When you hear the word "religion" what do you think of? The Jews from the Roman church were banking on their Jewish heritage, knowledge of the law, and their observance of spiritual rituals to keep themselves in a right relationship with God. But religious experiences and activities don't make us right with God.
We often think of ourselves as better than most, maybe not the best of the best but certainly better than that guy. The problem is being better than others isn't enough. Pastor Steve Newman takes a look at what it means to be sinful and deserving of wrath. We need God.
Romans is a book about good news, but before the good news is good we need to understand why the bad news is so bad. Paul runs us through a laundry list of Sins and how they separate us from a good God. He shows us how we have suppressed the truth of God for a lie. The point isn't to try harder to be good, the point is we need a good God and we need the good news.
Romans is all about Good News. This week we start a new study on the book of Romans. Romans is one of the most important books in the Bible, and the study of Romans has led many to really understand the core principals of the Gospel (Good News). This is a poetic introduction to Pauls letter to the church in Rome. Discussion questions are included below.
Steve Steele, Pastor of Community Life