Paul’s vision for the Roman church, and God’s vision for us today, is that we would recapture the beauty of the gospel. That we would place all our hope in Jesus’s righteousness, instead of the righteousness we seek to achieve by works.
God is not impressed with our feeble “goodness”. He’s impressed with His Son.
You see, the gospel in Romans is not a demanding, harsh gospel of the Law and performance, nor is it a gospel of permissiveness that winks at sin. No, the gospel in Romans is the gospel of Christ – the good news that we are called to belong to Christ Jesus, just as Paul was.
Christianity and politics seem more complicated than they once were.
There are many voices in 21st century America. We have more information at our fingertips than ever.
Our culture puts a high value on authenticity. From popular culture to Christian culture, being authentic is definitely in vogue.
Programs do not meet these needs—an organism does. Hurting people are best helped in relationship to other believers within the Body.
I am realizing that more and more of my problems are really the result of my own selfishness. It’s just more fun blaming my frustrations on others.
It feels like opposition is coming upon us like a cresting tidal wave. It seems like everything is on the verge of crashing down around us. Views once mainstream are now being condemned as extreme, bigoted, and even dangerous.
Have you ever heard the Gospel presented in that way?
No one likes to be judged. That seems to be a universal truth. We don’t like others standing over us in judgment.