If/Then Faith

Slave_to_None_SquareSermon on Romans 8 – July 16, 2017

We live in a world that has reduced faith to things concerned with personal spirituality that only deals with questions of “heaven.” Further, we rob the gospel of its power as we reduce faith to a series of “If/Then” equations: IF I follow the rules, THEN God will love me; IF I am a good person, THEN I will go to heaven; IF I repent, THEN God will forgive me. According to the Apostle Paul, this is, well… nonsense. The good news of Christ addresses the “groaning” of creation and each of us as we suffer under the weight of a broken world. Our “if/then” statements start with God’s action in Christ: “IF God is for us, THEN who can be against us.”


What’s Law Got to Do with It?

Slave_to_None_SquareSermon on Romans 7 – July 3, 2017

In the wake of Paul’s proclamation of God’s gracious acceptance, those familiar with God’s Word can ask, “What’s the law go to do with it, then?” In Romans 7, Paul reveals that while the law is God’s good gift to us, because of our rebellious nature and self-centeredness, we turn it into a curse. “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”(Romans 7:15) What are we to do then? This sermon wrestles with that question.