At the root of all sin is a failure to love. Loving God and loving others sums up the whole law. Salvation is God sending His Son to die for your lack of love–either your failure to love God or love others–and giving you a heart to love. –excerpts from Ron Crisp’s Sunday Evening Sermon
Sunday Morning | The Relation of the Law to Sin | Romans 7:6-13 | Steve Wainright
“What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.'” -Romans 7:7
Sunday Morning Sermon Audio – Overabounding Grace | Romans 5:12-21 (Steve Wainright)
“Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” -Romans 5:20-21
-excerpts from Pastor Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon
This Week’s Sermon Audio:
Wednesday Evening – Never Disappointed | Ezekiel 17 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Morning – Overabounding Grace | Romans 5:12-21 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Evening – Giver of Life (audio coming soon!) | John 5:24-30 (Anthony Vance)
-excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon
Sunday Morning Sermon: Dressed in His Righteousness | Romans 3:21-23 | Steve Wainright
“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction…” -Romans 3:21-22
There is a great division between man and God, but God has solved this problem! The law was given so it could warn man that he needed a sacrifice for his sins. At the same time God gave the law in the Old Testament, He provided the sacrificial lamb to give the righteousness of God. The law wasn’t good enough. The righteousness we need comes to us by faith in Christ.
-excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Galatians 3:15-22 | The Law & The Promise (Audio)
“But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” -Galatians 3:22
The covenant of the law has a different function from the covenant of the promise. The law shows we are lawbreakers who deserve the wrath of God. The law was given so that we might look to Christ.
The law shows our inability in the flesh to please God. The law demands perfection and we are all cursed. No one is justified by the law, but by FAITH.
And they said to Him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink.” And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? –Luke 5:33-34
The self-righteous Pharisees were concerned only about the outside and what other people thought. God looks at the heart and that’s where the Gospel takes effect. “To obey is better than sacrifice.” Obedience is a heart issue. And the heart of our problems is the problem of the heart.
vs. 33– These prayers and fasting were rituals for the Pharisees and were nothing more than a show for men. The religion of God’s kingdom is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees couldn’t figure out why Jesus’ followers were partying when they were “supposed” to be fasting. They were celebrating because God had tabernacled among them, pitched His tent, dwelt with them, and was doing awesome things. That was reason to rejoice and throw a party! (We also have reason to rejoice. Christ tabernacled with us and His Spirit dwells in us. 1 Corinthians 3:16)
Judaism is dead. It is just a bunch of rituals.
vs. 36-38– The Gospel will not patch up Judaism. They won’t mix because Judaism is a works-based salvation and the Gospel is grace-based, but produces works. The good new wine is forgiveness of sins and Christ living in & through you. (Salvation by law & grace don’t mix. Galatians 5:4)
vs. 39– Pharisees are so steeped in their ways that they don’t want to even hear the Gospel. They were steeped in their old traditions. (Mark 7:3-13)
You can’t mix works and grace. Salvation is ALL of grace! Jesus came to save the sinners, not the righteous. (vs. 32)
“For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” -Romans 8:3-4
“It is a blow to our spiritual ego to be told that everything has already been done. Yet that is the glory of the gospel.” -Mike Horton
For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. -Romans 8:3-4
Never forget that what God required you couldn’t do…Christ did it for you…His grace is your hope. -Paul Tripp via Twitter