Thursday, September 22, 2016

Further Thoughts on Romans 5

The Apostle Paul reminds us of God's grace was extended to us, while we were still sinners. As you reflect on your own sin and the grand story of God's grace perhaps take time to consider what your life or the world would look like if grace reigned rather than sin and death.

Think about an area of your life, our community, or the world that demonstrates the brokenness of sin. What would that area look like if there was a reign of grace rather than a reign of death?

Spend some time recording your thoughts in a journal or in a poem.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Christ Died for Each Individual Person

As we prepare to look at Romans 5 this Sunday at ECHO at #fbcborocollege I came across this commentary on some of the key verses in the chapter. The following is from Luke Timothy Johnson, a renowned New Testament scholar, in his book Reading Romans
Indeed, what "commends God's love for us" is this remarkable fact: "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (5:8). We note again how Paul has personalized the entire transaction. Not "others" were the sinners, but "we were sinners." Christ died not on behalf of a faceless humanity but for each individual human person.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Reflections from Romans 4

Ways Justification Changes Us
Adapted from Tim Keller’s Romans 1-7 for You.

  1. No Boasting: (v. 2-3, 20) Our righteousness is credited and received, gives us the chance to practice humility

  1. No Cowering: (v. 6-8) We know we are sinful, and we know our sins are covered. Sins are not counted against us and righteousness is credited, which should produce joy and gratitude.

  1. A Great Identity: (v. 12-17) We are included in the great plan of human history through the faith of Abraham.

  1. Complete Assurance: (v. 16) The promise of inheriting the earth and receiving new life is all grace. It relies on God’s work and ability and not mine. This enables us to live without fear of the future.

  1. Hope when hope is gone: (v. 18) There was no hope for Abraham and Sarah except God’s promises. There is hope for us through Jesus Christ alone.

Spend some time this week reflecting on the way that justification changes us. Which is most precious to you today and why? Which most challenges the way you see yourself and your life and why?