Designed for Hope

Hope…Perseverance…Action – We get to be part of God’s victory. He could use stones if He wanted, but He chooses to use us!

The Remedy to Right the Wrongness – Romans 10:9-21

Paul takes his conversation about the Gospel earlier in Romans 10 to where it naturally flows—action. Like a parent correcting one child while glancing over at the others to ensure they are learning a lesson, Paul calls us to learn history as to not repeat it. In essence, “learn from Israel’s mistake and REPENT!”

Paul outlines the necessity of confession and belief in Christ Alone and he encourages the believers in Rome to see no distinctions between themselves and the Jews but rather, evangelize them. Paul calls the believers and us to honor the Great Commission as more than just the Great Suggestion. He calls us to obey Christ and mobilize with a heart of compassion.

Who has God placed in your life, called you to serve or asked you to love with the purpose of sharing the life-giving, window-rattling, eternity-changing Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ?

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The Reasons for a Wrong Righteousness

Paul is clear in Romans 10 that it is possible to be righteous but still be an enemy of God. How is this possible? Paul uses the Nation of Israel to outline how easy it is for someone to be right and utterly wrong at the same time. The Key: Bend the Knee. Having righteousness of your own and for your self, without a submission to God and coming to salvation through His Son Jesus Christ, is no salvation at all. It’s safety without salvation. It’s not a real, able and lasting salvation, it’s a plastic one—it’s futile. Choosing Jesus and trusting in Him by grace alone through faith alone is letting go of your insignificant, sinking rescue life raft in a stormy sea and fully setting foot on the rescue ship provided for you. You need to abandon one to get on the other. Trust Jesus! Today!

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