The New Reformation 10: Matters of Personal Conscience

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Should Christians drink alcohol? Do Yoga? Celebrate Halloween? The answer to these kinds of questions isn’t actually cut and dry. Therefore, we have liberty to live according to our personal conscience. Romans 14 lays out a strategy to navigate disagreements what behaviors are acceptable for Christians. This message will liberate you from being the behavior police and empower you to … Read More

The New Reformation 9: Understanding Romans 9 (Part 2)

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We finish discussing Romans 9. What does Paul mean by vessels of wrath and vessels of mercy? Are these fixed from all eternity or can vessels of wrath be changed by the grace of God into vessels of mercy? We argue for the latter in a really encouraging message! Download this Message Download the Notes

The New Reformation 8: Understanding Romans 9 (Part 1)

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Romans 9 is a difficult passage of scripture. What we argue is that God is not choosing specific individuals for salvation and damnation (double predestination). Rather He has chosen that we approach Him through faith rather than works. Many Jewish people in Paul’s day, and many religious people today, still stumble at this stumbling stone. Download this Message Download the … Read More

The New Reformation 7: Victory Over the Old Man

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In Romans 7, Paul describes his personal struggle against the sin principle or “Old Man.” Does this description apply to believers? Or is Paul talking about his life before Jesus? Should we expect to always be hindered by sin? Or are we empowered to live lives transformed by the power of God? Download this Message Download the Notes

The New Reformation 6: Mature Reasons for Holiness

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Paul describes moving from the Old Covenant to the New as similar to moving from childhood to adulthood. As kids, we often do things for immature reasons (even if they’re the right things). In adulthood, those motivations go away, and we have to embrace mature reasons for making good decisions. Let’s leave fear of judgement in the Old Testament and … Read More

The New Reformation 5: The Reign of Grace

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Once we know that we are justified by faith, not by avoiding sin or doing good works, several amazing things happen. We start to have peace and consistency in our relationship with God. We have confidence that He won’t be mad at us and has patience with us in our growth process. And most of all, grace begins to reign … Read More

The New Reformation 4: Faith, Works, and Righteousness

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Romans 3 and 4 teach us that rightesouness is a free gift from God that cannot be earned, we simply receive it by faith. If that is true, why does James say that we are also justified by our works? Balancing these two passages of scripture gives us a clear picture that salvation is indeed by faith alone, but that … Read More

The New Reformation 3: The Scandalous Free Gift of Righteousness

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Romans 1 and 2 demonstrate humanity’s need for righteousness, but just what does it mean to be righteous? It’s far more than just being right with God–it’s the transformation of our nature so that we become one with our Father! Being righteous gives us access to all the promises of God and ensures that we are forever in connection to … Read More

The New Reformation 2: The 3 Plans of Man

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Romans reveals God’s plan for saving man by making men right with Him through faith. Before explaining this plan in depth, Paul spends most of Romans 1 and 2 proving to us that we need a new plan because we aren’t able to get right with God on our own. As we let go of our own self-efforts and fully … Read More

The New Reformation 1: The Social and Theological Background

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Romans is a masterpiece of theology. In this message, we give you some background on the book. It seeks to answer the question, how does one find salvation? Or How is one made right with God? When Paul tells us the answer, he’s telling us not just how to be saved from hell, but how to be rescued from all … Read More