Romans

Praise from God

Praise from God

Often our internal lives can be largely devoted to point-scoring. We mentally assess the behaviour of others, and worry that they might be assessing us! Perhaps unsurprisingly, we tend to give ourselves more generous points than others. Our love of point-scoring reveals the hypocrisy of our hearts — and when confronted by the justice of God, that’s a real problem. How can we live un-hypocritically? The solution lies in the good news that God’s justice is not a matter of point-scoring, but of the heart; and that he offers a new heart to those who put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The heart of darkness

The heart of darkness

How does God reveal his righteousness in the gospel? That’s the great question we are left with at the close of the introduction to Romans. Romans 1.18-32 make it clear that the first part - although not the last part - of the revealing of the righteousness of God is the revealing of the wrath of God. This sermon explores the wrath of God and the heart of darkness - as part of God’s great project of gospel hope.