How God builds hope in our lives (Romans 5:1-5)

Would you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist? How do you respond when you go through periods of struggle and suffering?   Are you ever tempted to doubt God’s love, forgiveness and acceptance of you? Paul’s teaching on justification is crucial as we seek to persevere in our faith. A Look at the text V1Continue reading “How God builds hope in our lives (Romans 5:1-5)”

Keeping faith in the promise (Romans 4:13-25)

How have you done at keeping your hope up through the pandemic? It has been hard at times hasn’t it. We were promised a short fight to flatten the curve and then normality by Easter last year only for the First Lockdown to drag on into the summer of 2020. Then in the Autumn weContinue reading “Keeping faith in the promise (Romans 4:13-25)”

Justified (Romans 4:1-12)

If you were to list the top 3 doctrines you believe first of all in terms of what is necessary to salvation, what would you list look like? Now how would you draw up your list a second time, this time with the focus on how doctrine affects the Christian life and the nature ofContinue reading “Justified (Romans 4:1-12)”

But now… (Romans 3:21-31)

You are talking with someone about the Gospel and they raise the classic objection. It is arrogant for you to claim that you will be going to heaven and they won’t. On what basis can you make such an outrageous and intolerant claim. You start to share the Gospel further with them. How would youContinue reading “But now… (Romans 3:21-31)”

Us in the dock

What is the purpose of the Law of the land? Why do we have speed limits, why do we have rules about COVID? The answer of course is that we have an expectation that not only do those rules show us how we should live in order to keep a pandemic at bay or makeContinue reading “Us in the dock”

The problem with Sin (Romans 3:9-20)

For Starters Why do we have laws?  E.g. Speed limits, criminal law, charity laws etc. A Look at the Text Who is Paul writing about here? (v9) Who is affected by sin? (v9-10) Sin is …. The  failure to ……………. God and to …………….. God (v11) deliberate decision to …………………………… from God (v12) Sin meansContinue reading “The problem with Sin (Romans 3:9-20)”

God in the Dock (Romans 3:1-8)

Paul has argued that relying on ethnic pride does not work.  Your genes will not save you, nor your knowledge of The Law. We are judged by our actual righteous, the good that we do or don’t do. Therefore Jews and Gentiles alike face judgement day. So, if a Jew cannot claim an exemption, isContinue reading “God in the Dock (Romans 3:1-8)”

A small matter and a heart matter (Romans 2:14-21)

It has been a contentious week when it comes to identity and status.  Did you pick up in the Meghan and Harry interview that so much of the fall out between the Sussexes and the Royal Family (not forgetting the media and the UK in general) was to do with the status of their sonContinue reading “A small matter and a heart matter (Romans 2:14-21)”