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Series In One Place: Romans - the Brass Tacks of Our Faith

Series In One Place: Romans - the Brass Tacks of Our Faith

The Apostle Paul's letter to the church of Rome, which we find in the Bible, is a wealth of information on the Christian faith. In this short, four-week series, Pastor Stephen leads us in a 10,000 ft overview of Paul's masterpiece focused on the essentials--the foundation, or "brass-tacks"--of the Christian faith.

The Light Has Come: The Trade

Text(s) to Read:

John 1:9-13 NLT

Isaiah 53:3-11 NLT

Main Points:

  • Jesus was rejected by humanity so we could be accepted by God.

    • This was the greatest trade in history: Jesus offers to trade his sinless identity as a child of God in exchange for him taking on himself our identities as law-breaking criminals against God.

      • This trade is birthed in love and given as a gift.

  • Walk in the light of new life and become a child of God.

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Do modern Christians still deal with idolatry?

Jesus won’t stand for idolatry in the church in Pincher Creek, AB Canada

Text to Read: Exodus 20:3-6 NLT

The Main Points:

  • Idolatry’s a big deal to God. He demands everything from us because he has given us everything.

  • God defines an idol as anything that stands between you and being fully devoted to God.

    • Jesus’ example of money (Matthew 6:24)

    • You cannot allow anything to stand in the way of following Jesus completely. He must be your everything (Luke 14:26 NLT)

      • “Sin is building your life and meaning on anything, even a very good thing, more than on God.” - Tim Keller

  • Anything that blocks your whole-hearted devotion to Jesus blocks the fulness of his glory in your life.

    • Ephesians 5:5 NLT

Sin is building your life and meaning on anything, even a very good thing, more than on God.
— Tim Keller

Action Steps:

  1. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the idols in your life and confess your sin of idolatry to him.

  2. Ask God how he wants to change you.

  3. Consider what your first step should be to get rid of your idols.

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