A Letter to the Romans

Christian Motive with Call to Worship from Pastor Stu

September 25, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 15:16–23

Christian Motive

September 25, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 15:16–23

Christianity is a missional faith; it contains the motive for sharing it. Paul guides as the greatest missionary in the history of the Christian church. As Christians, we need to learn from Paul’s ministry of evangelism and his success in spreading the gospel.

Unity and Mission

September 18, 2022 • Paul Wiggs • Romans 15, Romans 16

Two of the great themes of Romans are unity within the church and the gospel mission to the world. These themes are great passions of Paul throughout all his writings. “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, not to please ourselves.”

Don't Cause Stumbling

September 11, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 13:14

When the strong are insensitive to the weak, looking down on them can lead the weak to sin. As Christians, we should, at the least, possess an attitude of support in protecting the liberty of conscious for those in the Christian family.

Grateful and Joyous Love

September 4, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 14:1–13

We are simultaneously sinful yet righteous and perfect in God’s sight. Paul now applies all he’s been teaching to a specific case and says: “let me show you how all this applies to problems and disputes you are facing.”

Living in Light of Authority

August 28, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 13:8–14

After Paul guides on how we should obey the state, he then outlines the state’s responsibility to its citizens, its purpose, and its functions. As Christians, we should understand the proper relationship with the state.

Citizens of the State

August 21, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 13:1–7

After learning about our relationship with each other as individual Christians, Paul turns to a wider question about how we should view ourselves in light of the state in which we live. He instructs us on and how to think of ourselves as citizens within a state. We are to have a view of God’s mercies toward governing authorities.

A Godly Heart

August 7, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 12:9–11

In view of God’s mercy, Paul moves forward to show how the Christian life is transformed by a renewed mind and body offered as a living sacrifice. We are given instructions about our relationship within the church and with those outside the church.

God and his Church

July 31, 2022 • Bruce Nickoley • Romans 12:1–8

Paul gives an overview of Christian living that should arise from knowledge of the truth of the gospel explained in the Book of Romans. Our minds are renewed by God’s mercy, and we are obedient to His directions as living sacrifices by using His gifts he gave to us.

Grafted Branches

July 24, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 11:16–36

We Gentiles are the “wild olive branch” as a growing and dynamic branch that is able to draw and produce life. This happens only because we are grafted into the tree of life – Christ Jesus – from which we draw nourishment. Jews are able to be grafted to God as well if they discontinue their unbelief.

Seeking but not Rejecting

July 17, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 11:1–16

God chooses those he will save through faith in Christ, and we are responsible to him in believing His gospel. God has not rejected Israel because Israel’s unbelief is not total. Paul advocates “election-grace” by choosing a faithful remnant by his grace alone.

Confess and Believe

July 10, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 10:8–21

There must be a basic body of Christian content based on Biblical guidance put before us to consider faith. We cannot be saved by believing in believing. To become a Christian we must confess with the mouth and believe in the heart.

Human Responsibility

June 26, 2022 • Bruce Nickoley • Romans 9:30—10:8

The Gentiles who knew the least about God came to know God the best. The Jews who knew God the best did not come to know God. Those who righteously pursue holiness may understand their sin and personal responsibility in pursuing God based on God’s Will.

The Grace and Justice of God

June 12, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 9:14–29

God is always gracious when he makes somebody His, and He is always just when he doesn’t. Grace and mercy are never divine obligations. Everybody deserves justice. Because of this, we grow in holiness with a greater sense of gratitude that our adoption is divine grace.

God is Sovereign

June 5, 2022 • Stu Fuhlendorf • Romans 9:1–13

Paul expresses how we should all feel as Christians. We’d give up all the benefits of knowing Christ if somehow our brothers and sister would be saved. But, God is sovereign, and we need to understand that while being emboldened by how God works in salvation.