Sermon Passage: Romans 8:18-25 Sermon Title: Spirit of Glory Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: Through the spirit of adoption, we are made heirs with Christ provided that we suffer with him that we may be glorified with him. Then paul says that the sufferings of the present time is not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed to us. This glory of God is the end of time glorification moment we are all waiting for. This glory of God is the restoration of our relationship with God into perfect harmonious walk with him again as Adam was in the Garden of Eden. And knowing that this is what is to come, we, Christians, when we are faced with suffering/trials/temptations, recognize that compared to the glory of God waiting for us, the sufferings of the present time is nothing to complain about. In fact, we appreciate this time of “already but not yet” because it gives us hope. In verse 24, Paul says that we are saved in hope. We have already been saved, but we are yet in hope for the glory of God, for Christ to return to us. As a mother carrying a child is waiting patiently to see her baby, we are waiting patiently because Jesus told us that he is coming back. So in this state of “already but not yet” we have a hope that is exciting because in recognizing our incompleteness, we see that there is a time that is coming in which we will in fact be complete. But until then, we live everyday, falling deeper in love with Christ, learning more and more about him.
Announcement: Friday Bible Study will resume. We are meeting at 8pm in the Youth Room.
Sermon Passage: Romans 8:14-17 Sermon Title: Spirit of Adoption Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: When Jesus was on the Cross, he called out to God by “elohi, elohi”. This word Elohi is the vocative form of the word Elohim which is a common word people used to address God. So there is a contrast when Paul says in Romans 8 that we can call out to God by “Abba, Father”. When Jesus was on the cross, facing the full wrath of God, he was abandoned by God. And his language, “elohi” reflects this fact. “Abba” is the word for father in Aramaic and this is the word that Jesus himself used to call out to his Father before the cross. and through this change in language, we see that Jesus took on a change of status so that we may be adopted into the family of God. When Jesus’ status changed and he died in the place of sinner, our status was then able to be changed from a sinner to a child of God. And through our faith in God, we are now adopted as his son. Forever able to enjoy and glory him with our lives on earth and our eternal life in heaven. We are adopted into God’s family and we live in this future hope that we will one day be united with him in heaven. that we have an amazing future ahead of us. So we suffer with Christ so that we may also be glorified with him.
Sermon Passage: Romans 8:1-4 Sermon Title: Work of the Holy Spirit Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: In the previous chapter, we saw that Paul’s dilemma was caused by the relationship between law and sin. To Paul, law was made to bring him life but it was only bringing him death. and now in chapter 8, we see how Paul came do his resolution with this dilemma. The chapter starts out with an everlasting truth. “there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus” and it’s important to realize that the word “no” is an emphatic one and this is to say that once you are with Christ Jesus, you will never need to worry about condemnation. Then in verse 2, Paul points out that we don’t need to worry about condemnation because we have been set free from the law of sin and death and have been liberated into the law of the Spirit of life. And the law of sin and death is the power of sin that we experience in our daily lives. this is the power that keeps us from following the law of God perfectly. This power has corrupted us at our nature. But the law of the Spirit of life is the sanctification work of the Holy Spirit. the Holy Spirit allows us to see the truth behind the power of sin. Especially when it comes to obeying the law of God, we see through the Holy Spirit that, indeed, the law was made to bring us life. But without the Holy Spirit, we can’t help but see that the law only points out the bad in us. This is the guide that Jesus Christ promised us before he ascended into heaven. The guide who will help us until the end of days. Holy Spirit’s work is opening our eyes and allowing us to see the world around us in God’s lens. The Holy Spirit takes us from the context of sin and places us in the context of life.
Sermon Passage: Romans 7:10-12 Sermon Title: The Law of God Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: The Law of God was given to Moses at Mt.Sinai for a purpose and function. Paul in this passage is struggling with the relationship between law and sin. To Paul, it is because of the law that he has sinned. in verse 7, Paul says if the law had not said “you shall not covet” he would not have known what it is to covet. So if we did not have laws, we, indeed, would not have sin. But this is only when we do not understand the purpose and the function of the law of God. The Israelites had the similar problem. They tried and tried to follow the law thinking that obeying the law itself would lead them to life. But we find in our passage today that Paul realizes that God, knowing that we would not be able to obey his laws perfectly, did not intend for us to obey the law perfectly. But God, in his all-knowing power, gave the law so that through our struggle of trying to obey the law perfectly, we would realize our sinfulness and in response to our sinfulness, turn to God for help. We must realize that in our sin, we cannot even follow simple rules set forth by God. So the purpose of the law, indeed, is to give life. Because the function of the law is to point us back to God who is the giver of life and the law. Later in the chapter, in verse 24-25, Paul comes to a realization of the truth that is so important to the Christian life. “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” And through this we know, that the law that Israelites could not obey perfectly, the law which we are not obeying perfectly, Jesus has obeyed perfectly and through his perfect obedience, we are saved from our sin.