FROM THE DESK OF WILL SPOKES, SENIOR PASTOR
Words For Reflection:
The first Adam brought sin and death, the second Adam grace and life. The first Adam brought condemnation, the second Adam justification. The first Adam brought the reign of death, the second Adam the reign of life. – Robert Peterson
For next Sunday:
Sermon Text: Romans 6:1-14
Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder - Adoration
Arise, My Soul Arise - Adoration
The Gospel is Good News Indeed - Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Hallelujah! What a Savior! - Response
The Strife is O’er the Battle Done - Communion
Doxology - Tallis Canon
The Bible Project:
As a way to help you grasp the over-arching story of the Bible, I am going to include each week a link to one of The Bible Project videos that summarizes in a few minutes one book of the Bible.
This week check out the summary of Genesis 1-11.
If you are looking for help to read the Bible in a more regular way, you may find this approach and this app helpful.
This week we will begin looking at Romans 6 and how the death and resurrection of Jesus leads to and provides the resources for change in our lives. A classic work on this topic, which theologians call "sanctification", is a book called Holiness by J.C. Ryle. I commend it to you.
Singing To God (Psalm 95:1-5)
And Can It Be
He left His Father's throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace!
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race.
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!
Bowing Before God (Psalm 95:6-7b)
Prayer of Confession
Father, we confess that we do not live up to the family name. We are more ready to resent than to forgive, more ready to manipulate than to serve, more ready to fear than to love, more ready to keep our distance than to welcome, more ready to compete than to help. At the root of this behavior is mistrust and self-love. We do not love one another as we should, because we do not believe that you love us as you do. Forgive us our cold unbelief. Show us what it cost you to give up your Son that we might become your sons and daughters. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our only righteousness. Amen.
Words of Grace
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
1 John 3:2-3
Hearing From God (Psalm 95:7c-11)
Sermon Text - Romans 5:12-21
1. The First Adam
2. The Second Adam
The Heart of the Message
In a word, where sin abounds, grace SUPER abounds. How do you make sense of your life? Have you ever wondered why you think and feel and act the way you do? Certainly, you’ve wondered that about other people? There are a host of answers to those questions. But, according to Paul there is one answer that reaches further back and goes deeper in than any other. It is found in the story of Adam through whom sin, condemnation, and death entered into the world. In other words, Adam’s story is our story. His failure is our failure. (v. 18-19) As tragic and devastating as Adam’s story is (Gen. 2-3), the story of Jesus is God’s response to Adam’s failure. God sent Jesus to get write what we got wrong IN Adam. Adam was a type of the one to come. What this means is Adam and Christ represent two totally different humanities with two radically different destinies. Those who are IN Adam live under the reign of death. Those who are IN Christ live under the reign of life. The sin, condemnation, and death brought into the world by Adam is upended by the righteousness, justification, and life brought into the world by Jesus Christ. Paul makes abundantly clear that the failure of Adam and the success of Jesus are not merely equals. No! Paul makes abundantly clear that the work of Jesus far exceeds the failure of Adam. Grace abounds where sin is magnified. (v. 21) As John Calvin once wrote, “Christ is much more powerful to save than Adam was to ruin.” So if Adam is ultimately the one who makes sense of your life, you are hopeless and helpless. But if Jesus is ultimately the one who makes sense of your life, there is nothing in this world that can upend the work of Jesus for you.
- Whatfeatures of this passage stand out to you the most? What words or phrases or ideas grab your attention?
- How is Adam a type or pattern of Jesus Christ?
- Try to list all the ways Paul contrasts Jesus with Adam?
- How do you know if you are in Adam or in Christ? (re: v. 17)
Confession of Faith: The New City Catechism, 2017
Q. 34. Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s word?
A. Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.
1 Peter 2:9–12But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.