Romans 5:12-21 – United

By nature of human beings, we are united to Adam. But for the believer, we are now instead united to Jesus. Being united to Adam we are born into sin and receive the condemnation for his sin resulting in death. Being united to Jesus, we instead are justified and made right with God because of […]

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Romans 4:13 – 25

What Paul is saying here is that faith and the law are opposites and if a person chooses one he or she has in actual fact rejected the other. It is impossible to be saved by both works and faith at the same time. Putting it another way. If you are depending on the law […]

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1. “R” stands for “Righteousness.” 2. “P” stands for “Propitiation”. 3. “F” stands for “faith”. 4. “B” stands for “Boasting”. • We human beings need “a righteousness” apart from the law. A righteousness that doesn’t depend on our flawed efforts. That is what is so wonderful about the salvation Paul is talking about it. It […]

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Romans 1:16-32 Wrath Revealed

Romans 1:18 tells us that the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all ungodliness.  There will be a final day when Jesus returns and the wrath of God will be revealed at that time.  Yet this verse says that it is being revealed now.  So in what ways do we see the […]

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The Power of the Gospel – Romans 1:17

Romans 1:16-18 are the verses which many say the whole rest of Romans then unpacks.  Romans 1:17, in particular, is often known as Martin Luther’s verse, one upon which much of the reformation focussed.  Yet when we break down the elements of it and study the verse can we really explain what it means? What […]

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Fight or Flight – 1 Tim 6:11-16

Paul gives us a picture of the Christian life as like being in a fight.  Do you ever think about that?  Do you wake up and think, today I need to fight the good fight of faith?  Are we in the fight? Are we willing to fight? Part of the fight is the fight against […]

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Luke 1:67-80 Worship and Praise

C.S. Lewis said, “The central miracle asserted by Christians is the incarnation. They say that God became man. Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this.” We look at the prophecy of Zechariah following the birth of John the Baptist to help us see that the incarnation of Jesus should […]

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Daniel 6 – Daniel in the Lion’s Den

In one of the Old Testaments best-known stories, Daniel is thrown into the Lions Den.  We are reminded that the bible is God’s story, so while Daniel is a man from whom lessons may be drawn for our life, the story is ultimately about God.  We see that God is king over history, over empires […]

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