If you ask most people if they consider themselves to be a good person, they will probably answer yes. And, to be fair, compared to a lot of folks, they probably are. But the standard isn't other people. The standard is God. And compared to God, we all fail to measure up. That's Paul's whole point in the first part of Romans. And, it's the whole point of God giving the law to the Israelites. However, like many of God's good gifts, people misused and misapplied the law. How so? You'll need to join us Sunday to find out!
If there is a doctrine that gets folks riled up, it's the doctrine of original sin. No one likes to think that they are inheritably bad. Yet, it's an inescapable truth both in Scripture and in reality. I mean, who teaches someone to sin? That's the bad news. Yet, the Bible isn't just bad news, it's also gloriously good news and just as all partake in Adam's sin, all who trust in Jesus likewise partake of his glorious grace. We'll discuss all this on Sunday as we explore "Original Sin, Original Grace".
In case you forgot, Monday is Valentine's Day. A day where we pledge our undying love to those closest to us. Sunday, as we resume our series in Romans, we'll take a different look at love because when God said "I love you" to the world, he did it by dying. Romans 5:6-11 talks about God's Dying Love for lost people like you and me. See you Sunday at 10 am as we resume our study in Romans by exploring "The Dying Love of God". Hope to see you - and your sweetheart - this week!
When Julie and I bought our first home, one of the things that the bank made us fix right away was the foundation. The basement walls were bowing in a little bit and they needed to be "tuck pointed" (which to this day I have no idea why they call it that). Thankfully, I have a father-in-law who is far more handy than I am. But the point is, the bank wanted to make sure that the foundation of the house was solid. Likewise, our lives need a solid foundation - and there is no better foundation than Jesus.