Standing In God’s Grace

Text: Romans 5:1-11 – As Christians, our personal relationship with God can become so “common” — so familiar to us, that we forget about the cost of our salvation. We have something of incredible value because Christ paid for it with his life! And along with that gift of salvation, God also gives us peace, […]

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Text: Romans 4 – After making it clear in Chapter 3 that God’s justification comes through faith, not obedience to the Law, the Apostle Paul points his readers to Abraham as an example. In the Old Testament, God declared Abraham, the great Patriarch of the Jews, righteous because of his faith long before he has […]

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Text: Romans 3:21-31 – After presenting a clear case for the utter depravity of all of mankind, the Apostle Paul begins to explain God’s response to this dismal situation. GRACE!  He provided a way for us to be declared righteous – to be JUSTIFIED through his Son, the Lord Jesus, who payed for our sin […]

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No One Meets God’s Standard of Goodness

Text: Romans 3:1-20 – The Apostle Paul continues his message to the Jews that they are no better than the Gentiles, even if they are God’s “chosen people.” But, as Pastor Russ reminds us, this message is really a wake up call for everyone. There is NO ONE who can claim to meet God’s standard […]

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Christianity: Not An Inherited Identity

Text: Romans 2: 17-29 – Pastor Russ continues in our series on the Book of Romans. Here in Chapter 2, Paul turns his attention to those who think they are “safe” because they come from a special heritage. For Paul, he was speaking to the Jews who thought they had a monopoly on God’s favor […]

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Human Depravity: We’re All In The Same Boat

Text: Romans 2:1-16 – After clearly describing God’s perspective on the human condition in Chapter 1, the Apostle Paul turns his attention to those who think they are more righteous than everyone else and reminds them they stand condemned as well. In this message, Pastor Russ continues to unpack Paul opening message to the Roman […]

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God’s Description of Human Depravity

Text: Romans 1:18-32  – The opening chapter of Romans is a pretty stark description of God’s assessment of the human condition. Although he has made himself real and accessible to us, humanity chooses to reject his truth and replace it with our own version of truth – a truth distorted by pride, selfishness, sin and brokenness. […]

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Obsessed With The Gospel

Text: Romans 1: 8-17 – On this special child dedication Sunday, Pastor Russ reminded us that the most influential factor in the life of a child is his or her parents’ faith. Do we do a good job passing on our faith and teaching the gospel to our children through both precept and example?  The […]

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Intro to the Book of Romans

Text: Romans 1: 1-7 – In this message, Pastor Russ introduces a new sermon series that will take us through the book of Romans.The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to a predominantly Gentile church that was probably founded by Jewish Christians converted at Pentecost who took the gospel back to Rome. As the church grew, […]

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A New Year’s Resolution: Obedience

Text: Jeremiah 29:10-14 – This passage is a favorite of many Christians because they find comfort in God’s promise of prosperity, hope and a future. Many don’t realize that this passage of promise falls in the midst of God’s discipline on the nation of Israel for their disobedience. Discipline is a part of life. Parents […]

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