"This Was to Show" - Romans 3:21-28

Speaker: Mitch Majeski   Date: Dec 07, 2014

A student who scores a perfect 36 on the ACT has access to any university. This access is based on performance. Similarly, religion is simply our efforts at achieving a 36 to make ourselves acceptable to God. But in Romans 3, Paul tells us this is impossible. We need Christ's righteousness to find access and acceptance with God. In Christ, we've been given a perfect 36. That's the gospel.

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"What the Hammer's Good For" - Romans 3:9-20

Speaker: Mitch Majeski   Date: Nov 30, 2014

The law reveals that we are under sin, that we fall short of God's standard, that we are hostile toward God. And trying to deal with the guilt for all of our sin through our knowledge of and obedience to the law (or good Christian practice) is like trying to bake a cake with a hammer. The law is a hammer intended to crush pride and drive us to God's provided salvation.

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"Objections" – Romans 3:1-8

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Nov 23, 2014

Sometimes, familiarity with the truth of the gospel can produce indifference and even hostility. We take God's sovereignty lightly and misappropriate grace. Whether we're Jewish, Christian or agnostic, the folly of the cross cuts against the grain of human "wisdom." But in this folly is our only hope.

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"The Antidote for Hypocrisy: A New Heart" - Romans 2:17-29

Speaker: Perry Paulding  Date: Nov 16, 2014

Only 14 percent of American Christians are Christ-like in both actions and attitudes. This sort of hypocrisy is targeted by Paul in the second half of Romans chapter 2. And the only way to rid ourselves of this hypocrisy is by becoming a true child of God, by receiving a circumcised heart. Faith in Christ justifies the hypocrite.

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Missing Repentance (Romans 2:17-29)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Nov 09, 2014

Have you mistaken proximity to Jesus/Christianity for faith? Salvation is both repentance and faith, not mere belief. There can be belief without saving faith, because we must be convinced of our need for saving and forgiveness. If we are unwilling to accept these truths, it reveals how we tamper with the gospel and minimize sin.

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Conscience, Judged Secrets and the Gospel (Romans 2:12-16)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Nov 02, 2014

Everybody's secrets will be judged by God — and that's good news. Ironic? Maybe. But God's impartiality in his justice and judgment is good news because it shows our need for a Savior. This equips us to live as people who will be accepted by God on the basis of his righteousness.

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Will Each Get What He or She Deserves? (Romans 2:6-11)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Oct 26, 2014

Romans 2:6-11 is a surprising and disruptive passage. Is it really saying that everyone will be judged according to their works? If that's the case, how is that good news? When we let a difficult passage like this speak for itself, we see that the gospel is of no good unless we are actually changed by it.

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Practicing What We Preach Against (Romans 2:1-5)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Oct 19, 2014

There are two types of sinners: The moralist and the relativist. And it is the moralist whom Paul is addressing in Romans chapter 2. The first five verses of Romans chapter 2 provide a sobering and uncomfortable lesson on how our hypocrisy blinds us to the fact that God's wrath is not only for the overtly sensual, but also for the subtly self-righteous.

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The Consequences of Unrighteousness, Part 2 (Romans 1:24-32)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Oct 12, 2014

Romans 1:24-32 shines an uncomfortable light on our willingness to deny God's existence and authority. This passage is an equal-opportunity offender for the licentious and the legalist. Pastor Mitch answers questions about homosexuality with the truth and compassion of the gospel, which gives hope to how we respond to this issue — for both Christians and those struggling with same-sex attraction.

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The Consequences of Unrighteousness, Part 1 (Romans 1:24-32)

Speaker: Perry Paulding  Date: Oct 05, 2014

What is the worst punishment for sin in this life? Answer: For God to remove all natural restraints and protections so that we're totally given over to the rule of sin. Sin blinds, enslaves and humiliates. And how sensitive we are to the gravity of our sin has a direct effect on our love for God and affection for Christ.

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Unrighteousness and Why God Opposes It (Romans 1:18-23)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Sep 28, 2014

One of the most misunderstood pieces of God's character is the nature of his wrath. Is he wrathful or is he loving -- or could he possibly be both? We too readily deny what is plain in the world around us, that there is a creator and that he is good. His wrath is a response to this suppression of truth.

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The Power of God (Romans 1:16-17)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Sep 21, 2014

The gospel is the power of God. The good news — the happy news — is the power of God to change our lives. Because no matter how many diets we try or self-help books we read, we need help from outside ourselves to see any real, lasting and meaningful change. In the gospel, there is help but it's much more than good advice.

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Longing To See You (Romans 1:8-15)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Sep 14, 2014

Paul longed to visit the believers in Rome for a variety of reasons. But one reason was to preach the gospel to them. Yes, he wanted to preach the gospel to those already saved. How should this motive inform our gatherings? How often do you seek to refresh others with the good news of Jesus' grace?

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For the Sake of His Name (Romans 1:1-7)

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: Sep 07, 2014

Jesus is the fountainhead of Romans because he has proven to be God. And he is good. He is the highest good for all of humanity. He is Lord over the whole universe. He has intentions for you and me and the way we live our lives. Chief among those intentions is his desire for us to treasure being with him. 

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Romans: Introduction and Background (Romans 1-7)

Speaker: Aaron Ritter  Date: Aug 31, 2014

Paul's letter to the believers in Rome has long been lauded for as a masterpiece of theological writing. But we must remember that Romans is a letter, not a treatise. And when we explore the context surrounding this letter, we begin to understand Paul's reasons for writing it.

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