Monthly Archives: September 2018

  • Community

    Every Sunday we gather for worship because we believe God will do exactly what He promised. He calls us together every week promising to cleanse us from our sins, speak to us in His word, hear our prayers and praises, feed us at His table, and send us out into the world under His blessing. As we gather, God renews His covenant with us so that we may live each day in communion with Him and with one another. Because we trust His promises, we come together expectantly looking to our Triune God to work on and in us that we might work for Him.

    In his book Dismissing Jesus: How We Evade the Way of the Cross, Doug Jones suggests that one of the ways of the cross—that is of following Jesus—is the “Way of Community.” He suggests that,

    The way … Read More »

  • The Wrath of God, Part 2

    To be sure, Romans 1:18-32 is about God’s wrath. Paul leads out with that in 1:18, connecting it to what has already been highlighted about God’s righteousness being extended in the gospel of Christ. The reason we desperately need God’s righteousness is because we are sorely lacking in the righteousness department and “because (for) wrath is being revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (1:18). That stipulated, an equally important theme in Romans 1:18-32 is worship. Summed up in 1:24-25: Therefore, God gave them up in the lusts of their heart…because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever!” Amen. And again in 1:21: “They did not honor him.” And 1:23: “and exchanged the glory … Read More »

  • Covenant Promise, Covenant Renewal

    Thousands of years ago, God called a man named Abram to leave his home, his country and his family and promised to bless him and bless all the families of the earth through him. That covenant promise has been fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ, the descendant of Abram, who forgives sins through His death and resurrection, and is in the process of restoring the divisions of the human race, restoring men and women to the glory for which were made.

    Because we trust His promises, we come together expectantly

    Every Sunday we gather for worship because we believe God will do exactly what He promised. He calls us together every week promising to cleanse us from our sins, speak to us in His word, hear our prayers and praises, feed us at His table, and send us out … Read More »

  • The Wrath of God

    In Romans 1:18 Paul moves on to the topic of the “wrath of God.” It’s a delicate topic, to say the least, and one that is often avoided at best and decried at worst; in the context of discussing the gospel and the message of Christianity it is often left out, deemed either irrelevant or unnecessary. To speak of God’s wrath can paint an unflattering picture of God, some would suggest. It’s far better, we are told, so stick to the more central message that God is love.

    the gospel and God’s righteousness found in it are the means by which we escape the wrath of God.

    But while it’s true that God is love, —there’s actually a verse that says that—the proximity of Paul’s mention of God’s wrath to his thesis statement (1:16-17) and to his explanation that the gospel is … Read More »

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