Paul has spent the first 11 chapters of Romans describing the Gospel, leading to a moment of worship and exclamation when viewing the Palace that God built. It leads him to a moment of awe and joy that overwhelms him and and should take us right along with him.
We’ve spent a great deal of time working verse by verse through the book of Romans and have made it through a lot of heavy doctrine in the process. Though we’ve worshiped our great God throughout and have marveled at His redemptive story each week, we come tomorrow to Paul’s worship-filled conclusion of the first 11 chapters.
Paul is in awe. In awe of God. In awe of His gospel. In awe of its depths. In awe of His mercy and grace to redeem. You see, Gospel doctrine leads to Gospel doxology! I’m amped for this study and want to invite you all to prepare your hearts to worship our amazing God as we contemplate His remarkable, breathtaking, and beautiful truth!
As we’ve wrestled with the questions of whether God has abandoned Israel, we’ve seen that His grace is emphatic that His promises are still intact and certain. In today’s message, we peek ahead to a time when it will no longer be promises but fulfilled.
As we continue our study of Romans 11, the Apostle Paul underscores the faithfulness of God to Israel. He takes the necessary time in verses 17-24 to address the Gentiles and their temptation toward pride in their newfound position. Paul knows that some have become arrogant about it and have even seen cause for gloating against the fallen Jews. So, Paul confronts it head on and commands them – and US – to replace arrogance with honor, fear, and hope.
Paul’s question in Romans 11 if God has rejected Israel for their rejection of Jesus. He very quickly answers that question as “no” and then focuses our attention on how God has used their rejection to spread the wealth of the Gospel around the world, ultimately using that to bring Israel back to Him.
God is fully trustworthy. He has always kept His promises to Israel, and He will always keep His promises to us. God’s Word has not failed, and he will never reject his people. In fact, He will always preserve a remnant of believing Israelites.
As Paul has defended the trustworthiness of God in Romans 9 and 10. He has also probed a theological tension that has caused many to scratch their heads. In chapter 9 Paul strongly emphasizes God’s sovereignty while in chapter 10 the emphasis turns toward man’s responsibility. This tension tends to lead our finite brains to a conundrum. We ask, “how can both be true?”
Today Pastor Dustin Rogers will address this theological tension. We trust that this time will prove helpful for us and ultimately lead us to greater worship of a God who’s infinite wisdom is sometimes beautifully beyond our reach.
We should be thankful for the many beautiful Moms of Heritage Bible Church — Ladies who are truly adorned with the manifold graces of godliness. We are truly blessed by the women among us.
Today we look again at Romans 10 and see a couple of particular applications here toward Mothers. Moms, we’re eager to encourage you and care for your heart through the Word as you continue in your crucial role. Moms, embrace your role as a teacher, and do not underestimate your influence!
When we focus on getting to the bottom of why something isn’t work as it should or perhaps why someone isn’t doing what they should, it’s common to use the strategy of ruling things out. This leads us to a rational method of understanding things without always assuming the worst. Paul uses that strategy in Roman 10:5-21 to understand why we may not take the action that the Gospel leads us to.
Thus far in Romans 9 Paul has demonstrated that the reality of Israel’s broad rejection of Jesus does not indicate that God has failed or that His gospel really isn’t good. On the contrary, pressing into this question of Israel’s unbelief has helped us to see God’s trustworthiness in a whole new and powerful way. But there are still questions that remain concerning Israel. Paul begins to answer this question in Romans 9:30-10:4. Please join us today as Pastor Dustin Rogers opens the book of Romans chapter 9 where Paul points us to Christ who is the “end of the Law”!