- Romans 5:1-5 God’s Gift of Love (Wagner)
When we are willing to “wait” as people of faith, extraordinary things can happen. God’s gift of love can come at any time. Remember, it is free, not something we have to earn. It may, however take time. Meanwhile, we live with hope.
- Romans 5:1-5 Bragging on God (Hyde)
Paul never woke up in the morning saying, “Think I’ll write some holy scripture today.” No. He woke up thinking, “I’ve got to write that church in Corinth and straighten them out! Those churches in Galatia are in a mess. They need to hear from me!” He just couldn’t leave the churches alone.
- Romans 5:1-5 What Is This Trinity? (Brettell)
The Greek word for spirit is pneuma--meaning breath or spirit. Jesus gave up his breath or his spirit. The fully human Jesus died and gave up the fully divine Spirit. He released the Holy Spirit into the world when he died on the cross. Fifty days later, on Pentecost, that Spirit of God—that breath of God—descended upon the Apostles.
- Romans 5:1-8 Roadmap to Character (Molin)
I have a question for you to consider this morning. I don’t want you to answer it; just ponder it for the next 15 minutes, and perhaps as you leave this place today. The question is this: What would you be willing to do for a million dollars? For one million in cold cash, what deed would you be willing to do?
- Romans 5:1-8 Getting It Right (Strayhorn)
In C. S. Lewis' book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the children ask about Aslan the lion--the Christ figure in Lewis' stories. The children look at Aslan and ask, "Is he safe?" And the reply from the other characters is, "Of course he's not safe. But he's good." The same thing could probably be said about Christ.
- Romans 5:8-10 Saved by the Cross (Gerhardy)
We might think that some of the nicest good news is hearing of the birth of a baby, coming into a lot of money, or being cured of a disease, but the best news of all is that even though we are sinners who don’t deserve it, Christ has died for us.
- Romans 5:1-11 Justified by Faith (Anders)
Paul Tillich once preached a famous sermon in which he insisted that we have to accept the fact that we are accepted. Perhaps the deepest need that every one of us has is that of being accepted. The search for acceptance can be seen in all kinds of behavior.
- Romans 5:1-11 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Bedingfield)
Paul says, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” When Paul talks about peace, he is not talking about a dreamy-eyed, mellowness that we think of when we remember 1960’s hippies. Rather, Paul is talking about the calm that comes to our very souls as a result of our knowledge of the love of God and the power that love has in our lives.
- Romans 5:6-11 The Cross as Clue (Bowen)
Yes, I have seen the movie. I think my reaction is best summed by the cartoon in which a couple are just leaving the theater after having seen Mel Gibson’s Passion. The man turns to his wife and says, “I think I liked the book better.”
- Romans 5:12-19 The Cure for Sin (Anders)
"Sin is a relationship to God focused in self-centeredness, which shows itself in unloving attitudes and acts toward our fellow men. It is when we seek our own wills instead of God's will and regulate our lives by such self-seeking that sin corrupts our nature." (Georgia Harkness)
- Romans 5:12-19 Christ and Adam (McLarty)
A fan behind home plate held up a poster that read: JOHN 3:16--as if to say "This is what's important." I began to think of what best sums up the Gospel. I decided that 1 Corinthians 15:22 would be my poster. "For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive." This is the heart of the Gospel.
- Romans 5:18-19 Yes or No? (Gerhardy)
May God grant that we might say "yes" and "no" to the right things and at the right times. "No" to Satan and his seemingly innocent yet destructive ways and "Yes" to Jesus and the new life and the hope he offers us. To Jesus may our response always be a resounding "yes"!