“You don’t become a missionary by crossing the sea, but by seeing the cross”.
I went to ask Jim if he had stolen, but he talked over me. I let him talk. Sometimes the best way to put people at ease is to let them talk about their favourite subject: themselves. I didn’t mind – I enjoy listening to the old-timers talk about the old days anyway.
But I got an emptiness deep inside And I've tried, but it won't let me go And I'm not a man who likes to swear But I never cared for the sound of being alone
Hi Everyone Last Sunday I had the privilege of teaching the flock in our Romans series: Seeing Faith: Apart from the Law (Romans 4:13-25). Audio is here, sermon notes below. Enjoy! Well, we’ve been trudging hard through this heavy book the past couple of months. But this is what we need to do, because the book of Romans is a foundational document of our faith. The Apostle Paul went to great lengths to ensure that there were no grey areas with respect to how the judgement, the mercy, and also the grace of God are all meted out. Therefore, it deserves the respect of being examined properly. So, we zoom into each nook and cranny. We dissect its’ form and function. We x-ray and scan the parts we can’t see. And we do all this so that we can be sure we get it right – because, if we get Romans wrong, we may get our salvation wrong. And if we get our salvation wrong, well, we get our eternity wrong, don’t we? So, what have we learnt so far in this sermon series? Well, that everyone knows who God is (God doesn’t believe in atheists) The immoral person is rejected by God, and given over to his pleasures The moral person is rejected by God, because he is a hypocrite and can’t keep the law himself The religious person is rejected by God, as God cares more for the heart than outward appearances We all fall into one of those categories, so everyone has sinned and fallen short of His standards Reconciling with God involves believing through faith that Christ paid the penalty for us And last week we read that the Apostle Paul uses the example of Abraham – who was considered the founding father of the Jewish faith -…
You don’t need a crucified and risen Saviour, if you can achieve perfection all by yourself. Take God out of the equation, and bingo, look how much you can do! Look how good you can be! You’re not that bad after all! Look how much guilt of the past you can cancel out!