Good News for Tough Times
7/16/17 – 8/20/17
Paul’s letter to the Romans is filled with great and inspiring bits of theology, but it also contains a window into the brokenness of the human soul. As we spend six weeks in the book of Romans, we’ll examine how God can take our brokenness and mend us together until we become the people God is calling us to be.
Broken Spirits, Broken Bodies
July 16, 2017
When you think about God, do you see him more as a loving father or a harsh judge? For those who see God more as a harsh judge, just waiting for them to slip up so he can punish them, we hope this message will provide some relief, because we can be confident, as Paul writes, that “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
July 23, 2017
Have you ever experienced hardships or suffering? Most likely, if you’ve lived any time at all, the answer is “yes.” Since suffering is so very common to this life, what should our response be to it? In this message, Pastor Evan examines Paul’s advice to rejoice in our suffering, as well as the statement that if we are to share in God’s glory, we must also share in his suffering.
July 30, 2017
Do you long to be a part of a great love story? The greatest love story of all is that of God and humanity, as God will do anything to reach out to the people whom he loves; so we can be confident that nothing in all of creation can separate us from the love of God as revealed through Christ Jesus our Lord.
August 6, 2017
After having just spoken of God’s great love, Paul then begins to worry about his people, his Jewish brothers and sisters, and how they have not accepted Jesus as Messiah. He says his heart grieves for them. Likewise our hearts may grieve for those close to us who do not live a life of faith. What comforted Paul, in the midst of this, and can it also comfort us?
There Comes a Time: A Response to the Rally in Charlottesville
August 13, 2017
There comes a time when we must speak and cannot only believe something in our heart. In this sermon on Roman 10:5-15, Pastor Evan first examines the insufficiency of the law in favor of faith and then uses Paul’s exhortation that salvation comes from both believing in your heart and speaking with your mouth to interpret the white supremacy protests that took place in Charlottesville on August 12th. As people of faith, we cannot simply believe in our hearts and allow our silence to be viewed as implicit approval of racism. There comes a time to speak, and that time is now.
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