Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 10:13-14

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Romans 10:13–14 NIV

Our current sermon series is titled “8 Objections to Christianity and How to Respond”.  This weeks objection: “What about those who never hear about Jesus?”  The apostle Paul deals with this question in the verse above.  Some have used this verse to argue that those who haven’t heard get a free pass, but Paul seems to be arguing instead for the critical importance of making sure all people DO hear about their Savior, Jesus.  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  It would sit better with me to believe that those who are ignorant of the gospel will be pardoned, but if that’s true wouldn’t we be better off keeping our faith to ourselves?  If they get a free pass why would we want to mess with it by telling them about Jesus?  Then they might reject Him and be damned for sure.  But that approach doesn’t line up with Christ’s command to, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19 NIV).  It’s not an easy question, but rather than go with our gut, we have to go with God’s Word.  The Bible makes it clear that God loves all people (John 3:16) and wants all people to be saved.  (1 Timothy 2:4)  We also know that our task it to spread the Good News about Jesus to everyone, (Matthew 28:19) because Jesus is the way to the Father.  (John 14:6)  And last, but not least we know that God will do what is right.  “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4 NIV).  My response to this objection is that God makes it clear that my job is to share Jesus and His love with others because Jesus is the way to the Father, and God will always do what is right.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 12, 2020 – Romans 6:11

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for January 12, 2020 – Romans 6:11

I don’t know how many of you struggle with sin…just kidding we all do.  Keep in mind that through baptism we have died to sin with Christ and are empowered to live lives that glorify God!  You have the power of God’s Spirit in you.  You can fight against sin, and you can win! Find out more this Sunday, January 12 at 9 a.m. Worship!

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 6:6

“we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” 

-Romans 6:6 NIV

From what I understand, people who smoke don’t really enjoy the way it controls their lives.   I can’t imagine an alcoholic enjoys being enslaved to alcohol.  There are any number of things that can control us, but we were all under the control of sin.  That’s not the case anymore.  In baptism, we are set free from our slavery to sin.  It doesn’t mean we’re going to be perfect, but the Holy Spirit, given to us in baptism empowers us to say “no” to sinful stupidity.  Again, we won’t be perfect, but we can say “no”.  Take advantage of the power given to you by God.  Exercise the self-control given to you by God.  You won’t be perfect, but strive to be better.  You are forgiven and through faith in Jesus you will live forever in heaven.  You’re not striving to be better so you can get into heaven.  You’re striving to be better to show your thankfulness to God for getting you into heaven.  You’re not a slave to sin any longer.  It doesn’t control you, the Holy Spirit does.  Live your life not to indulge the sinful nature, but to glorify the God who has saved you.  Here’s to new beginnings in Christ!