This week Bill Sullivan preached on God's power through suffering from Romans 5:1-5.
The wondrous and joy giving truth of the gospel is that while we were enemies of God, He sent Jesus to die for the ungodly. We are totally undeserving, weak and unable to save ourselves. But God has demonstrated his love for us and His holiness in sending Jesus to die for sinners. It is only through Jesus' death and life that we receive reconciliation to God.
As we celebrated our national freedom this weekend, this week's sermon focused on our spiritual freedom in Jesus. Far more liberating and wonderful is our freedom from the law of sin and death. For God has done what we could not in that he has set us free through Jesus. This week's message exposits Romans 8:1-11 and the very heart of the gospel.
Prayer is vital and central to the Christian life. Prayer is a unique privilege in which we draw near through the work of Jesus, to God our Father to intentionally convey a message to God. In prayer we engage and encounter God.
We all need hope. Without hope we despair. So we will instinctively seek out people or things to hope in, a relationship, our health, job security, but eventually, all of these things will fail us. None of them can stand up under the crushing weight of our hope. Our God is a God of hope. A God who keeps his Word, a God who is trustworthy and powerful, fully capable to accomplish all He has said He will do. And the incarnation of Jesus is proof of this. Through Jesus, the promises of God come to fruition. And it is by believing in Jesus and his resurrection that we can have hope, hope that can withstand any earthly trial or affliction.