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Pastor Dan May • Romans 14:1—15:13

​Over the last couple of months, we have shared the reading and challenges of the letter of Romans.  As we come together for the final message from this text, let's remember the mercy of God and our response to it.  Our redeemer God is amazing and His love never fails. In preparation for this Sunday’s message, read Romans 14.

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Living in the light

August 7, 2022 • Pastor Chris Pappenfus • Romans 13

This last Sunday, Becca Gamboa led us through the ABCs of our Spiritual Transformation as outlined in Romans, Chapter 12. Transformation is Amazing as it Begins within, Continues Cooperatively, Demands our Devotion, and is subject to ongoing Examination. From here, the author of Romans (the Apostle Paul) wants the Jesus-followers in Rome to recognize that this transformation will have an effect on the way they live their lives. As difficult as it may be for us to imagine, there was no such thing as a casual/cultural Christian in Paul’s time. To be a Jesus-follower in the first century was counter-cultural, both within the broader Greco/Roman culture and the Jewish communities throughout the Mediterranean. Where all people of the Roman empire were expected to declare, “Caesar is lord,” Christians confessed, “Jesus is LORD.” While prevailing cultural norms favored a pantheon of religious rituals, Christians preached exclusive salvation in Christ Jesus alone, drawing opposition from both Jews and Gentiles alike. In the face of such a reality, no one would blame Christians for wanting to either blend into their surroundings or withdraw and try to “live off the grid.” Instead, Paul instructs them to put on the armor of light (Romans 13:12) and cloth themselves with Christ (Romans 13:14). In Chapters 12-15, Paul admonishes the believers in Rome to truly live transformed lives and provides them with specific examples of how to do this in their everyday lives. In preparation for this Sunday, reread Romans 12 and continue through Romans 13.


July 31, 2022 • Becca Gardner • Romans 12

This Sunday, we will be spending time in one of the most beloved chapters in the letter to the Romans. A chapter that talks about transformation, the duty of Christians, and how living a life for Christ should look so different from the culture in which they live. Paul urged the Christians in Rome to stop copying what they saw others doing around them. Today, this continues to be relatable, as we tend to play the dangerous game of comparing ourselves to others, thinking that we must be okay if we are doing "better than so and so." Let us come ready for a fresh perspective on the words that the Apostle Paul penned in Romans 12 (or rather, his scribe, Tertius). Be prepared to feel challenged, as we recognize the continued call to not be like this world, but to love those in it well. In preparation for this Sunday’s message, read Romans 12.

Paul's Letter to the Church in Rome: Sufficiency of Christ in Defense of the Gospel

July 24, 2022 • Pastor Chris Pappenfus • Romans 10:16—11:36

This past Sunday morning I woke up early and was spending time in prayer and preparation as the sun rose and began to cut through the light fog drifting through my yard. Tracks of sunlight happened to illuminate one of the apple trees in my yard, bathing it in light as if a spotlight was directed upon it alone. I reflected on the life of that apple tree and how long before I ever moved in, someone had carefully grafted a branch onto the root of a hardy apple variant that could withstand our harsh Minnesota winters. This root became the source of nourishment and life for the branch as it grew, producing branches and fruit of a variety different from the natural fruit of the root. Horticulture provides a fascinating parallel to life in Christ Jesus. In Romans, Chapters 9-11, the Apostle Paul writes about the condition of God’s chosen people (Israel) in regards to Jesus the Messiah. Just as today, there were many Jews 2,000 years ago who did not believe Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah. This disagreement among Jews was so heated that it was the reason all Jews were kicked out of the capital city of Rome prior to Paul’s letter. For Jewish Christ-followers, this estrangement must have been a source of tremendous personal and familial grief. Perhaps you have experienced in your own life a child or a spouse who has turned away from the Christian faith and wants nothing to do with Jesus. You know what that pain feels like. At the same time, Jewish Christ-followers were finding that the Holy Spirit was bringing an increasing number of Gentiles eager to put their trust in Jesus. Truly, it appeared that God was doing something new and with it came hardship as well as joy. The Apostle Paul saw what was happening and found a perfect metaphor in the beautiful groves of olive trees that surrounded Rome. Paul recognized that the Master Gardener was hard at work. In preparation for this Sunday’s message,read Romans 10:16-11:36.