"To Reign In Life" - Romans 5:12-21

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: May 03, 2015

In our third lap around Romans 5:12-21, Pastor Mitch highlights the Christian's ability to reign over sin and death. Sin is not more powerful than the Holy Spirit — and Christians rule over it because of what Jesus accomplished for us. The righteousness we have in him is so much more attractive than sin. It's like comparing half a box of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls to an entire truck load of Swiss Rolls.

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"Much More" – Romans 5:12-21

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Apr 26, 2015

Christians can find joy and overcome sin because they are represented by Jesus — and Jesus' representation carries with it much more than weight than Adam's representation ever could. With God, family trumps works. And his super-abounding grace gives us the ability to find joy in our limitations.

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"Adam as a Type of the One to Come" - Romans 5:12-21

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Apr 12, 2015

Adam was a type or "shadow" of Christ. Yet Adam, along with other Old Testament types, was imperfect, and we share in his original sin. Some might say that this is unfair. But where Adam failed, Christ succeeded. Now, instead of being represented by Adam before God, we are now represented by Christ himself. Everything he did is credited to us. *This* is unfair. And thank God for that.

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"Love Was (And Is) Here" - Romans 5:8-11

Speaker: Perry Paulding  Date: Apr 05, 2015

How do you measure love? By the costliness of the gift and by the unworthiness of the receiver. This is what makes Jesus' death and resurrection so profound. Behold the nailed hand and let your heart be filled with his love. Past, present and future salvation is promised to those who place their faith in Christ. Justified, we have every reason to be marked by joy. Happy Easter, indeed!

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"Hope Forged Through Suffering" - Romans 5:3-8

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Mar 29, 2015

Do you have a "theology of suffering"? When you encounter trials of various kinds (1 Peter 1:6), how do you respond? The Apostle Paul tells us that suffering is part of a process that God uses to produce something valuable in us: A hope that trusts and places confidence in the character of God and a future with him in heaven.

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"Joy In the Tenses" - Romans 5:1-2

Speaker: Mich Majeski   Date: Mar 22, 2015

Rejoicing is central to the Christian life. And Christians *should* rejoice because our justification applies credits to us that far outweigh the debits of our suffering. Left to "counting our blessings," we'll be in the red this side of death. Thankfully, Jesus and his righteousness put our balance sheets in the black.

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"The Resurrection Is Our Promise" – Romans 4:22-25

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Mar 16, 2015

In the resurrection of Jesus, Christians have a "payoff letter" — a solid, historical confirmation that their debt is paid and that they can bank on God's promises. The cross AND the resurrection are given to us for our justification. We need them both and they work together to prove God's trustworthiness.

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"Abraham Obeyed Because He was Looking Forward" - Romans 4:16-21

Speaker: Mich Majeski   Date: Mar 08, 2015

Jesus came not only to forgive you but also to change you. And while it is right and necessary to have faith in Jesus' finished work on the cross, a past-oriented faith alone won't allow us to persevere in life or against sin. The promise of God's future grace provides Christians with what they need to reject sin.

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"Founded on Grace, Building to Glory" - Romans 4:16-21

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Mar 01, 2015

Every Christian's life can have great meaning because God has given them a guaranteed promise, which enables them to persevere. And a patient, persevering life is often the life that most glorifies God.

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"Heirs of the Promise by Faith, Not by Law" - Romans 4:13-15

Speaker: Perry Paulding  Date: Feb 22, 2015

Everyone saved by faith is an heir of the Father. That includes you, me -- and Abraham. Old Testament Saints and New Testament saints are all part of God's family with the same inheritance. And while our inheritance comes through faith, the gospel is a kind of "law," and we obey it by believing it.

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"The Sign Is a Seal" – Romans 4:9-12

Speaker: Joe La Mastra  Date: Feb 16, 2015

Abraham's faith was counted to him as righteousness. Justification by faith restores us to a right relationship with God. And it is about the relationship; God is a person and we can have real fellowship with him. Circumcision (like a wedding ring) is outward symbol of an inward reality — made possible by faith in Jesus Christ.

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"Happiness: It's All in the Counting" – Romans 4:6-8

Speaker: Mitch Majeski   Date: Feb 08, 2015

The connection between justification and forgiveness is often overlooked, but it is a vitally important connection. It's just for God to forgive us because of what Jesus did on the Cross. And in that reconnection with God we can be truly happy — even in our suffering, even when we're unhappy.

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"The Limits of Boasting and Entitlement" - Romans 4:1-5

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Feb 01, 2015

We live in a boastful world, where survival is dependent on the awesomeness of your CV and the number of friends and followers you amass online. But God's salvation via faith in Jesus Christ crushes boasting and entitlement. He wants us to make much of *him*, not much of ourselves. This frees us to live generously and build bridges of compassion with the lost world around us.

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"The Faith of Abraham" – Romans 4:1

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Jan 25, 2015

Abraham had flaws. Big ones. He didn't portray the typical qualities we associate with heroes of the faith. So why does Paul focus so much on his life? Because Abraham had the one thing that matters in God's economy: Faith. Faith (or trust) in Jesus' righteousness gives us access to God, and if we have that, we can trust God in all other areas of life.

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