Sunday Morning Study

The pastor's current Sunday morning study from the book of Romans. 

Feb. 9 – Romans – Romans 6:19 – 7:6 “Knowing Your Faith Identity” Theme: Our freedom to act differently in life – act as Jesus would – starts with what we “know” about our new self in Christ verses our old self without Christ. This is about becoming slaves to God, not sin and self. Outline points: Death Now – sin has immediate as well as eternal consequences; Married to Someone – either married to the law or married to Christ – but you cannot be unmarried; Pleasing Christ – we obey who we offer our service to – we live to please who we are married to.

 The Book of Romans has proved to be life-changing and history-shaping. Why is that the case? It is because Romans is about the gospel. Paul was writing to the church in Rome in about AD57 because he wanted them first to understand the gospel, and then to experience the gospel – to know its glorious release. He was likely writing to them during his third missionary journey, quite possibly from Corinth, Greece. They were Christians he had never met, though he hoped to do so soon. They seemed to have been a church suffering from tensions between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians. But though Paul did not have first-hand knowledge of them, he knew what it was they most needed to hear – the gospel.

This “gospel of God” (Romans 1:1) was a declaration about God’s righteousness. It was the message that the perfection and holiness of God has been seen in the life and death of Jesus Christ; and that this perfection is offered to us, as a free gift, through the life and death of Jesus Christ. That is the gospel message of Romans and, as we will see, Paul shows us not only how God in the gospel makes sinners righteous, but also how this most precious gift of God is enjoyed in our lives – how it produces deep and massive changes in our behavior and in our character.

Sunday Evening Study, Experiencing God

by Henry & Richard Blackaby, Claude King

6:30 PM

Knowing and doing the will of God can change your life. Experiencing God will help you discover just that.