Paul began his letter to the church in Rome, highlighting two basic principles. First, Mankind has a serious sin problem. Second, God has a plan to deal with it. The opening four chapters of the book bounce between these two principles. Our situation is that we were hopelessly locked up in sin and under the sentence of God’s righteous wrath because of it. But now, God has done a work of atonement in Jesus Christ by which we have been washed clean of our transgressions and invited back into a right relationship with the Almighty. This is accomplished in Christ Jesus, so we can’t boast about our own abilities or self-righteousness. Instead, we live under the blessing of being justified in Christ Jesus; and this not of our own ability but through faith in Jesus. As we move into Chapter 5, the Apostle turns his attention to what comes after we are justified by faith. What difference (if any) is this to make in our lives? This will be the focus of Paul’s writing for the next three chapters. Join us this Sunday, as we explore Romans 5.
Romans - Hope of Future Glory
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Pastor Chris Pappenfus • Romans 5
Romans 3 & 4
June 19, 2022 • Pastor Chris Pappenfus • Romans 3, Romans 4
The Apostle Paul penned a significant and succinct letter of Christian theology to the Roman Church, a letter that continues to hold significance for believers to this day. In writing this letter, Paul intended to clarify the Gospel of Jesus, unify an ethnically diverse church, and prove God’s righteousness. These goals are not exclusive to one another. Rather, they are all brought together under the banner of Christ Jesus. Last Sunday, we explored Paul’s insistence that humanity is not divided into categories of righteous and condemned, but that we are all under the power of sin. To an ethnically divided congregation composed of Jewish and Gentile believers it would be easy for those who insist on following the Law of Moses and adhering to the sign of circumcision to consider themselves more righteous than those who do not practice these things. Paul invites the believers in Rome to first recognize that all humanity (both Jews and Gentiles), are under the power of sin. Having the law does not free people from sin, but rather points out what sin is. The opening chapters of Romans can be summarized by emphasizing three key verses; Romans 2:13, 3:9 and 3:20. This Sunday, we will turn our attention to Romans 3:21 - 4:25. In these passages the Apostle Paul introduces why faith is essential for our salvation. Specifically, faith in the crucified and risen Messiah - Jesus. We will explore Paul’s understanding of righteousness, justification, atonement and faith; four “churchy” words that while used with great frequency may not be fully understood. In preparation for this Sunday, read Romans chapters 3 & 4. This Sunday is also Father’s Day. We appreciate all of the dads who have sought to emulate the qualities of our Heavenly Father. Parenting is hard work, and none of us are perfect in this task, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pause and give thanks for the fathers in our lives. This Sunday we will turn our attention to Romans 3:21-4:25. In these passages the Apostle Paul introduces why faith is essential for our salvation. Specifically, faith in the crucified and risen Messiah - Jesus. We will explore Paul’s understanding of righteousness, justification, atonement and faith; four “churchy” words that while used with great frequency may not be fully understood. In preparation for this Sunday read Romans chapters 3 & 4. Also, this Sunday is Father’s Day. We appreciate all of the dads who have sought to emulate the qualities of our Heavenly Father. Parenting is hard work, and none of us are perfect in this task, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pause and give thanks for the fathers in our lives.
Romans 1 & 2
June 12, 2022 • Pastor Chris Pappenfus • Romans 1, Romans 2
The Epistle of Romans is largely regarded as the most essential book of Christian Theology in the New Testament. While all Scripture is useful for teaching, correcting, and rebuking; the book of Romans systematically explains God’s work of salvation in Christ Jesus like no other single book of the Bible. Paul’s intention in writing the letter is threefold: 1) Clarify the Gospel of Jesus. 2) Unify an ethnically diverse church. and 3) Prove God’s righteousness. Paul pointedly writes, For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17) The Gospel is good news. In fact, it is the best news for those who realize their sinful condition and the absolute depravity of the human soul. For the self-righteous (those who feel they are good enough) or the God-haters, the gospel of Jesus isn’t good news at all. In fact, it means nothing. But for the followers of Jesus, the power and righteousness of God are revealed in Jesus Christ. The gift of salvation through faith in Jesus is the most significant intervention of God in all of human history. But do you even recognize how badly you need it? In preparation for this Sunday, read Romans chapters 1-2.
Introduction to Romans
June 5, 2022 • Pastor Dan May • Romans 1:14–17
We gather together this Sunday for what is known as Pentecost Sunday -- a day that reminds us of the fulfillment of Jesus' promise that God would send the Holy Spirit. As the Apostle Paul was preparing to go to Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost, he penned a letter to the Christian Church in Rome. In this letter, he is passionate about clarifying the Gospel, Unifying the Church, and proving God's Righteousness. John Calvin, a French theologian, said that "If you have an understanding of this letter to the Romans then you have a light and a window into all of the scriptures." We are excited to begin this summer journey with you through the book of Romans!