Paul advances the cause of Christ’s kingdom to a broken divided world by being optimistic, a biblical optimism based on the ancient promises. Christ is the only answer for our world and our nations, let us give ourselves to his cause! Paul, The Apostle to the Gentiles (a) Paul’s People Romans 15:8-12 Now I say thatContinue reading “PEACE FOR A FRACTURED WORLD; Romans Part 71”
Where Churches are divided for any reason other than doctrinal the root cause tends to be pride which is selfishness. Such a spirit needs to be crucified and repented of. God’s People Divided (c) The Selfless Spirit Romans 15:1-7 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not toContinue reading “THE SELFLESS SPIRIT; Romans Part 70”
If the Church is defined by the Gospel then why should we destroy the work of God over matters that have no relevance to the Gospel? In the Roman Church these issues were meat, drink and holy days. In our day and culture these issues could be personal disputes, political opinions, individual differences over mattersContinue reading “SERVANTS IN THE KINGDOM; Romans Part 69”
The Christian Army has a dreadful tendency to turn its guns on its own soldiers and then bury the wounded. In Romans 14 Paul deals with this issue and how to heal the self inflicted wounds of division.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. The Characteristics of Christian Behaviour (i) The Brevity of Time Romans 13:11-14 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out ofContinue reading “THE BREVITY OF TIME; Romans Part 67”
Luke 1:46-55 – The Magnificat Mary’s head was in a spin. Gabriel had told her she would would give birth to a baby; that boy would be the Son of God. Overwhelmed by the enormity of what was happening to her body Mary was full of foreboding and fear. What would Joseph say? Would he believeContinue reading “THE VIRGIN MARY’S SONG OF PRAISE”
Great is the mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh …God with us – Emmanuel – …unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh” This evening we are studying the theology underlying the event that we focus upon at this Christmas SeasonContinue reading “THE INCARNATION OF THE SON OF GOD”
How can I live the Christian life? How should I live? Are there rules I should follow? What is the Christian Moral code? The Characteristics of Christian Behaviour (h) The Moral Code Romans 13:8-10 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. ForContinue reading “Christian Morality; Romans Part 66”
It was natural when writing to believers who were situated in the capital city of the Roman Empire that Paul should provide practical instruction with regard to the relationships between Christians and the State. This passage has supplied the Church with valuable teaching throughout all ages and cultures because although distinct from society, Christians formContinue reading “CHRISTIAN CITIZENSHIP; Romans Part 65”
When we are wronged, despised, abused; How do we react. With love or hatred? With grace or bitterness? With prayer or revenge?