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Hope In Christ, Not In This World

November 26, 2023 • Steve Marshall • Romans 12:12

This is your hope. Your faithful, loving God has powerfully rescued you by His glory through faith. He has made you Holy and has therefore declared that you and Him are at peace. You will never experience His wrath for any sin or unrighteousness. This is the grace of God that you stand and rejoice in (Romans 5:1-2; 12:12). God wants you to know that you are His beloved child and that He cares for you with His perfections forevermore. Jesus came to redeem this world including you. Jesus Christ came to gather you out of this world along with a people for His own possession to proclaim His excellencies (1 Pet. 2:9). As a child of God called out of darkness into His marvelous light you have been placed in His kingdom as you even remain on this earth that waits redemption. You are called with other children of God to be His church, the present form of the kingdom of God, while together we wait for the great event when Christ returns for His people fully establishing His kingdom on the new earth with new heavens. Jesus will return in the same way as the world saw Him go into heaven (Acts 1:11). Every eye will see Jesus when He returns (Rev. 1:7). He will return to judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:31). He will destroy all His enemies along with the devil, death and hades (Heb. 10:13; Rev. 20). We wait for the new heavens and the new earth in which righteousness dwells completely (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21)). When Jesus is least expected to come He will return. It will be a time of great persecution and crisis and yet in the midst of that He will return and set up His eternal kingdom (2 Thes. 1:5-12). In these truths we are told to rejoice in hope!

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When to Divide for the Sake of Unity and Purity in the Church

April 28, 2024 • Steve Marshall • Romans 16:17–20

Doctrine is one of the most divisive things in the church. What we believe Scripture teaches determines our understanding of God, the gospel, salvation, ourselves, others, life, and much more. Have you ever heard the saying, "There is no doctrine a fundamentalist won't fight over and no doctrine a liberal will fight for." You may not consider yourself a fundamentalist or a liberal when it comes to doctrine but if you are honest, you still lean one way or the other when it comes to doctrinal differences. Are you one that leans towards sniffing out bad doctrine and fighting over it for the sake of purity or are you one that leans towards unity at all costs and so allows any doctrine and practice into the church? In Romans 16:17-20, Paul makes it clear that there are occasions when we as a church are to divide from someone based on doctrinal error, but how?

UNreached

April 21, 2024 • Steve Marshall • Romans 15

Paul’s mission as an Apostle was to the “unreached peoples” of the world. Paul’s mission is God’s mission. God’s mission is seeking and saving His people throughout all nations through the gospel of Jesus Christ. When Jesus gave his last command through what we call the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” (Mat. 28:19-20) the word used “nations” (ethne) refers to ethnic groups which are also called "peoples." This great mission of God was Paul's mission and also must be our mission.

What is a Miracle?

April 14, 2024 • Steve Marshall • Romans 15

Our culture today uses the word “miracle” to mean just about anything that is amazing or extremely unusual. Even within the Church the word “miracle” is loosely used for everything that amazes us or not easily explained. But what really is a biblical miracle? There is no universally agreed-on biblical definition of miracle but probably the most useful one is: A miracle is a supernatural event, that cannot reasonably be explained in terms of human abilities or other known forces in the world, that is a direct act of a supernatural God and understood as a sign pointing to God as redeemer, judge, and Savior. Don’t forget, If you are a Christian, it took a miracle for God to supernaturally change your nature from dead in sin to alive in Christ. It is called the new birth (John 3:3).