"Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." This is what Paul writes as he begins to describe how Jews and Gentiles have a common connection as it relates to being declared righteous by God. What does this mean? Is there still a difference between Jews and Gentiles? Pastor John continues the series on Romans.
Paul is thorough in his descriptions of the ways in which people have been steeped in sin. And he is clear in outlining the deadly and eternal consequences of sin. We can do nothing on our own to wash even one speck from our lives - we need to be made righteous. But how? Pastor John delivers the simple truth of what it means for us to put our faith in Jesus Christ.
The Law was given to the Jews to make it plain who God is, what His standards are, and to give a way for people to be forgiven for not attaining those standards. But, the Law does not and cannot save. Pastor John explores the implications of this in the continuation of our series on Romans.
Why do we need the Gospel? Surely it should be enough for us to do good things and bring our best effort to being good people, or to follow a religion's rules to the strictest letter. Good people should be good enough for God...
Pastor John continues the study of Romans, and discusses what Paul says about good works and religiosity when it's separate from the Gospel.
There are five words we can all say that will encourage and empower others: "I am praying for you." The Apostle Paul reminds us that we are able to encourage others by our faith in God, and by living out that faith in our interaction with others. Pastor John continues the series on Romans to help demonstrate just what Paul has in mind.
Pastor John introduces a new series which will focus us on the book of Romans. Written to Chrsitians in Rome, Paul's letter has had lasting impact, even triggering Luther's Reformation in the Middle Ages. What truth lies in this book for us? How can we apply this letter to our lives today?
God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow; He never changes. He is the sure object of our hope - of all hope. His promises are sure and true, and He is faithful. As we move into a season of Advent - of waiting for the birth of Jesus - we are reminded by Psalm 25 just who made the promises of that baby, and why it should matter.
Anyone offer to sell you a "genuine Rolex" watch on the street? Counterfeits are everywhere, from currency to electronics, to religions. How can you know the difference between a true religion and one that's a mere counterfeit of the real thing? Pastor John shows us how we can know the truth from 1 John.
John the Apostle uses the word "love" 35 times in this short letter, and 21 times in chapter 4 alone! Love is not an abstract theme, nor is it just a warm feeling; it is a characteristic of God - He is love - and it is a command He's given to us - that we should love Him and love each other - and love is evidence of our faith. Learn more as Pastor John digs into 1 John.