"O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!" This is the only way Paul could end the eleventh chapter of his letter to the Romans. God is the epicenter of the Gospel, and Paul will make sure that both Jews and Gentiles never forget that.
At one point in time, the loudest voices proclaiming the world is coming to an end were ragged, half-crazed street preachers who wore billboards over their shoulders and screamed at passersby! But nowadays, that message is also being proclaimed on the lips of secular scientists, scholars, and media personnel. No longer is it taboo to say that the earth will one day come to an end. That fact has become â€œscientific.â€ The only question that still remains is, â€œWhat will our exit strategy be?â€
When you see the title, â€œGentiles in the Family Tree,â€ you immediately think of Zacchaeus, donâ€™t you? But, believe it or not, this sermon isnâ€™t about him. This message is about two diverse branches of peopleâ€”Israel and the Churchâ€”and how God is uniquely grafting them both into that tree called redemption.
Throughout the ages Christianity has inspired many ill feelings in its adversaries, such as hatred, persecution, anger, and contempt. But this seems ordinary enough, given Christâ€™s promise that â€œall who desire to live godly in the world will suffer persecution.â€ In this message, however, Stephen discusses an ill feeling which Christianity is inciting that isnâ€™t quite so ordinary. Itâ€™s neither anger nor contempt . . . but envy!
Grace seems too good to be true, doesnâ€™t it? Itâ€™s free, itâ€™s eternal, itâ€™s divinely given. Yet these qualities which make it so desirable to some also make it so contemptible to others. Thatâ€™s because man, by nature, doesnâ€™t like being told he is powerless to save himself. When he arrives at the pearly gates, he would rather pat himself on the back and say, â€œLook at what I have done,â€ than fall humbly to his knees before God and say, â€œLook what You have done!â€
Is God finished with the Jewish people? Has He forgotten about the promises He made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? The Apostle Paul gives us the profound answer to those questions in Romans chapter 11.
In Romans 10:21 the Apostle Paul invites us to forsake the binding chains of religion and embrace the liberating arms of a relationship.
Both Israel and the Church claim to be the chosen people of God, so who is right? The Apostle Paul gives us the incredible answer.
In Romans 10:15 the Apostle Paul asks the rhetorical question, â€œHow will people hear the Gospel unless we tell them?â€ They wonâ€™t. So letâ€™s tell them.Â
Thereâ€™s room in Heaven for a lot more people so why arenâ€™t we going out and inviting them?
Whenever you need a renewed perspective of God's transcendence and his imminence, just step outside!
When men try to speak for God, the result is deeper confusion and sorrow on the part of the sufferer. When God speaks for Himself, the result is deeper understanding and healing.
Everyone loves a good fairy tale, especially the ones with happy endings. As believers, we are part of a real-life tale, with a great Rescue, a real Prince, and true Love. In Matthew's gospel, the lineage of Jesus includes Boaz and Ruth, a literal love story that depicts and prefigures the redemption that Jesus Christ made more than 1000 years later for all those who believe in Him. It's a story of amazing grace that brings a new joy to the Christmas season. It's a story that begins before time and ends--for every Christian--happily forever after.
Scripture tells what Jesus accomplished in the past, what He is accomplishing in the present, and what He will one day accomplish in the future. Where would we be without this incredible record?
In C.S. Lewis' well-loved series "The Chronicles of Narnia," Lewis gives us many timeless analogies to Christianity. One is found in his depiction of the creation of the world. In that story, Aslan--the character who represents Jesus--sings a song, and at the sound of his voice all the world is made. Not just the world, however, but the story of history as well. And that's why it is such an incredible analogy to the true story. In the biblical account of creation, Stephen reminds us that God breathed out more than just trees and rocks and oceans--He breathed out a people, a cross, and a Gospel.