'Romans' Tagged Posts

'Romans' Tagged Posts

THE SONG OF RUTH

Today we examine the little book of Ruth.  The most famous verses of Ruth, as translated in the King James Version have often been sung at weddings: Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: For whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest I will lodge: Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: The Lord do…

GLEANINGS FROM GALATIANS

This week and next, our guest preacher, Pastor James Korthals, will focus on two texts from Paul’s letter to the Galatians.   Like Paul’s letter to the Romans, Galatians deals with the chief article of the Christian faith – justification by faith in Christ alone. But the tone of Galatians is far different than that of Romans.  The smoke of battle and the clatter of weaponry rise from the page.  Unlike Paul’s calmer and more studied approach in his letter to…

GOD’S GARAGE

“Lord, who has believed our message?” asked the prophet Isaiah.   Moses, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Paul, Jesus Himself tasted disappointment at lukewarm and downright cold reactions to the gospel. This is not the fault of the gospel.  There is no new and improved gospel, no “different” gospel which is no gospel at all, as Paul put it in Galatians.   “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ,”  says the great…

GOOD HABITS

Luke tells us that Jesus “went to Nazareth where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom…” We find similar statements throughout the four Gospels.  Each worship day, Jesus could be found in some synagogue or at the temple in Jerusalem.   Christ did not stand aloof from the family of believers, gathering only with the strong in faith.  He did not think it beneath Him to keep company…

THE PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING

Amid the final lines of Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a beautiful promise which we hear at the close of every sermon in our circles: “The peace of God, which transcends [passes, surpasses] all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What is this “peace of God?”  To the Roman Christians Paul once wrote:  “Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”   For those who trust…

BEAUTIFUL FEET

Isaiah has an intriguing line in our Old Testament lesson.  He says:  “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’ ” Paul repeats the thought in the 10th chapter of Romans:  “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” What a strange phrase for Isaiah to use, for Paul to repeat – “Beautiful feet.”…

LOVE & THE LAW

Today we begin a sermon series on The Ten Commandments.  Paul comments on the commandments in our epistle lesson from Romans today.  He says, “Love is the fulfillment of the Law.” This is a passage much misunderstood.  Love, as the Bible speaks of it, and as Jesus lived it and expounded it, is not an unprincipled piece of sentimental fluff floating in the clouds somewhere. Nor does the Bible ever set love in opposition to the law, to the timeless…