This sermon is the first of four sermons in a mini-series on the public means of grace. Romans 12:1-2 teaches Christians that we are to offer ourselves up to God as living and holy sacrifices. We are to no longer be conformed to this world. Instead, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, thereby proving out the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. The Word of God is , of course, central to this process of transformation, because the whole of Scripture testifies to the Person and Power of Christ.
John Murray has rightly noted that calling upon God’s name for salvation does not occur “in a vacuum; it occurs only in a context created by proclamation of the gospel on the part of those commissioned to proclaim it.” What Paul does here with this series of questions in verses 14 and 15 is walk us backwards from the sinner calling upon the Lord to the original cause of God sending His messengers to preach. What we are meant to understand is that the proclamation of God’s Word is God’s ordained means to draw His people to Himself in saving faith.
In all the universe, the only perfectly trustworthy person is God. His promises are always sure. His Word is always true. His will shall always be accomplished. In this first sermon from Romans three, Paul reminds the Jews in Rome that there are great advantages to being Jewish. However, God’s promises are tied to faith, not to rituals of the law.
Pride, worldliness, and narcissism shows itself in outright rebellion against God. In this passage, Belshazzar foolishly exalts himself over God, refuses to listen to God’s warnings, and as a result, he receives God’s severe and immediate judgment. This passage is a warning against hardening our hearts against God’s Word, but it also points us to the Lord Jesus, who was judged in the place of sinners who trust in Him and repent of their sins.
What happens when people proudly refuse to listen to God’s Word? How should we speak to proud people? This sermon tells the story of a very personal conflict between God and Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar proudly asserts his authority and rule. But then God graciously demonstrates His sovereign rule over Nebuchadnezzar.
This is the introductory sermon to Dr. Merithew’s Exposition of the Book of Romans. After providing the historical background to this epistle as well as Paul’s purposes in writing, this sermon explores the significance of how Paul identified himself to the church at Rome — a slave of Christ, an apostle of Christ, and set apart for the Gospel of God. Christian, how do you identify with your Lord?