Scripture Study

What Marriage Isn’t

1. Marriage isn’t the History Channel. Old battles don’t need to be revisited on a regular basis 2. Marriage isn’t a theatrical performance. Substance counts more than show. 3. Marriage isn’t a political rally. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. 4. Marriage isn’t a computer. There’s no limit to the amount of good memories you […]

The failure of religion

“For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” Does that strike a familiar chord? If we are honest with ourselves, we would all have to admit that there are times when that is the cry of our being. In the latter part of Romans 7 Paul helps us to understand the source of this dilemma in our lives.

Til Death Do Us Part

We have commonly heard this as a part of wedding vows but it is also a significant spiritual truth. In Romans 7:1-6 Paul uses the marriage covenant as an illustration of a spiritual principle that is vital in one’s Christian experience.

Whose slave are you?

Everyone is a slave to something. In some cases, the enslavement is more obvious than others. It’s easy to think of addictions such as drugs, alcohol, or eating-disorders, but others are less obvious. The Apostle Paul says we are all slaves of one of two things: either sin which leads to shame and death or obedience which leads to righteousness and life. So what does it look like to be a slave of God?

Living in the past, present, and future

Some people live their lives in the past, either reminiscing about “the good ol’ days” or burdened some event or hurt that keeps them from being able to move forward. Others live in the future, always hoping for something better and dreaming about a better life, but unable to enjoy the present. Some just live “in the moment.” The apostle Paul gave us instructions on where we should live.

It’s not fair!

When we look at the biblical account of sin entering world, we may feel inclined to say, “It’s not fair!” because we are stuck with the consequences of Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden. Why do I have to pay for his mistake? Here’s the biblical perspective on this, from Romans 5.

For Whom Would You be Willing to Die?

In Romans 5:7 Paul challenges our thinking and suggests that for “a righteous man” that scarcely any would be willing to die, but perhaps for “a good man”, some may be daring enough to die.

Peace with God or Peace of God

Paul tells us in Romans 5:1 that for those who been justified by faith, that is they have received a right standing before God, “have peace with God.” As a result, we have the future hope (or assurance) of sharing in God’s glory.

One small word

Romans 5:1 begins with a single word, “Therefore…” It’s a word that’s easy to overlook. But it’s incredibly significant. Whenever the Bible uses the word “therefore” we need to pay careful attention to what has been said previously because it lays the foundation for principles to follow. Let’s take a moment and review what Paul […]