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Gospel of Romans: Power in the Holy Spirit14th April 2013 | David Bareham
David has a slightly different approach to his message today. He reads the first thirty verses of Romans 8 and breaks it into three manageable chunks for us to listen to and he gives us the opportunity to discuss each section. We are asked to list the main points of each reading and then he gives us his view and expands on each one. The three main headings are ‘Powerful truths to live by’, ‘Sanctification’ and finally, ‘Security’.
Under these headings, there are some powerful statements and David passionately opens up what all of this means to us and he explains that because Jesus died for us on the cross, we have an obligation to take hold of these statements and change our lives in a way that is pleasing to God.
Gospel of Romans: grace shows the law is good7th April 2013 | Malcolm Sullivan
Malcolm briefly touches on two points from David’s message last time about us moving from the Kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of light and expands on that in his teaching today. He uses the marriage between a man and a woman as an example to help us to understand the reading from Roman’s 7. He also shows us that Eve was the first instance of us as humans bringing sin into the world. The moment she ate the forbidden fruit, she was ‘dead’ to the life that God had promised us.
We are encouraged not to lust after our old life. We have packed up, moved house and we have no need to go back!
Gospel of Romans: Grace is not a Licence24th March 2013 | David Bareham
David reads the whole of chapter 6 this morning and breaks it down into bite size chunks to help us understand what Paul is saying. We hear that by God’s grace we are saved, our sins are forgiven, we are justified and we are sanctified. David tells us that because of the forgiveness that God’s grace gives us, that doesn’t mean we can carry on sinning….’No’….we have to change our ways to become more like Him! When God forgives us of our sins, we leave our old life behind. We have packed up and ‘moved house’ and have started a new life in a new place!
Gospel of Romans: Three men of great impact17th March 2013 | Alastair Windus
Before hearing from Romans, Alastair gives us a summary of how sin and death came into the world through Adam in Genesis. Alastair reminds us that we are all born selfish and that we have to be taught how to be nice, kind and caring. He answers the question ‘How can I be held responsible for something that Adam did all that time ago’. We have life through Christ. He died on the cross so that we can be justified and not condemned. We also receive the gift of righteousness. Under Adam, we have, sin, condemnation and death. But in Jesus, we have, Righteousness, justification and life.
Gospel of Romans: Good to Go11th March 2013 | Leon Ringelmann
What makes us ‘Good to Go’ for the Gospel? After an explanation of how the actor Daniel Day Lewis uses method acting to really get into the character, Leon tells us that in Romans 5 we are encouraged to learn ‘Method Christianity’. We are justified through faith; we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. But, we must not try to emulate Christ – He will find us where we are and He will come into our lives and make us secure in Him.
Gospel of Romans: Less Is More24th February 2013 | Leon Ringelmann
To set the scene for today’s message, Leon uses a high profile court case in session at the moment to help us visualise our teaching for this morning. God is the judge of all the earth and the evidence is stacked against us. Every human on earth is sinful before God. We are taught today that we are to rely less on trying to muddle through ourselves. This will allow us to rely more on God and to build a better relationship with Him.