God’s Eternal Love Secures His Church

Text: Romans 8:26-39
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We would do well to spend more time reflecting on God’s commitment toward us. We don’t merely slip into the Kingdom, rather we overwhelmingly conquer through the blood and righteousness of Christ. Despite tribulation that will come to us all, we have bulletproof faith as we are inseparable from God whose love will not let us go.

God’s Love and Fondness for You

Text: Romans 8:31-34
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Do you realize that God not only loves you, but He likes you, too? Luther captured the idea that we are simultaneously sinners and saints, so we need to preach the gospel to ourselves daily as it tends to leak out of us. God’s covenant, agape love for us means that the Father got what He paid for. Not one drop of His Son’s blood was wasted. Jesus now intercedes for us from the right hand of the Father, securing our place as children of God.

God Causes …

Text: Romans 8:28-30
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In the “golden chain of salvation” outlined in today’s text, it’s crucial to take God at His word even when it’s challenging to fully understand it. Wrestling with the concepts of God’s providence, His purpose and His predestination brings the Christian real security, real humility and leads us into real worship.

Suffering and Glory

Text: Romans 8:18-27
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In America, we don’t suffer that much as Christians compared to the church throughout history and around the globe today. We deal more with “first world problems”. Yet all lives are touched by suffering and in today’s text we see how all creation groans, how we as believers groan and, even more significantly, how God groans with and for us as we see his compassion and our future glory.

To the Children of God

Text: Romans 8:12-17
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The Christian has been adopted into the family of God, with access to our Father and the promise of an inheritance as fellow heirs with Christ. This leads us into a life of repentance, along with evidence of our status as we are convicted of sin by the Spirit, with growing assurance of our salvation and encouragement in suffering.

No Hell for Those in Christ Jesus

Text: Romans 8:1-11
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Following Paul’s treatment of his brutal struggle with sin in chapter 7, we turn now to the free gift of the gospel in chapter 8. There is no condemnation, no hell, but only for those who are in Christ, who are in relationship with the one who suffered hell for us as the propitiation for our sin.

The Christian’s Fight

Text: Romans 7
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The struggle that a believer faces is different than that of the unbeliever. As Luther reminds us, the Christian is simultaneously a sinner and saint along the road of sanctification. The Law of God continues to convict us of sin which drives us more deeply into the covenant love of God as we long to grow in grace, even as we look forward to our future glorification when the temptation to sin will be entirely vanquished.

Proper Swearing

Text: Exodus 20:1-21, Deuteronomy 10:20
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The epistle of James warns us our tongues can be used powerfully to cause damage, so it’s good to use caution in our speech. Nonetheless, there are appropriate settings for the Christian to use lawful vows and oaths, in God’s name alone and inviting His presence and power.

Slaves, We Are

Text: Romans 6:15-23
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Bob Dylan famously sang “You gotta serve somebody….” Apart from Christ, we once were slaves to sin. In the freedom from sin that comes by grace through faith in Christ, we are now commanded to present ourselves into a new slavery to righteousness, one that leads to our sanctification and brings glory to God.

The Purpose of Grace

Text: Romans 5:20-6:14
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As the Christian enjoys the grace of repentance, they will develop an increasing intolerance of and distaste for sin. The purpose of God’s grace is to transform us to look like Jesus and so carry out his commission for us. Be encouraged in your struggle against sin as evidence that the Holy Spirit is at work in you.