiah. This week, Paul is going to address the common misconception of the Jew of his day involving their physical lineage from Abraham. The Jew of Paul’s day incorrectly assumed that they were getting into the Kingdom through their physical relationship to Abraham. Paul is going to use the history of the Old Testament in the selection of the patriarchs to show them that the physical birth principle for salvation has NEVER been in God’s plans.

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Yes, That's True, BUT... | Romans 9:4-6 | Week 52

This morning we will look at the unique blessing and privilege of the Jewish nation. It is because of their uniqueness as a nation, that their apparent rejection by God is a “pink elephant” in the room that Paul must address. Has God rejected Israel? Has God’s promises to the nation failed? Join us as we continue to explore this tension created by the gospel of grace.

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Love For Israel | Romans 9:1-3 | Week 51

As we move into Romans chapter 9, we sense a sudden shift of tone from the apostle Paul. From the elation and heights of Romans 8, to a somber tone in the beginning of Romans 9. Paul anticipates a couple of valid questions: “If all of these things are true for the church, then what happened to Israel? Has God rejected Israel in place of the church?” Join us as we begin to study this rich section of Scripture regarding God’s plan for the nation of Israel.

Passage: Romans 9:1-3

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The Judgement Seat of Christ | Week 9 | Acceptable Service

Today, we look at the event where the believer’s good works will be evaluated as to their acceptability to the Lord.  This event is known as the Judgment Seat (or “Bema Seat”) of Christ.  Listen as Pastor Clark explains why “good works” and their acceptability will be the focus of this judgment and NOT the believer’s sins committed after they are saved in the final week of Acceptable Service.

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