Posts in Book of Romans
Meeting the Family - Part 1 | Romans 16:1-5a | Week 90

In our day and age, many people are interested in their ancestry as shown by their willingness to pay money to find out who they are related to and where they come from. In the final chapter of Romans, we are given a “spiritual” ancestry of sorts, as Paul mentions over 35 names in this chapter. But, before we just dismiss this section as a “list,” let’s take the time to meet OUR “spiritual” family members. This was not just a “list” to the Apostle Paul – it was his family and OURS.

 Preached: 6/9/2019

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Paul's Itinerary - Part 2 | Romans 15:28-33 | Week 89

This morning we continue to look at Paul’s future itinerary as described to the Roman believers. As the saying goes though, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Although we gain insight into Paul’s heart with his planned itinerary, we are also reminded in Proverbs 16:9 that “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” It is interesting to note how God DID and DID NOT answer in the affirmative Paul’s specific prayers requests. Preached: 6/2/2019

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Paul's Unique Ministry - Part 2 | Romans 15:18-21 | Week 87

In the section we continue today, Paul continues with a “personal” tone as he further describes his own unique ministry. This ministry and message (i.e., the gospel) were given to him via direct revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ, and God validated and verified his ministry in both word and deed to the Gentiles he was called to. Paul also revealed his “strategy” for ministry…laying his own foundation (i.e., Jesus Christ) and building thereon. Preached: 5/19/2019

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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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