2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. As a church we will journey through Romans, which contains the scripture pivotal for Luther’s understanding of justification. This will be not only a year of remembrance and celebration, but one where we together seek to examine our own lives, and to see every aspect Re-Formed by God.
Pastor Matt Wipperman
Focus: Slavery is a terrible thing. We were conceived as indentured servants to sin. However, in our baptism, we become believers in the redeeming Person of Jesus Christ. We now have a choice: hear and respond to the call of God and live in righteousness as directed by the Holy Spirit; or, listen and respond to the call of sin which leads to death. You have been delivered from sin by Jesus. So why choose death over life? After all, Jesus said:”I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Main Text: Romans 6:14-23
Focus: Humanity is mortal. We are closer to death today than we were yesterday and the appointed time will come whether we like it or not. However, those of us who have been baptized in Jesus Christ have already died. We have shared in His death on the Cross where He defeated sin and the devil once and for all time. This is the “Good Death” because those who have died in baptism have been declared righteous and stand justified from sin. If we are dead to sin why dwell in it? Resist it and live the Gospel life. Main Text: Romans 6:1-14
Focus: Adam and Jesus are two combatants locked in a life and death struggle. Adam’s disobedience results in sin and death for all. The Law only compounds Adam’s trespass by multiplying humanity’s guilt. Jesus is the “anti-Adam” and the antidote for the consequence of sin which is eternal separation from God. Christ always prevails over all the consequences of Adam! The reign of sin and death is overcome by the reign of grace and life. In Jesus, grace overflowed above and beyond sin and the victory is assured for those who receive His gifts by faith. We don’t deserve it but He earned it so live the Gospel life because you are His forever! Main Text: Romans 5:12-21
Pastor Matt Wipperman
Focus: God’s timing is always perfect. He sent His Son Jesus to redeem sinners at just the right time. He sends trials into our lives at just the right time to draw us ever closer to Jesus and sustain us in the true faith. He declared us righteous through Jesus Christ at just the right time. He is a God who reaches out and takes the initiative to restore the relationship that was broken through no fault of His own. God is personal, seeking, caring, and forgiving. How do we know that? Because Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Main Text: Romans 5:1-11