15 May The Gospel is For Everyone
As you have already, no doubt, figured out, we are in the middle of a series on Sundays going through the book of Romans.
For some, Romans is their favorite book; for others, not so much.
For many years as a brand new Christian, I loved it. I loved trying to trace Paul’s thoughts on what the Gospel is, how it works and what it does in the world.
For a while after that, it has lagged for me as other parts of Scripture emerged as more meaningful and “helpful” to me, such as the Psalms and Proverbs, or even the Gospels or a more “inspirational” Epistle, such as Ephesians.
But what I hope we can all experience as we move through the book is not just the mind of Paul, but the heart of God for the world and for all its broken places.
To be sure, Romans has some tough parts, and we will get to those. After all, like my friend Nathan Brown says, we “aren’t trying to protect people from their Bible”!
But what I have come to believe, and know, is this: the tough parts make all the other, “shinier” parts shine all the more clearly. Who can forget the verse in chapter 8 that has launched 1000 songs?
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
That’s good stuff, right there.
Just in case you are keeping score at home, I will be spending a handful of weeks in chapter 1 (so don’t get antsy) and then moving on a little more quickly.
Above all, I hope to make your heart sing each week as you see what your Savior has done for you, and how it leads us to to be a better people on mission in the city.
Much love to you!