Sermons on “Romans”
The time of Paul was a male-oriented one, where women were typically not regarded for their thoughts. A woman was to be seen; not heard. Yet, in his letter to the Romans, Paul cites several women – by name – as worthy of recognition in their service to the early church.View Sermon
Jesus commanded us to spread the gospel across the world. So, what’s your gospel-sharing style? Direct? Intellectual? Personal testimony? In today’s message, Miguel identifies at least 6 sharing styles that we can use in carrying out the Lord’s command. But for many of us, it’s more difficult to carry out than it sounds. There’s one thing that often gets in the way. Miguel reveals what that is – and how to overcome it!View Sermon
Israel: a nation-state occupying a tiny strip of land on the Mediterranean Sea. Through the ages, this land has been fought over repeatedly. But according to The Bible, that land was given by God to the Jewish people as an inheritance and a promise.
Israel existed as an independent nation until 606 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar began taking his first Hebrew captives. In 587 B.C., the Temple was destroyed and the Jewish people were taken captive by the Babylonians; a captivity that lasted some 70 years. God permitted these events against His people because of their disobedience. However, this “stiff-necked people” did not repent and so, they went on to be conquered by the Persians, the Greeks and the Romans. Yet, unlike other civilizations which were totally wiped from existence at some point (i.e. the Mayans, Aztecs, Incans and Sumerians), the Jewish people REMAIN as a uniquely identifiable “people” to this very day!
The Apostle Paul points out that we non-Jews (Gentiles) have benefited from Israel’s failure to recognize the Messiah. As a result, we too, now share in God’s promises, blessings and inheritance. In short, God’s salvation has come to the entire world (both Jew and non-Jew) BECAUSE of the Jews… not in spite of them.
In May of 1948, Israel officially became a sovereign nation again. However, the plight of the Jewish people did not cease. In 1967, Israel was forced to defend herself against military actions by Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Miraculously, Israel won that war in just 6 days! Out of the 3 main battles came written reports of God’s intervention and angelic occurrences… including reports from the Jordanians who reported seeing a “cavalry army in the sky.” There is also the strange account that when the Egyptian army retreated to cross the Suez Canal, they were “unarmed.” Coincidence? Or evidence that the Jews are God’s people and God is intent on defending them even today? The message is clear: woe to those nations who go against Israel and attempt to divide the land God has promised her! America should take heed.
How do you measure up? It depends upon the stick you use. If other “not so good” people are your basis of comparison, you may look pretty good. But do you get the same result when compared to God’s law? And if that’s the standard, who can possibly measure up to it? Not even the apostle Paul – writer of two-thirds of the New Testament epistles! Paul – the man who first persecuted the new Christian believers, and then became one himself – calls himself a “wretched man.” Thankfully, our hope of measuring up comes thru the saving grace of our Lord and Savior, Yeshua (Jesus)…. because He did away with the Law. Or did He?View Sermon
Guilty as sin! In fact, God calls us His enemies. Yikes! And if our GOOD works are as filthy rags before the LORD, what possible hope can we have of reconciliation with the Creator? Thankfully, God has a plan! All WE have to do is…View Sermon