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Sunday 5/31: Romans 5:12-21

Dr. Aubrey de Grey, a British researcher on aging, seeks immortality. He challenges the most basic assumption underlying the human condition — that aging is inevitable. He argues instead that aging is a disease – and one that can be cured. He claims he has drawn a roadmap to defeat biological aging. He provocatively proposes that the first human beings who will live to 1,000 years old have already been born. He may even be right.

If you’d like to familiarize yourself with Dr. de Grey and his work, you’ll find helpful media to view on  his media page.

Today we will begin by asking the same fundamental question that Dr. de Grey asks, but whereas he asks it from the physical, biological side, we will approach it from the biblical, spiritual side. That question is:  Why do we die?

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Sunday 5/17: Romans 4

Today’s chapter answers the question of whether a New Testament faith in Christ agrees with the teaching of the Old Testament.  Does the Hebrew Bible teach a righteousness based on works, rituals and law or a righteousness based on faith?  Paul looks at the life of Abraham to show us that the two Testaments totally agree.

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Sunday May 10: Romans 3

We all indulge to some extent in the delusion of self-justification. At the very least, self-justification gets in the way of healthy relationships and prevents our personal growth. It also does something worse: It keeps us from understanding why we need Jesus so badly. It can, therefore, allow us to go on in our sin, whatever that sin is, and allow our lives to remain unchanged by the love of Jesus Christ.  The chapter we read today, Romans 3, hammers away at this important thought:

The more clearly we see our sin, the more deeply we’ll know our need for Jesus.

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Romans 2

There are at least two ways to rebel against God.  The first is by defying Him with flagrant, obvious sin.  We looked at this in Romans 1.  Another way to rebel against God is through self-righteousness.  We might call this the moralist’s way to rebel.  Neither the obvious sinner nor the self-righteous moralist passes the test of holiness in God’s eyes.  This is the message of Romans 2.

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Sunday 4/5: Romans 1:16-32

In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul gives us the gospel from God’s perspective.   This is the good news of God’s grace, but before explaining to us God’s grace, he must explain God’s wrath.  This section describes the downward spiral of degradation in a society.

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