In a world filled with greed, disease, suffering, terrorism, violence, and death, there is one certain cure, one message of hope, one source of eternal life: Jesus Christ is Risen! What does that mean for believers? It means we are both recipients and stewards of the greatest gift in the universe. In this sermon from John 20, we explore the gifts that compose the commission that Christ issued to His disciples when He made His first post-resurrection appearance to them.
“Is the Law Sin?” No. In the hand of God, the law is holy and righteous and good as He uses it to establish His perfect standard, to reveal and convict us of the depths of our sin, and to direct us on the path of righteousness. But when the law is wielded by our sin nature, it emboldens and incites us to greater sin, resulting in our condemnation and death. Here in Romans seven, Paul defends the righteous function of God’s law while also revealing the insipid way our sin nature uses the law against us.
What does it mean to really live? Listen to this sermon to find out what real life is and how to obtain it. True life is found in Jesus Christ alone.
Marriage is an amazing institution, and it is one that God uses continually throughout the Bible as a metaphor to illustrate the power of certain relationships. Here in Romans 7, we see Paul use the idea of marriage, death, and remarriage to illustrate how our relationship to God’s law changes when we are saved. In verses 1-3, he establishes the analogy of marriage which he then applies in verses 4-6. From these verses, we see that we are either (1) Wed to the Law, and Bearing Fruit for Death, or (2) Wed to Christ, and Bearing Fruit for God.
In these final four verses of chapter 6, Paul summarizes the difference between the life enslaved to sin and the life dedicated to righteousness. He does so from the very practical perspective of the fruits and the results of each way of life. For the believer, the sinful activities of their old life evoke shame and lead to death. But in Christ, we know true fruit resulting in sanctification and eternal life.
Who is Jesus? What is the relationship between Jesus and God? Is Jesus God? What does the Bible mean when it says Jesus is “the Word?” There are no more important questions than these. Listen to this sermon to hear answers from the Bible.