Romans, Lesson 18: Not unto Us, but God

Mercy and Compassion

When we take in the macro structure of Romans, we find:   Romans 1-8: God’s inclusion of the Gentiles Romans 9-11: God’s inclusion of Israel Romans 12-15: Gentiles and Jews getting along   Has God’s Word Failed?  A Look into the Past Read Romans 9:6-9 “counted”: Greek, logizmai, credited, “reckoned.”  This is the same word […]

David, Lesson 2: A Man Fleeing for His Life

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Relations between Saul and David worsen while it grows stronger with Saul’s son, Jonathan.  Jonathan talked some sense into his father and his pursuit to murder David stopped.  Still suspicious, however, Saul again tries to kill David, the “rival” to his throne.  David was not safe at the royal court or any permanent residence.  He, […]

Understanding New-Covenant Worship as the Fulfillment of the Old

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This lesson is part of individualized instruction in adult catechesis.  A deeper understanding of the origins of Christian worship and how it developed was desired.  Here it is. Cultural Assumptions in Worship Today, many in the Church assume if God doesn’t forbid something, we may incorporate such a practice into worship.  Such a view is […]

The Parable of the Sower Resown

Parable of the Sower

This is our pastor’s article for our congregation’s newsletter for February 2017.   The farmer trundles into the field to plant the seed.  You think the farmer blind, for he scatters his seeds like a crazy, reckless, unpredictable man.  Is he a farmer, at all? The seeds scatter on asphalt and gravel, among the weeds […]

Romans, Lesson 17: Christ is Our Super-Conqueror

Christ, the Conqueror

Still on the topic of suffering in this world, Paul points us to the new world to come.  From the past into the future, God keeps us in His care: He foreknew, predestined, called, justifies, and will glorify us in splendor on the Last Day.   How then do we respond? Read Romans 8:31 What […]

David, Lesson 1: Introduction; David as a Shepherd, Youth, and Warrior

David and Goliath

Introduction In seven lessons, we will look into David’s life, who becomes the great king of Israel.  The lessons, right now, are structured as such: David as a shepherd, youth, and warrior: 1 Samuel 16 – 20 David, a man fleeing for his life: 1 Samuel 21 – 2 Samuel 1 David as King of […]

Romans, Lesson 16: Living in Christian Hope

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In this life, we will experience suffering, for we live in a fallen world.  “In Christ,” His suffering is ours—even if we are not suffering for being Christians.  If we are in Him, we have what He gives us, which includes being glorified with Him on the Last Day.  We know how the story ends—and […]

Romans, Lesson 15: Life in the Spirit Directs us to Our Redemption

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Paul is now going full bore into what it means to be living life in the Spirit.  This life in the Spirit is the Christian reality because the Christian is “in Christ,” which Paul earlier revealed takes place in baptism (Romans 3:3-5).   Life according to the Spirit and according to the flesh Read Romans […]

Romans, Lesson 14: In Christ

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We finished our last lesson half way through Romans, chapter 7, where Paul began to use the first-person pronoun “I” a lot.  He was using a rhetorical technique called “prosopopoeia,” where he writes to represent, not himself, but the typical experience of every Jew when confronted by the Law.   In Romans 7:5-6, Paul contrasted life […]

Romans, Lesson 13: The Real Culprit is Sin, not the Law

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In the last half of Romans 6, Paul ran with the idea that someone only has one of two possible masters: sin or God.  He finished with a different comparison, that of a military commanding officer (by using “wages” which was a term referring to military pay).   If God is not your commanding officer, Sin […]