Studies in Romans #3: A Final Thought

A final thought on our third study in Romans 1:16 yesterday morning (June 28, 2015) entitled, “I Am Not Ashamed.”

Isn’t the providence of God so amazing? Unbeknownst to any of us this past week, the U.S. Supreme Court would rule that same-sex marriage is legal in all fifty states and the next text in our series through Romans would be 1:16 on Paul’s being unashamed of the gospel; and coming soon will be 1:18–32 where Paul describes God’s giving over societies to idolatry and sexual immorality. Nothing comes by chance but everything comes by the almighty and everywhere present power of God’s Fatherly hand. So here are a couple of thoughts to retrospective of 1:16 and prospective of 1:18–32.

1. Jesus Christ is just as much Lord and King of the universe and our lives after Friday’s ruling as he was on Thursday! Thus we should not be afraid but fully confident in him. He’s preserved his church this far against far greater odds and he’ll do it again, and again, and again as he’s doing in parts of the world where there is serious persecution.

2. Now that our government and society have put their stamp of approval on turning away from God’s revelation in his Word and relied on the words of men for reality, we need to re-double our efforts to know the Word of God, memorize Scripture, and be able to give the reason for our hope when asked.

3. We need to pray for, love, befriend, and welcome any sinner like ourselves, including those who identify as LGBTQ. These neighbors of ours are image-bearers of God, have inherent dignity and worth, are worthy of our love, are in need of meeting Jesus in our midst, and need to learn how to become disciples of Jesus.

4. We need to have honest and open conversations with our children about God’s creation, about the effects of our sinful condition, and about human identity and sexuality. Don’t wait.

May God make us such a church! I look forward to seeing you soon.

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