Romans 1:1-17 - Shea Sumlin - The book of Romans seeks to answer every essential question pertaining to God, man, Christ, the Holy Spirit, sin, salvation and newness of the Christian life. It is all about the gospel and the ability of God to redeem a broken and fallen world by providing the one thing people need the most: the righteousness of God. This week we'll begin our study by exploring the incredible power of the gospel and how we are saved.
Romans 1:18-32 - Brad Bell - As you consider sharing the gospel with someone you love, where do you begin? Many people naturally go to "God loves you" or "God has a wonderful plan for your life." Though certainly true, Romans begins the explanation of the gospel at the heart of depravity. Paul draws attention to what society that rejects God and is given over to the lusts of the flesh, degrading passions and depraved minds, looks like. This realization of personal moral darkness brings an even greater degree of value to the gospel. The beauty of the message of salvation is that despite our moral inability, God calls us out of darkness through the finished work of Jesus. Join us this week for a candid look at total depravity and the various forms this takes in our world.
Romans 2:1-3:20 - Jeff Doolittle - Apart from faith in Jesus, nothing can make us right in God's sight. We have all sinned and there is nothing we can do to fix the problem we have. No law, not even God's Law, can change our flawed hearts. No good deed can make up for the sin in our lives. Nothing about us is right. Nothing. The question we ask this week is whether or not we are finally done trying, and ready to start trusting.
Romans 3:21-31 - Shea Sumlin - After walking us through the doctrine of total depravity, and proving man's inability to make himself righteous before a holy God and escape the condemnation we fully deserve, the Apostle Paul shows us exactly how it is God saves us. This portion of Scripture is the epicenter of your entire Bible. It is the good news: the gospel. What we'll study this week has the power to bring us from death to life, if we'll only believe.
Romans 4:1-25 - Brad Bell - Justification by faith is a crucial theological truth packed full of real life implications. Based on the finished work of Jesus Christ we are declared righteous. And this is all accomplished by faith. But what is faith? Scripture reminds us, "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). This week we dig into the mystery of faith and show that faith is moving beyond a belief about Christ to a solid conviction in Christ. Faith is our connection to Christ apart from good deeds, despite our poor moral performance and without religious assistance. Faith is our personal conviction placed in Jesus Christ and Him alone.