Our Inner Struggle

William C. Brownson

READ : Romans 7:1-25 What cure can there be for our agonizing inner conflict? Welcome, dear friends, to another in our series on the heart of the gospel, studies in the letter to the Romans, chapters 1-8. Today it’s chapter 7, a very powerful explanation about the continuing struggle that believers continue to have, even after they are justified and united with Christ in death and resurrection. Here’s a sample of the way the apostle Paul talks about that inner …

Crucified and Risen With Christ

William C. Brownson

READ : Romans 6:1-23 What does it mean for our daily living that we have died and been raised with Christ? Welcome, dear friends, to this seventh in our series on the heart of the gospel, studies in Romans chapters 1-8. We’ve been emphasizing the gift of justification by faith. Through simple trust in Jesus Christ who died for us we are totally forgiven and accepted by God. We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ and the …

How Great God's Love!

William C. Brownson

READ : Romans 5:1-11 What shows us how greatly we are loved by God? Welcome, friends, to this sixth in our series on the heart of the Christian faith, the heart of the gospel, from Romans, chapters 1-8. We’ve talked about: (1) what the gospel is, and how all the evil in the world comes from our suppression of the truth about God, (2) how wrong it is to judge others since we are all under the power of sin. …

Abraham – Pioneer (Leader) of Faith

William C. Brownson

READ : Romans 4:1-25 What can Abraham and David teach us about real faith? Abraham’s Faith in God Now today Paul wants to show us that this theme of salvation by faith is not a new thing! In fact, faith has always been the way God accepts people, beginning with Abraham. Listen to these words from chapter 4. Abraham, long ago, is our leader into faith. What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to …

God’s Way of Making Things Right

William C. Brownson

READ : Romans 3:1-21 What is God’s strategy for making right all that we have made wrong?     Introduction (review) Welcome, friends, to this fourth in our series on the heart of the Christian faith from the first eight chapters of Paul’s letter to the Romans! We’ve talked about the blessed effects of the gospel and Paul’s eagerness to proclaim it – how he’s not ashamed because it’s God’s power to save, God’s way of making things right with …

Chosen Ones Needing Grace

William C. Brownson

READ : Romans 2:1-19 Welcome, friends, to this third in our series on the heart of the Christian faith, messages from the first eight chapters of the letter to the Romans. We’ve thought about the marvelous effects of this letter in the history of God’s people—transformed lives and renewal of the church. At the center of Romans is the gospel. It is the power of God for salvation. Paul is not ashamed of it, and feels a great obligation to …