80s Christian Metal Blessings!
I’m preaching through the Book of Romans. Wow, what an amazing book! This week I’m covering Romans 1:18 to the end of Chapter 3. If you are familiar with Romans, you are shaking your head right now, thinking, “PB is nuts, that’s way too much to try to cover in one sermon!” Ya, well, that’s just where the Holy Spirit took things. :-)
In this section of Romans, Paul does something AWESOME FOR US. He introduces us to THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL. Let me explain. In my testimony, there is a bottom of the barrel chapter. I jumped onto the sex, drugs and rock-n-roll train at age 13 and I rode that train full, throttle throughout my teen years. I made more bad, fleshly, choices than I could possibly count, and all of that wild living led me straight to----THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL. I made a mess of things. I was miserable. I often say, “I was so low I had to look up to see the bottom of the barrel.”
HERE’S THE AWESOME PART
It was there, at the bottom, that I figured out that I was powerless to fix my life.
I was toast without God, and specifically without Christ!
So, I looked up, and praise the Lord, He lovingly reached down and lifted me out of the pit and set my feet firmly on the Rock of Christ Jesus!
Your testimony is different than mine. We all have our own stories—unique to us. But all of us must come to that place that we see, clearly, for ourselves, that WITHOUT JESUS WE ARE TOAST!
That is exactly what Paul makes abundantly, overwhelmingly clear in Romans 1:18-3:31.
Here is my outline and conclusion for this Sunday: Paul shares 6 REALITIES with us in this section of ROMANS
REALITY #1 (1:18-23) Mankind has rejected God.
REALITY #2 (1:24-31) Rejecting God Has Consequences.
REALITY #3 (2:1-16) Morals are great, but they don’t save you.”
REALITY #4 (2:17-28) Religion won’t get the job done either.
REALITY #5 (3:1-8) Religious heritage (Being raised in Church) is great if it leads to personal relationship with Christ.
REALITY #6 (3:9-31) No One Is Righteous apart from Jesus, period.
I.e. There is NOTHING we can do to save ourselves---PERIOD. We are toast.
That’s the BAD news. This is: THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL, and while it’s not a fun place to be, it’s a great place to be—If we will humbly receive this occasion as an opportunity to LOOK UP to Christ, confess our sin and need for a Savior. Turn to Him and follow Him by faith (trust and obedience) as Lord! Here’s how Paul ends chapter three.
Romans 3:21-25 (NLT) “But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.”
80s Christian Metal Blessings,