Sermon Passage: Romans 11:11-15 Sermon Title: Rejection vs Acceptance Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: Israel’s disobedience and breaking God’s covenant meant salvation for the Gentiles. Paul tells us this truth. God’s rejection of the Israelites triggered the salvation history which we live in now. But does this mean that Jews cannot be saved anymore? Are they forever condemned? If so, why is Paul so desperate to spread the Gospel to them too? We can clearly see in Chapters 10 and 11 that Paul has a heart for the Jews. And though he has been an apostle and minister to the Gentiles for the majority of his time, he confesses that he hopes that his ministry would bring about jealousy in the Jews. Through his ministry and the Jews witnessing that Gentiles are receiving all the blessings and the promises of God that were once promised to their forefathers, Paul hopes that some Jews might be saved. So now that we know that the Israelites are not forever condemned, does their salvation mean something different? Paul seems to think so. If Israel’s rejection is our salvation, what about their acceptance? “Life from the dead” Paul proclaims that Israel’s acceptance would mean the end of salvation history. What does this all mean to us? 1. Nothing can separate us from the saving love of God. Israel’s disobedience, their mistakes weren’t enough to separate them. And neither are ours. 2. Just like Paul, we can’t stop at our salvation. We need to spread the Gospel.
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Sermon Passage: Romans 10:1-4 Sermon Title: Christ, the end of the Law Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: Paul testifies in verse 1 that he has a heart for the Israelites. Though they have been unfaithful to God, though they crucified his personal Savior, Paul still has a heart so big and love so deep for the Jew that if possible he says he would be accursed and cut off from Christ for their salvation. So why are they not saved? Paul says it is because though they have a zeal for God, they do not have the knowledge of the righteousness of God. Righteousness of God is his saving activity in which he brings his people(not only the Jew) back into relationship with him. In chapter 10, Paul says that the Israelites do not know this fact and not only do they not know the righteousness of God but they have been trying to build and establish their own. Through their obeying of the law and their efforts of being holy and upright, they have been building their own righteousness. And in verse 4, we see that Israelites have not seen Jesus Christ who is the end of the law and this is why they do not have the knowledge of the righteousness of God. What does it mean that Christ is the end of the law? we can take two different directions with the word “end” 1) termination - the end of the year or end of class 2) goal - chief end of man. But what Paul proclaims here is that Christ is the culmination of the law as well as the goal of the law. And not understanding this truth, Israelites crucified the very Messiah they have been waiting for. When we read the bible, we see that Israelites were foolish and unfaithful to God. and it is because of their flaws and mistakes that they did not see Christ as who he really is. But how are we any different? Don’t we focus on our own efforts, our own righteousness? Don’t we forget that Christ indeed is the Messiah, the savior of the universe? Aren’t we the same the as the Israelites? Let’s take a lesson from what we see in chapter 10. Let us know that righteousness of God indeed is his saving act. That Christ is his son who has come to bring us salvation. That the law has ended and has reached its goal in Christ being made in flesh.
Sermon Passage: Romans 8:31-39 Sermon Title: Nothing can separate us from the Love of Christ Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth) Sermon Summary: At the midpoint of the book of Romans, Paul is at the climax of his letter to the Christians in Rome. Paul starts with this question, “what shall we say to these things?” and through his question, he draws our attention to the Spirit of Life, Spirit of Adoption, and the Spirit of Glory he has explained in chapter 8 (see three previous sermons on these topics). But in the larger context, Paul asks for a response to the gospel that he has explained up to this point in Romans. Who will bring any charge against us? Satan will. He is keeping a record of our wrongs but God is the one who justifies and Jesus is the one who stands as our witness. Therefore, all the records of wrong that Satan will present on that judgment day will fail to condemn us. Finally, what shall separate us? Paul has experience tribulation, persecution, nakedness and all the things that he lists in verse 35 and he testifies that nothing has separated him from the Love of Christ. and he has the assurance of salvation that nothing in creation will separate him from the love of Christ. This is the climax of Paul’s letter to the Romans. That we live and believe in the Gospel, not only that but we love Jesus. And through our love and faith in Christ, we have an assurance of salvation that we cannot be separated by in any way.
Announcement: Friday Bible Study: 8PM this friday (praise team practice at 6:30pm) Christmas Party/Secret Santa : 12/23/17 at 5PM -8PM