Romans 1:14-17 - Paul's letter to the Romans is an occasional letter. What was the situation facing the church in Roman that caused Paul to pen one of the most amazing presentations of the gospel of God? In sermon, we investigate the background to Paul's letter to the Romans.
Romans 1:1-17 - This sermon explores the first 17 verses of Romans 1 as Paul introduces himself and his mission to the Romans and reminds them of their calling. There are many powerful lessons we can learn in these opening verses.
Romans 1:18-32 - The gospel is the good news of Jesus that is the antidote of the bad news of God's wrath and judgment against sin. In Romans 1:18-32, Paul discusses why God's wrath is justified, and what happens to humanity when they reject God and God gives them up.
Romans 2:1-16 - As Paul continues to lay out the fact that all people fall short of the glory of God and are in need of God's righteousness, he focuses on the fact that the Jews are no better off than the Gentiles.
Romans 2:17-29 - True religion isn't about external rituals, but it is about relationship and wholehearted devotion.
Romans 3:1-8 - Paul anticipates that the Jewish Christians in Rome will have a lot of questions and so he asks and answers three questions in this section of Romans.
Romans 3:9-20 - This sermon is the completion of Paul's three chapter presentation of the universal sinfulness and helplessness of all people. Before Paul can share the good news of This sermon is the completion of Paul's three chapter presentation of the universal sinfulness and helplessness of all people.
After spending three chapters explaining how all people are sinners and are subject to God's wrath, in Romans 3:21-26, Paul explains how sinners can be made right with God.
Abraham is a great example of how we are justified by faith. In Romans 4:13-25, Paul shows how Abraham believed that what God promised, God would do. Similarly, in order to be made right with God, we must believe that God will make good on His promise to save those who put their trust in Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.
In the first five verses of Romans chapter 5, Paul begins to focus on the results of our justification in Christ. Paul points toward 3 blessings that comes because of our justification.
Paul assures us that if God went to such effort to save us when we were his enemies, how much more will God continue to save us from his wrath now that we are God's children. This should cause us to rejoice!
Because of Adam's sin, we all become sinners and face the condemnation of God. But because of Christ, we can be born again and receive God's grace and Christ's righteousness. The choice is ours!
Some of sought to abuse and exploit the grace of God for selfish purposes.
God's grace is designed to help us live for God as it transitions us to a
new creation and gives us victory over sin.
When we become Christians, we are set free from our bondage to sin, but we
must then strive to be slaves of righteousness. Everyone either serves sin
or God. You gotta serve somebody!
When a person is a Christian they are dead to sin and they are also dead to the law. In Romans 7:1-6, Paul explains why Christians are no longer under the law of Moses. What a blessing to be under grace not law.
Paul explains in Romans 7:7-13 that our real enemy is not the law, but is sin and our sinful flesh. We don't have to live with the consequences of our sin if we bring it under the grace of Jesus Christ.
In the last section of Romans 7, Paul shares his personal ongoing struggle with sin. It is a struggle that we will face until we pass from our earthly bodies to our heavenly home. Although we may have significant victory over sin, the battle will remain and the struggle will continue.
Living by the Spirit and not the flesh involves having our trust, our mind and our obligations in the right things.
In this section of Romans, Paul reminds us that the Holy Spirit plays an
important role in sealing us and confirming us as God's children. And as
God's children, we have so many wonderful blessings.
In Romans 8:18-30, Paul helps us to understand how the groaning of our suffering can lead to glory, because the Holy Spirit helps us when we don't know what to pray, and God is working good through all things to conform us to the image of His Son.
Paul ends Romans 8 with an amazing crescendo that helps us have great confidence in God as our protector, defender and keeper.
As we move into chapters 9-11, Paul addresses the deep theological topics of God's election, predestination and sovereignty. Paul does this to answer the baffling questions surrounding the Jewish people's rejection of Jesus. A lot of this sermon is based on a sermon by Dan Williams.
As Paul begins to deal with the questions of God's original election of the Jews and the later inclusion of the Gentiles, Paul drives home the point that God is sovereign.
In Romans chapter 10, Paul explains that the majority of the Jews had missed the salvation turning point of history. They didn't understand that Jesus was the end of the law, and they tripped over the stumbling stone of Christ. They failed to believe in Jesus.
In Romans 11, Paul explains that God has not let the Jewish people down, because God has fulfilled His promises to them by maintaining a remnant and by bringing blessings through their unbelief.
Paul concludes chapter 11 explaining that God has not given up on the people of Israel by revealing the mystery that "all Israel will be saved." The thought that God's plan includes mercy for Jews and Gentiles propels Paul into a majestic doxology about the glory of God.
Paul begins chapter 12 by answering the question: “How should we respond to the mercies of God?”
In chapter 12 of Romans, Paul gives an overview of what real, sincere love looks like. In so doing, Paul moves love out of the realm of the abstract into the realm of the concrete.
As Paul discusses the transformed life Christians are called to, he addresses the need for Christians to submit to the governing authorities and to pay their obligations of taxes and respect.
At the end of Romans 13, Paul reminds Christians of the debt of love they owe and warns them to wake up and put off the deeds of darkness because the return of Christ is nearing.
In Romans 14, Paul begins to address the specific things that are causing conflict in the church in Rome. Paul's main points include accept each other and let God be the judge.
In the second half of Romans 14, Paul challenges the Christians at Rome to not put any stumbling blocks in front of other believers, but to do only what leads to building others up.
In Romans 15:1-13, Paul encourages all of us to follow the example of our Lord in putting the good of others before our own interest, and he encourages us to seek a unity that will enable us to effectively praise God with one heart and one voice.
This sermon on the second half of Romans chapter 15 gives us insight into how to make plans to serve the Lord, and how to carry them out with prayer, like the apostle Paul did.
As Paul concludes his letter to the Romans, he commends many people in Rome while warning them of others. Paul's long list of people gives us a rare snapshot into the nature of the early church.
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