Faith Righteousness (How to Be Blessed) (Romans 4:1-8)

Faith Righteousness (How to Be Blessed) (Romans 4:1-8)

Is anyone here from the South, like Georgia or South Carolina? That area? Any of you have family that live in the South? So, those of you who know, what does “bless your heart” mean? Yeah, it kind of means you’re an idiot, right? I read about a foreign exchange student from Korea who stayed with a family in the South for 2 years while in high school. It was challenging for him to learn English, but Southern idioms were the hardest. A day or two before he returned home to Korea after…continue reading →
The Righteousness of God for All (Romans 3:21-31)

The Righteousness of God for All (Romans 3:21-31)

Maybe I’m weird, but there’s a small part of me that kind of misses being a kid and going to school and getting grades. Anybody else like that? At school, you could always expect to get a grade based on your performance. And even though that led to a lot of anxiety, and I’m definitely glad I don’t have to do that anymore, there was a certain kind of security in knowing what you could expect. Whether you got good grades or bad grades, it was, in a way, comforting to know that…continue reading →
Why You’re Dying and What You Can Do About It (Romans 2:12-29)

Why You’re Dying and What You Can Do About It (Romans 2:12-29)

I read a story about two little mischievous boys, ages 8 and 10. They were always getting into trouble, and their parents knew that if any mischief occurred in their town, it was probably one of her sons. So, not knowing where to turn, their mother turned to her pastor. She asked him to come and talk with them, and maybe remind them that God is everywhere and see what they do. So the pastor came to her home and sat down with the younger boy and their mother, and asked the boy,…continue reading →
The Wrath of God for All (Part 1) (Romans 1:18-32)

The Wrath of God for All (Part 1) (Romans 1:18-32)

Not including my brother, I remember being in two fights with other kids growing up, and in each of the fights, it was because I was standing up to a bully. I remember the first time, I was in like the third grade, and there was a bully on the playground who pushed me to the ground, and I jumped up and started swinging at him. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that approach, but it was probably pretty funny because the guy was like three times my size. The second fight I remember being…continue reading →
The Gospel for All (Romans 1:8-17)

The Gospel for All (Romans 1:8-17)

You’ve probably noticed this, but we often say and do a lot of things that just don’t make a lot of sense. Like, have you ever said the phrase, “It’s always in the last place that you look?” Well, of course it’s always in the last place that you look! Because you wouldn’t continue to look for it once you found it, would you? And have you ever said, “Knock, knock” while entering a house? Why do we do that? We’re already in the house! My son Cory sent me this picture this…continue reading →
The Victorious Gospel (Romans 1:1-7)

The Victorious Gospel (Romans 1:1-7)

You’ve probably seen this illustration before. In the illustration, there are six blind men all touching various parts of an elephant. One touches the trunk and thinks that the elephant is like a snake. Another touches a tusk and thinks that the elephant is like a spear. Another tries to reach his arms around a massive leg and thinks that the elephant is like a large tree, and so on. The illustration of the blind men and the elephant is most often used to say that religious people tend to argue with each…continue reading →
Reconciling the World to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)

Reconciling the World to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)

We’re going to be looking at 2 Corinthians 5, so go ahead and turn there. While you do, I want to start by asking you a quick question. What’s your goal for today? What do you want to do? Take just a few seconds to leave it in the chat, and as you read other responses, encourage one another. I’ll give you just a minute to do that. What’s your goal for today? [pause to discuss] So my goal for today is just to get a little rest and enjoy spending time with…continue reading →
That the World Might Believe (John 17:21)

That the World Might Believe (John 17:21)

We’re going to talk this morning about unity. [Unity Movie Montage] The cool thing about the church is that even when we’re apart, we can and should have unity. Having church in this format always allows us to do things just a little different, so I like to take advantage of that. So, to start out, I want to do something that I can only do via video, and not in person, and that’s this. [snaps fingers, clothes instantly change] [NEW LOOK] I love doing that. Here, let’s do it again. [snaps fingers]…continue reading →