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.
We’re going to see [in 1:18-3:20] that the sheer depravity of mankind is pervasive and sits exposed by and condemned under the righteous wrath of God. You need to walk away today aware or reminded that you CANNOT fully understand or truly appreciate/celebrate the good news of the Gospel without the enduring message of the first section of Romans.
When we think too little or too lightly of our sin and God’s wrath, we will think too little of the cross. We will think too little of Jesus and His gospel. Our affections will be numb. The context of the in breaking of God’s grace is everything. Like Dunkirk without a miracle…With no great plight, there is NO great rescue.
Join Pastor Dustin Rogers today as he challenges us from God’s word from Hebrews chapter 12 verses 1-2.
Pastor Dustin gives a brief message from 2 Corinthians showing the Gospel meaning of Christmas and why we have reason to celebrate every day.