The Book of Romans

The Example of Abraham

October 24, 2021 • Henry Lokay

"Pardoned people are the only blessed people. The sentiments of the world are, Those are happy that have a clear estate, and are out of debt to man; but the sentence of the word is, Those are happy that have their debts to God discharged. O how much therefore is it our interest to make it sure to ourselves that our sins are pardoned! For this is the foundation of all other benefits. So and so I will do for them; for I will be merciful, Heb 8:12." - Matthew Henry Scriptures - Romans 4:1-8; Genesis 15:1, 5-6; Exodus 23:7; Deuteronomy 25:1-2; 1 Kings 8:31-32; Psalm 32:1-2, 103:11-12

A Reminder - We Were Made for Relationships

October 17, 2021

"If you sow hatred, the universe echoes back! Radiate Love. The universe echoes back!" - Inge and the TritonKings Scripture - Genesis 1:27-28, 2:18, 2:21-24; Proverbs 27:17; Jeremiah 7:22-23, 24:7, 31:33; Matthew 22:37-40; Luke 6:37-38; Acts 4:18-20

The Law of Love

October 10, 2021 • Henry Lokay • Romans 3:27–31, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 5:18

"The law is still of use to convince us of what is past, and to direct us for the future; though we cannot be saved by it as a covenant, yet we own it, and submit to it, as a rule in the hand of the Mediator, subordinate to the law of grace; and so are so far from overthrowing that we establish the law.” Let those consider this who deny the obligation of the moral law on believers. - Matthew Henry

A Right Relationship With God

October 3, 2021 • Henry Lokay • Romans 3:19–26

"The way to a right relationship with God lies, not in a frenzied, desperate, doomed attempt to win acquittal by our performance; it lies in the humble, penitent acceptance of the love and the grace which God offers us in Jesus Christ." - William Barclay

Without Christ

September 26, 2021

"My memory is failing, but there are two things that I never forget - that I am a great sinner and that Jesus Christ is a great Savior." - William Jay of Bath Scripture - Romans 3:9-18; Matthew 3:10, 12:34, 12:37; Romans 5:1; Psalm 36:1-4

Privilege or Responsibility

September 19, 2021 • Henry Lokay • Romans 3:1–8, Deuteronomy 33:29

"When a man sins, the need is not for ingenuity to justify his sin, but humility to confess it in penitence and in shame." - William Barclay

So, You Call Yourself a Jew...

September 12, 2021 • Henry Lokay • Romans 2:17–29

“He is not a Christian that is one outwardly, nor is that baptism which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Christian that is one inwardly, and baptism is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter, whose praise is not of men but of God.” -Mathew Henry

Judgement With and Without the Law

September 5, 2021 • Henry Lokay • Romans 2:12–16, Romans 1:19–20, Matthew 7:23

"Who shall govern the governor? Law, the king of all mortals and immortals, as Pindar calls it, which is not written on papyrus rolls or wooden tablets but is his own reason within the soul which perpetually dwells with him and guards him and never leaves his soul bereft of leadership." - Plutarch Scriptures - Romans 2:12-16, 1:19-20; Matthew 7:23

Responsible Faith

August 29, 2021 • Henry Lokay • Romans 2:1–11

"Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more." Luke 12:48

Leaving God Out

August 22, 2021 • Romans 1:28–32

"No nation has ever survived the loss of its gods." - George Bernard Shaw

The Age of Shame

August 8, 2021 • Henry Lokay

"Rome could neither bear its ills nor the remedies that might have cured them." - Livy Scriptures - Romans 1:26-27, 24-25; Genesis 1:27-28; Isaiah 5:20-25

Given Over

August 1, 2021 • Henry Lokay • Romans 1:24–25

"Whosoever strives to keep himself pure receives the power to do so and whosoever is impure, to him is the door of vice thrown open." Scriptures - Romans 1:24-25; Ephesians 2:2, 6:13-17; 1 Peter 5:6-7; James 4:7

Keep It Simple

July 25, 2021 • Henry Lokay

"It was not the pen of Moses that initiated the knowledge of the Creator...The vast majority of mankind, though they had never heard the name Moses - to say nothing of his book - know the God of Moses none the less. Nature is the teacher. The soul is the pupil." - Tertullian Scriptures - Romans 1:19-23; Job 11:7-9; Jeremiah 1:5; Deuteronomy 4:15-19

The Wrath of God

July 18, 2021 • Henry Lokay

"One lesson, and one lesson only, history may be said to repeat with distinctness, that the world is built somehow on moral foundations, that, in the long run, it is well with the good, and, in the long run, it will be ill with the wicked." - J. A. Froude Scriptures - Romans 1:18, 12:19; Jeremiah 50:13; Isaiah 13:9; Zephaniah 3:8; Ezekiel 18:4

Take Up Your Cross...Even When You Don't Feel Like It

July 11, 2021 • Henry Lokay

Faith doesn't take a day off and neither can we. Matthew 16:24-28