Resurrection and Mission

April 3, 2016 Scripture Reading: John 20:19-31 The Resurrection stories are all mission stories. Nowhere is that clearer than in this one. The story is not just about Jesus who is risen and appears to his disciples to prove the resurrection; it is also about the disciples, Jesus’ followers, whom he sends into the world…

Struggling with sin

March 20, 2016 Scripture Reading: Romans 7:1-25 Romans 7 deals with one of the biggest and saddest conundrums in the life of faith – the persistent, pervasive, and stubborn presence of sin in our lives. It is also our greatest frustration and the reason for much pain. Verse 21: “When I want to do good evil…

Dead to sin; Alive to God in Christ

March 13, 2016 Scripture Reading: Romans 6:1-23 In Romans 5 Paul speaks at length about God’s love for sinners. Christ died for us while we were still sinners. God did not turn away from us because of our sin. God turns to us in love and grace. For people who are in Christ, grace, not sin, has…

God’s love for sinners

March 6, 2016 Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-21 Paul begins this passage with a bold statement: “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Think about that … this is huge! We have peace with God. We, who often don’t even have peace with ourselves, who struggle to live in peace in our families,…