Sermon Series: The Power of the Gospel (Romans 1–8)
We feel powerless. In the face of a global pandemic, government corruption, terrorist threats, economic fragility, environmental devastation, and our own mortality we have rightly come to the realization that the forces at work in this world have rendered us helpless. Humanity does not have what it takes to bring about the real and lasting change that is desperately needed.
The central issue afflicting humanity—an issue that almost no one is willing to acknowledge—is that at the core, we are sinful. Left to ourselves, we do not ascend to a better version of ourselves but descend into anarchy and barbarianism. At best, we may make some marginal progress or grasp onto a temporal hope that satiates us for a time, but still leaves us in the same predicament. Does the power exist to lift us out of our dilemma?
The Letter to the Romans is the Apostle Paul’s magnum opus about the hope we have in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Wrapped in a letter, it is a treatise on the salvation offered to us by God and the resolution to humanity’s most pressing need. The letter explains in rich detail and with western-like cogent arguments, point and counterpoint, the central message of Christianity, namely the power of the gospel to save us.
While Paul wrote to a 1st century Roman audience, his words find fertile soil today. It is as if Paul is writing from a 21st century perspective; his words, inspired by the Holy Spirit, as relevant today as when they were first written. This 16-message series will survey Romans 1-8 to see the all-encompassing impact of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the lives of all who receive him. The gospel’s work is both simple and multi-faceted, affecting every aspect of the believer’s life. And it is humanity’s only hope.
Here’s how the series will break down, Lord willing, this year.
October 4 // Romans 1:1–17 // The gospel is power
October 11 // Romans 1:18–32 // The gospel is truth
October 18 // Romans 2:1–3:8 // The gospel is wrath
October 25 // Romans 3:9–20 // The gospel is resisted
November 1 // Romans 3:21–31 // The gospel is substitution
November 15 // Romans 4:1–25 // The gospel is faith
November 22 // Romans 5:1–11 // The gospel is peace
November 29 // Romans 5:12–21 // The gospel is grace
January 10 // Romans 6:1–14 // The gospel is freedom
January 17 // Romans 6:15–23 // The gospel is righteousness
January 24 // Romans 7:1–6 // The gospel is life
January 31 // Romans 7:7–25 // The gospel is struggle
February 7 // Romans 8:1–11 // The gospel is Spirit
February 14 // Romans 8:12–17 // The gospel is adoption
February 21 // Romans 8:18–30 // The gospel is hope
February 28 // Romans 8:31–39 // The gospel is Christ