“Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.” -Psalm 97:11
Righteousness is often costly to the man who keeps to it at all hazards, but in the end it will bear its own expenses and return an infinite profit. A holy life is like sowing seed: much is going out, and apparently it is buried in the soil, never to be gathered up again. We are mistaken when we look for an immediate harvest; but the error is very natural, for it seems impossible to bury light. Yet light is “sown,” says the text. It lies latent: none can see it; it is sown. We are quite sure that it must one day manifest itself.
Full sure are we that the Lord has set a harvest for the sower of light, and they shall reap it, each man for himself. Then shall come their gladness. Sheaves of joy for seeds of light. Their heart was upright before the Lord, though men gave them no credit for it, but even censured them: they were righteous, though those about them denounced them as censorious. They had to wait, as husbandmen wait for the precious fruits of the earth: but the light was sown for them, and gladness was being prepared on their behalf by the Lord of the harvest.
Courage, brothers! We need not be in a hurry. Let us in patience possess our souls, for soon shall our souls possess light and gladness.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.-Romans 10:4
The law cannot make anybody righteous, but Christ can. The law cannot make anybody alive, but Christ can. The law cannot make anybody perfect, but Christ can. The law cannot justify anyone, but Christ can.
We don’t trust in anything we can do to get to Heaven. God accepts you, not because of what you do, but because of what Christ has done for you. In Christ, you are forever loved. –excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon
This Week’s SERMON AUDIO
“What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion ya stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.'” -Romans 9:30-33
To the Jews, Jesus was a stumbling block, but to those of us who believe, He is our foundation. If you’re not careful, you’ll miss grace because of your morality and religiosity. Christ Jesus’ righteousness is the only righteousness that will get us into Heaven. –excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon
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
The law causes sin to increase. The law cannot change a person’s heart. The law shines the light on your disobedience. Sin might bring pleasure for a season, but what sin is actually doing is working death in you.
The grace of God is greater than all our sin. Where sin was overflowing, grace overflowed exceedingly above and beyond. If you believe He died for your sins, there should be nothing in your past that can haunt you. It’s not about where you’ve been, but where you’re at.
-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)
“…the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction…” -Romans 3:22
God demands righteousness and God provides righteousness. What His justice demanded, His love has provided in His Son!
-excerpts from Steve Wainright’s 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