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Missions, Romans, and Bethel Church

Gospel Mission was Paul’s “Oblitunity” (and Ours as Well) “I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.” (Romans 1:14–15 ESV) “Oblitunity” is a word we like to use around Bethel.…

If Abraham was Saved by Faith Alone, Then…

All Jews and All Gentiles Can be Saved by Faith Alone “Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after,…

Human Pride and Salvation by Faith Alone

Look who I am! “Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.” (Romans 3:29-30 ESV) The key phrase here is, “since God is one.” He is clearly addressing…

Christ Appeases the Father’s Anger

“Through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be…

Our Righteousness from God

“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: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are…

None Righteous Before God, Only One

The Verdict “What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;…

Mr. Synagogue Confronts Mr. Apostle

Is Israel’s Unfaithfulness an Indication of God’s Unfaithfulness? “What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.” (Romans 3:3-4 ESV)…

The Impartial God and Our Coming Evaluation

“For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles,…

Sex: It’s About More Than You Think

What Sex is About Every generation thinks they discovered sex or somehow improved it. Ironically, it is the oldest thing about us. Despite all these centuries, if you were to ask the average person on the street, what is sex about? I doubt they would have much more than a, “Dude, come on. It’s sex.…

Your God Won’t Save You, But Jesus…

“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” (Romans 1:24–25 ESV) Embrace the Lie: Something Other Than…