There is a battle within each of us; the battle between knowing and doing. The principle that Paul discovers in Romans 7 applies to us all: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. What does this mean for us? Pastor John continues the series in Romans and explains just what impact this strange tension has on our lives.
Two events—Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday—form the second pivotal event in human history. The first occurred in the Garden when the fruit of a tree destroyed our relationship with God and brought death into the world. The second occurred on Golgotha when the fruit of that tree restored our relationship with God, and the empty tomb proved that we serve a living saviour.
When Mary saw the empty tomb, and then spoke with the resurrected Jesus in the graveyard, she ran to tell the Disciples. Her joy at this amazing news could not be contained, and she didn't even try!
Is our joy so difficult to contain? Do we run toward people who don't know the amazing, marvellous, miraculous, important thing that Jesus has done for them, to share this news?
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"As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, 'If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes.'" Luke's account of this touching moment in the last period in Jesus' life on earth gives us pause to consider, especially in light of the crowds that would herald Him as "He who comes in the name of the Lord."
Jesus' compassion overflows because He knew just how desperately people need to know Him - then and now. Do you? Do you understand what Jesus is really all about? Do you know the peace He brings?
This Palm Sunday message draws us back to look to Him, and to recognise our soul-deep need for Him. Join us.
Last time, we looked at how Paul explained our relation to sin and how our new relation to sin directed our relation with sin. In chapter 7, Paul describes our relation to the law of Moses. What is the purpose of the Law? If the Law is still in effect, then how did Jesus fulfil it? What is the relationship between Law and grace? How does the Law still apply to us, if it does?
Pastor John continues the series on Romans, and shows how Romans chapter 7 explains the answers to all these questions.
Sanctification is not a word we use in everyday life. In fact, unless we are having a conversation in Family Bible Hour or in some specifically Christian setting, it is not a word that ever comes up in conversations. Yet, it is a concept that is central to our Christian faith, so it is important to know what it means. For a Christian, sanctification has two dimensions. First, it describes a position. Second, it describes a process.
Pastor John explores this topic as he continues our series on Romans.
Why do people so consistently turn from good to evil of all kinds? The act of Adam that led to our universal state of sin was direct disobedience. He, and he alone, had been commanded by God not to eat of the fruit of the tree standing in the middle of the garden. He chose to disobey God. The results were catastrophic.
But, the actions of one man - Jesus - makes it possible for us to find forgiveness through grace. Pastor John continues the series on Romans with this powerful topic.
"Since we have been justified by faith." What a powerful and positive proclamation for all who believe! But what does it mean for us, and what does it mean for those who will not believe? Pastor John continues the series in Romans, and this week explores just what it means for us to have been God's enemies, and how it's possible for us to be His friends.
"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.