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Category: Exposition of Romans

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 121

    The Judgment of God: A Most Inconvenient Truth – Part 2 Text: Romans 10:1-13 Introduction: The expression, “The apple didn’t fall very far from the tree” is another way of saying “Like father, like son.”  This is certainly the case … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 120

    The Judgment of God: A Most Inconvenient Truth – Part 1 Text: Romans 10:1-13 Introduction: Salvation was once clearly understood to refer to the work of Christ in delivering people from the awful reality of eternal damnation.  Nowadays, however, salvation … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 119

    Saved From What? – Part 4 Text: Romans 10:9-11; Isaiah 6:9-11 Introduction:  I received another flyer this past week announcing the start of another church in the East Valley that will be “friendly and fun” and definitely not your traditional … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 118

    Saved: From What? – Part 3 Text: Romans 10:9-11; Isaiah 6:8 Introduction:  Motivational speakers are in big demand in practically all branches of the professing Christian church, especially within the so-called evangelical wing.  These high-profile men and women are usually … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 117

    Saved: From What? – Part 2 Text: Romans 10:9-11; Isaiah 6:5-13 Introduction:  The doctrine of God’s wrath, even by people who claim to be Evangelical, is now considered highly inappropriate and down-right offensive.  R. C. Sproul observed, “I think the … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 116

    Saved: From What? – Part 1 Text: Romans 10:9-11; Isaiah 6:5-13 Introduction: In a recent 2006 interview in Newsweek, with an aging Billy Graham, I read this discouraging bit of information: “A unifying theme of Graham’s new thinking is humility.  … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 115

    The Nature of Confessing Faith Text: Romans 10:5-13 Introduction: Paul has already stated three antitheses – between faith and works (9:32), between God’s righteousness to which we should submit and our own righteousness which we mistakenly seek to establish in … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 114

    “Ignorant Zeal” Text: Romans 10:1-4 Introduction:  We tend in our day to think that anyone zealous and passionate about their religious beliefs is surely acceptable to God.  People will say, “It does not really matter what a person believes, as … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 113

    Excursus: Calvinism vs. Arminianism – Part 11 Text: John 10:1-16; 1 John 2:2 Introduction:  On Monday, April 28th, Pastor Jeremiah Wright had the following exchange with the moderator at the National Press Club: MODERATOR:  “Jesus said, ‘I am the way, … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 112

    Excursus: Calvinism vs. Arminianism – Part 10 Text: Romans 9:14-24; 2 Peter 3:9 Introduction:  Evangelicalism, in the assessment of Carl Raschle, is in a state of crisis because it is being confronted with “an intellectual challenge of a magnitude it … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 111

    Excursus: Calvinism vs. Arminianism – Part 9 Text: Romans 9:14-24; 2 Peter 3:9 Introduction: Over the last decade or so, a Megashift[1] has taken place within the ranks of what is commonly designated as Evangelicalism.  In fact, we are witnessing … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 110

    Excursus: Calvinism vs. Arminianism – Part 8 Text: Romans 9; 1 Timothy 4:10 Introduction:  We examined last week the immediate context of I Tim. 4:10 – which begins at 3:16.  The Apostle is highlighting the need for a strong confessional … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 109

    Excursus: Calvinism vs. Arminianism – Part 7 Text: Romans 9; 1 Timothy 4:10 Introduction:  The passage in I Tim. 4:10 is one of a handful of texts (along with II Peter 3:9 and I John 2:1-2) that Arminians constantly make … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 108

    Excursus: Calvinism vs. Arminianism – Part 6 Text: Romans 9:13; Col. 2:13 Introduction:  The great Princeton Theologian B. B. Warfield described the infiltration of Pelagian error in partial form this way: “But, as we have been told that the price … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 107

    Excursus: Calvinism vs. Arminianism – Part 5 Text: Romans 8:7-8; John 8:34 Introduction: Maurice Baldwin, in a thought-provoking little book, made this observation regarding human nature, “The idea to which (people) most tenaciously cling is, that if they can only … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 106

      Excursus: Calvinism vs. Arminianism – Part 4 Text: John 6:35-70 Introduction:  The major issues between Calvinists and Arminians down through the centuries has revolved around the doctrine of election and the question of free-will.  The Arminians were unwilling to … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 105

    Excursus: Calvinism vs. Arminianism – Part 3 Text: Romans 9; John 1:9 Introduction:  One of the most important building blocks in the Arminian system is their distinctive understanding of prevenient grace, or (to use the theological latin) gratia praeveniens.  According … Continue reading

  • Exposition or Romans – Part 104

    Excursus: Calvinism vs. Arminianism – Part 2 Text: Romans 9; Ephesians 1:11-14 Introduction:  Today’s evangelicals do not look so much to the Bible, to the reformation principle of sola Scriptura, for clues about how to present the gospel to the … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 103

    Excursus: Calvinism vs. Arminianism – Part 1 Text: Romans 9:14-29 Introduction: Most of you, no doubt, have heard about the 5-points of Calvinism under the acronym T.U.L.I.P.  But what is often not known is that these were formulated in response … Continue reading

  • Exposition of Romans – Part 102

    Defending God’s Rights Text: Romans 9:14-33 Introduction:  Charles Spurgeon, that great preacher of the last century, tells a story of an encounter that he had with an Arminian.[1]  “I recollect an Arminian brother telling me that he had read the … Continue reading

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