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”!
The message of Easter offers us something much better than a guess or a magic pill and gives us more confidence than a shrug and an “I hope it will work” when it comes to our hope in reaching Heaven. The message of Easter offers us a true miracle that brings confidence, assurance and hope!
There will always be things about God’s divine ways that our finite minds find difficult or even impossible to fully comprehend. It is in these moments that we have a choice. We can bow before our good God and trust Him or we can question Him to the point that we begin to lose perspective. It’s quite amazing, actually, how easy it is for us to begin to question God like He is a peer. Our human pride is always just beneath the surface in us and ready to rise up to foolishly challenge or protest. It’s here that we need a bit of a Job moment…we need the Potter to remind us that we are the clay. It’s a reminder that God gives us in Romans 9:19-33.This text is incredible. God puts us in our place and yet as He does, He continues to answer our questions, establish His trustworthiness, and remind us of the riches of His glory and mercy that He lavishes on His people! Please join Pastor Dustin Rogers as he opens up God’s word in Romans 9:19-33.
In his book called the Magician’s Nephew, C.S. Lewis beautifully imagines the creation of Narnia by the song of the Great Lion, and it is wonderful. But, not everyone in the story sees it as such. Here Lewis notes that “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing.
As we come again to the often perplexing text of Romans 9, I’m praying that God will help us to have a better “standing” in order to see what God intends for us to see. We all have questions about election, but don’t miss the point… God wanted you first and that he will keep you until the end.
Last week in our Romans series we considered chapter 9:1-5 and Paul’s broken heart over a perplexing reality – the reality of Israel’s national rejection of Jesus as their messiah. This reality spurred in Paul an impassioned desire to see his fellow countrymen saved.
You see, Paul understands that Israel’s rejection of Jesus allows an elephant in the room. Therefore, Paul addresses it head on. He spends three chapters helping us understand the state of Israel’s present and future and ultimately proves and proclaims that God is utterly trustworthy to keep His promises. In chapters 9-11 Paul anchors the promises of chapter 8 in an infinitely trustworthy God.
The heights of Roman 8 and the peaks of joy give way to a broken Paul dealing with the reality his fellow countrymen have rejected Jesus. The first 5 verses of Roman 9 begin to lay out Paul’s burden for them to be saved and his intense defense of God and the Gospel.
If we have access to free grace and our past sins aren’t counted against us, does that lead to lawlessness then? Pastor Dustin reviews Romans 6 with us where Paul refuses that notion because of our unity in Christ.