Sermons on Romans

Sermons on Romans

Justification for the Back Pew Crowd

Preached October 27, 2019 Luke 18:9-14 and Romans 3:19-31 I recently read an article that contained a tongue-in-cheek list of justifications for not sitting in the front pew in church on Sunday mornings. Since the front pews are the least populated neighborhood in the sanctuary, I have paraphrased a few of these justifications for you. If you sit in the back pew, there will already be money in the offering plate when it gets to you, so no one will…

Fatherly Advice from a Shaggy Bark Juniper

Preached FCCW June, 16, 2019 (Father’s Day and Trinity Sunday) Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 and Romans 5:1-5   Much of the Book of Proverbs is written in the style of fatherly wisdom that is intended to shape the character of children so that they may grow to be in alignment with God’s purpose for their lives. So, you can see why Proverbs can be a treasure trove of material for a Father’s Day sermon. It may seem strange then, that on…

Chosen Children

Preached FCCW May20, 2018 Romans 8:22-27 There is a lot to like about the month of May. The weather usually begins to take a decisive turn to the warmer. The leaves start popping out on what had been bare tree branches and colorful flowers grace the eye with their beauty. That is, unless you are prone to allergies. In that case, May might grace the eyes with itching and watering, instead.

Faith, Reckoned as Righteousness

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 and Romans 4:13-25 Preached FCCW February 25, 2018   In the quiet, rural town of Rutland Massachusetts, on a non-descript road, beside the driveway of an unpretentious home, stands a maple tree. This tree is as commonplace as its surroundings. You would likely drive by it without a second glance, except possibly when it is showing off its Autumn foliage. The one feature that sets it apart is the small post and beam fence which forms a…

Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-8  and Matthew 16:13-20 Preached FCCW, August 27, 2017 I don’t know where the expression, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” originated; but I’m willing to bet that it didn’t start with the Apostle Paul. After all, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is basically saying that you should conform to your cultural surroundings. That you should blend in; follow the crowd.

How We Ought to Pray

Romans 8:26-39 Preached FCCW, 7-30-2017   In Mark Twain’s book Huckleberry Finn, the main character tells about his first attempts at praying in these words: Miss Watson took me in the closet and prayed. But nothing come of it. She told me to pray every day and whatever I asked for I would get it.  But it weren’t so. I tried it. Once I got a fishline but not hooks. It weren’t any good to me without hooks. By and…

Independence Day: Part 2

Romans 7:15-25a and Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Preached FCCW July 9, 2017   Joni Ericson was only 15 when she was permanently paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident. Joni describes her memory of lying on a hospital gurney, when she noticed that the sheet covering her had slipped to the side. In her modesty, Joni desperately wanted to cover herself. But as much as she wanted to make her arms and hands move, they simply would not respond.…

Independence Day, Part 1: Emancipation

Romans 6:12-23 Preached FCCW, July 2, 2017   Precisely 241 years ago today, on the second of July 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence which brazenly announced that, there comes a time in the course of human events for the necessity of dissolving old associations in order to enter into that which God entitles and calls us. And that for the Thirteen American Colonies, that time had arrived. After two more days of debate over…

The Symmetry of Grace

Romans 5:12-19, Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 Preached FCCW                3-5-2017 Tucked away in a small mountain village in Mexico, off a dusty road flanked by pig farms, lived a young boy by the name of Edgar Hernandez. That’s the name his mother and father gave him when he was born. More recently, he was given another name by a group of doctors who had taken a special interest in him. They referred to Edgar as “Patient Zero.” A few years ago, as the…