Category archives: Romans

Studies in Romans #13: A Final Thought

A final thought on our thirteenth study in Romans 3:21–26 (September 27, 2015) entitled, “The Vocabulary of Salvation.” We all experience how biblically and doctrinally illiterate much of modern Christianity is today. One example of this is Ligonier Ministries’ “The State of Theology” survey. This situation should grieve our hearts as believers. And so it is so necessary to be different and to be catalysts for modern reformation. Why? First, because […]

Studies in Romans #10: A Final Thought

A final thought on our tenth study in Romans 2:17–29 (September 6, 2015) entitled, “Resting in Rite Righteousness.” One of the applications I really wanted to hammer home was about pride. I mentioned that in verses 17–20 Paul listed off six boasts the unbelieving Jews had. Then I applied this to us. As a pastor of a Reformed church, I particularly am sensitive to how we as Reformed Christians can be […]

Studies in Romans #9: A Final Thought

A final thought on our ninth study in Romans 2:6–16 (August 30, 2015) entitled, “The Judge Who Always Gets it Right.” We focused in this sermon on the righteous, impartial, and certain judgment of God on the last day. One application I did not make was the issue of patience. As Christians, we need to speak out for justice in our society, in our church, and in our personal relationships. At […]

Studies in Romans #8: A Final Thought

A final thought on our eighth study in Romans 2:1–5 (August 23, 2015) entitled, “Knowing the Seriousness of God’s Judgment on Sin.” Modern Christianity is so worldly. One of the ways we see this is in the area of the doctrine of sin. Sin is downplayed in so many ways, whether the denial of our being born sinful, or making sin some bad things we do, or in outright never mentioning […]

Studies in Romans #6 & #7: A Final Thought

A final thought on our sixth and seventh studies in Romans 1:18–32 the past two Sunday mornings (August 9/August 16, 2015) entitled, “American Idols” and “God’s Wrath on Our Culture of Death.” This is such a grim text. This is such a blunt text. This is such a depressing text. Humanity has rejected the God who made them, the God they know in their heart of hearts. Humanity has loved itself […]

Studies in Romans #5: A Final Thought

A final thought on our fifth study in Romans 1:17 this past Sunday morning (August 2, 2015) entitled, “What Makes Gospel Preaching So Powerful?” On the one hand I’m sad we’ve finished 1:16–17, but on the other, I’m so grateful to be able to preach such a text to such a receptive congregation. This is one of those Bible texts we really need to memorize and internalize so that we will live the […]

Studies in Romans #4: A Final Thought

A final thought on our fourth study in Romans 1:16 yesterday morning (July 26, 2015) entitled, “A Gospel Church in an Age of Gimmicks.” What an amazing text! The preaching of the gospel is the means God uses to exercise his power to raise the spiritually dead, to give sight to the spiritually blind, to give new hearts to those with hearts of stone, to convert the stubborn will, and to […]