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 -…
Paul has not just given us a commission to go out - he’s also telling us that wherever we go, in every facet of our little ‘world’ in which we move around in, there will always be people to win. Sinners aren’t faceless zombies that follow you about, calling out ‘I’m a sinner, please come and save me!’. Well, not in the literal sense, anyway. Sometime you can spot them a mile off.
So, how does the unbeliever suppress his knowledge of God? Look in verse 1 – he says “There is no God”. What’s the easiest way to supposedly cheat death and judgement? Ignore it. Keep going along in life, be nice to people, always do good. Make life as comfortable as you can for yourself, and others.
Audio is up for last Sundays’ message – Journey with Paul.
I know these excuses, because hello, I use them all the time. But the Great Commission of the church is to 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all nations.' That was a commandment from Jesus, not a 'suggestion'. The Gospel needs to be preached because there is no other way for men to be saved.