July-Aug-Sept 2017 Sermons – Study of Romans

July 2              4th Sunday after Pentecost      Communion

Scriptures:  Romans 5:1-8  Romans 6:1-11             Theme: Justified by Faith, Saved from Sin

Thoughts:  This is the beginning of a Summer Series on Romans.  It is “Bring Your Bible” time.  The sermons from July 2 – September 17 will be a Bible study of the principles of faith from the book of Romans.  Today we will focus on the nature of sin, and its cure in Jesus Christ. The grace of God saves us from sin and the role of Christ is our salvation.  Faith is the Key.  Christ is the source of Grace.  We are both the problem and the beneficiaries of God’s love, grace and forgiveness.  What a glorious joy to be the objects of God’s love.

 

July 9              5th Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures: Romans 7:1-13; 14-25             Theme: The Frustration of Righteousness

Thoughts: We find ourselves shaking our heads in agreement with Paul when we read Romans 7.  The very thing we know not to do is the very thing we end up doing.  It is so frustrating.  It seems that the Law is a set up to condemn us.  Is God really that mean; that God tempts us with the possibility of righteousness only to frustrate us with another Law that catches us in sin?  No!  It is God who has given us the gift of grace through Jesus Christ to save us from the vicious cycle of Law, sin and failure.  Only Christ is the victory.

 

July 16                        6th Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures:  Matt. 13:1-9, 18-23    Romans 8:1-11            Theme:  The Way Out of Frustration

Thoughts:  Paul has done a masterful job of building the case of how sin has destroyed the human race and paved the way to condemnation.  He has shown the Law to be the path of righteousness as well as the path to frustration.  We cannot save ourselves through the righteous adherence to the Law.  Only through Christ are we saved from sin and death.  The Spirit is our guide through life and only life in the Spirit is our way of life and peace.

 

July 23                        7th Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures:  Romans 8:12-25         Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43            Theme:  Princes & Princesses of the King

Thoughts:  We continue this series in Romans with the second sermon of three in the 8th Chapter.  Why three weeks in the 8th chapter?  Whole movements and divisions in the Church have based their theology on Romans 8.  Who are the adopted Children of God and what is the difference between the children of God and the Children of God.  All people are God’s creation and have God’s DNA, therefore all people are the children of God.  But only those who have accepted the grace of God through Jesus Christ are adopted as the Children of God and become the princes and princesses of the King.  We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ in the Kingdom of God.  We are royalty.

 

July 30                        8th Sunday after Pentecost      5th Sunday One Worship Mission Emphasis

Scriptures:  Romans 8:26-39                    Theme: The Destiny of the Redeemed

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Thoughts:  From the moment Adam and Eve separated from God in Eden, humans have separated themselves form God through sin.  As we have seen in Romans thus far, Christ is the only cure for that separation.  The whole Bible is the story of God’s pursuit of the human race to repair the rift between us and God.  It is our destiny to be in relationship with God.  We were created to be the Children of God, and once that relationship is restored, the relationship that was destined from the beginning, nothing can separate us from God’s love.  Nothing.

 

August 6         9th Sunday after Pentecost      Communion

Rev. Randall Partin, Provost of the New Mexico Annual Conference preaches on Wrestling with God.

August 13       10th Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures:  Romans 10:5-17                 Theme: Grace Unbound

Thoughts: Who are the ‘ins’ and who are the ‘outs’?  Groups of Christians have been trying to make this distinction for centuries.  Believe this and you’re in: believe that and you’re out.  Who is welcome in heaven and who is excluded, was the province of theology and denominations and preachers.  But what does God say?  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  It seems clear.  Grace is unbound from human restriction.  Halleluiah!

 

August 20       11th Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures:  Romans 11:17-24; 33-36                   Theme: Warning to the Lazy

CHOIR SPECIAL>People Need the Lord

Thoughts: God’s Chosen people – the Jews – have been rejected because of their unbelief.  It still stands, however, that all who believe are accepted.  So what happens to those who cease to believe, whose faith fails?  Paul warns, “Do not become proud, but stand in awe.”  If  God can reject the Chosen, God can (and will) reject those who stand only by faith.  Present day Christians should take heed.  Is it possible that these verses foretell the demise of those Churches that get so comfortable in their past success that they forget their purpose is preach faith to the faithful and the unfaithful?  Makes you want to go, “Hmmmm?”

 

August 27       12th Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures:  Romans 12:1-8;  9-21                     Theme: Living the Faith

Thoughts: All the theory is written.  Now, how shall we live?  Paul now turns to the practical application of all his theology.  Living the redeemed life is living holy, loving genuinely, living humbly, rejoicing and weeping communally, using gifts for the good of all, acting peacefully, giving generously, and victoriously overcoming evil with good.  In other words, the Christian faith is not passive, it is presenting our whole bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.  Wow!

 

September 3    13th Sunday after Pentecost    Communion    Labor Day weekend

Scriptures:  Romans 13:1-8; 9-14                     Theme: Fulfilling the Law of Love

Thoughts: Paul went to great pains in chapter 7 to describe the dilemma of the Law – the Law is holy but the result is sin.  Now Paul is advocating the Law, but with a distinct twist.  We are now to live out the Law of love, which is the fulfillment of the Law.  To live out the Law of love is to live not in fear of punishment but to live out of love of God and others.  This is living the redeemed life.  Salvation is near, so live as if God is love and love is real.

 

September 10  14th Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures:  Romans 14: 1-12                 Theme: Living Genuinely

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Thoughts: The most damning indictment of Christians by those outside it is our own hypocrisy.  Paul here tells us to live in peace with those who differ from us in practice and to live genuinely before the weak.  It is obvious that the Church is diverse in its practices in worship and administration.  Denominations have very distinct differences.  Does it matter?  Or are we unified in our diversity.  We are different not divided.  But we should all live before the unbelieving world as if our faith had transformed every aspect of our lives.  That is genuine faith affecting the way we live.