The Gospel Of God
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.
The Foundation of Sanctification
The Gospel of God's of Sanctification • January 6, 2019 • Mike DuBard
Because we are justified by faith, one day you and I will stand before God complete, whole, perfect, righteous, fully experiencing the glory of God for all of eternity, and God is going to use everything in your life to accomplish that. Sin and Suffering. Good and Evil. Your failures and your successes. Nothing is going to prevent God from accomplishing his plan of sanctification for your life.
God's Righteousness Received (Part 2)
Romans 4:13-17 • December 16, 2018 • Mike DuBard
We cannot overcome sin by doing good, but only by believing in the only one who is good. We can never earn our way to God; God isn’t looking for us to make promises to him he knows we can’t keep, but to believe the promises God has made and kept for us.
God's Righteousness Received (Part 1)
Romans 4:1-12 • December 9, 2018 • Mike DuBard
The bad news is we are unrighteous, the good news is Jesus is righteous. The bad news is we are all sinners, the good news is Jesus has come to save sinners. The bad news is we deserve the consequences of our sin, but the good news is God in his mercy, has provided forgiveness of sin and as a gift of his grace promised to give us his righteousness through his son, and all that is left now is for us to receive it.
God's Righteousness Is Revealed Through Jesus (Part 2)
Romans 3:25-31 • December 2, 2018 • Mike DuBard
Our good works will never reconcile us to God, because then we would be able to take credit and we can’t. Salvation is only, entirely and exclusively the work of God and God alone in order that God alone, entirely and exclusively gets all the glory for it.
God's Righteousness Revealed (Part 1)
Romans 3:21-25 • November 18, 2018 • Mike DuBard
The gap between our sinfulness and God’s holiness is massive. The law showed people they could never bridge that gap; they could never do everything God required, and so they needed God to do for them what they could not do for themselves. God’s word shows us our sinfulness, but it also points us to the hope that we have despite it, but what is this hope?