The Gospel Of God
The Matter of Salvation Part 2
The Sovereignty Of God • June 2, 2019 • Mike DuBard
In our bible-belt Christian culture it’s very easy for us to take this matter of salvation for granted. Often times salvation is simply assumed whether it’s because one grew up in the church, said a prayer when they were little or because people can point to some past personal experience, but our hope should never be placed in a past experience, even though they are important. Salvation should always be examined through the lens of present faith.
The Matter Of Salvation
The Gospel Of God's Sovereignty • May 26, 2019 • Mike DuBard
The world today sees the progression of its own virtue and believes that one does not need faith outside of oneself. Rather by believing in one’s own righteous actions, being far greater than those in the past, and because of their sincerity, they will ultimately be provided whatever salvation may be necessary. But is that true? What is the standard God is looking for? Is it just being better? Is it just being sincere?
Romans 9:6-13 • May 5, 2019 • Mike DuBard
Faith in God’s sovereignty is what is going to provide us hope when things seem hopeless, security when we are fearful, encouragement when we are discouraged. Faith in the Sovereignty of God really is the hinge pin of the Christian faith. Because if we don’t have faith in God’s sovereignty, we will place our faith in ourselves, which can only lead one of two directions, to pride because of what we feel we have accomplished or despair because of what we know we can’t.
The Tension Within God's Sovereignty
Romans 9:1-5 • April 28, 2019 • Mike DuBard
If we are ever going to really understand God’s sovereignty properly, and truly be able to believe this doctrine in such a way that we don't become prideful but humble, we have to ask God to break our hearts for the lost.
Living By The Spirit (Part 3)
Romans 8:18-30 • March 10, 2019 • Mike DuBard
Often so many of us have tunnel vision when it comes to present suffering. We only see what’s happening today. We think if God loves us, we should be spared from suffering, or at least it should be kept to a minimum, but suffering should not cause us to despair, it should compel us to have hope because of what we know God is accomplishing through our suffering, and that he has not left us alone in the midst of our suffering.
Living By The Spirit (Part 2)
Romans 8:12-17 • March 3, 2019 • Mike DuBard
Because we are no longer in bondage to the power of sin, we no longer need to fear God’s judgment, the Holy Spirit comes and removes that fear and in its place gives us a sense of peace and security. How does he do that? By reminding us that we are not slaves owned by sin, we are adopted as sons and daughters who belong to God. The Spirit does not make people slaves, but sons.
Living By The Spirit (Part 1)
Romans 8:1-11 • February 24, 2019 • Mike DuBard
We often believe the Spirit has provided for our past sin, but then think if we are going to see sin defeated today it’s up to us. That results in us simply trying to manage sin, and we wonder why we it never seems to be defeated. We try to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, we try to stop doing what we know we shouldn’t and try to start doing what we know we should, and we wonder why we keep failing at both – the answer is because you can’t do either on your own.
The Tension In Sanctification
Romans 7 • February 17, 2019 • Mike DuBard
We need to acknowledge and wrestle with the tension that exists between who God says we are now in Christ and our constant failures to live in light of that truth. We need to understand the struggle between God saying we are dead to sin, and yet we seem to be fighting sin every day of our lives. We need to address the tension between knowing we can’t perfectly obey God’s word and yet we are commanded to let it guide our lives.
Sanctification Will Happen
Romans 6:12-23 • February 10, 2019 • Mike DuBard
Sanctification is not a passive transformation on our part, it is an active transformation of choosing to say “yes” and “no” to some things and so in the words of J.I. Packer, “let us not “let go and let God,” but rather “let us trust God and get going.”
Sanctification Made Possible (Part 2)
Romans 6:1-11 • February 3, 2019 • Mike DuBard
If we believe what Paul has already told us that we have peace with God, that we are standing in the grace of God, that sanctification is rooted in God’s love and secured because of the work of Christ, then we should also believe God’s word when he tells us the power of sin has been defeated in our lives as a result.
Sanctification Made Possible (Part 1)
Romans 5:12-21 • January 20, 2019 • Mike DuBard
If you try to bridge the gap between you and God, sanctification is always going to seem impossible, but when we stop trying to bridge the gap and remind ourselves of the truth that Jesus already has, it not only becomes possible in our minds and hearts, it becomes what was promised.