Many consider Romans 8 the greatest chapter in the entire Bible. No other section of Scripture gives so rich a presentation of the Gospel, the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, and the hope we have in the face of suffering and loss. To embark on a study of Romans 8 is to dive into the deep doctrinal waters and come up with treasure that transforms our everyday lives and fills us with joyful hope in all God has in store for those who love him.
Our desire is to challenge our people to attend four consecutive weeks in a row. We believe there is a cumulative effect to gathering with God’s people weekly to hear God’s Word and respond together. We want you to feel the difference it makes in your life when you embrace consistency – consistently gathering with God, his Word, and his people.
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” – psalm 119.11
Internalizing Scripture and locking it into your memory is one of the surest ways to grow in holiness and in one’s capacity for a conversational relationship with God. If you want to consistently hear God’s voice in your life, memorize Scripture. Those who meditate on his law day and night, and delight in His word are promised blessing, wisdom, and fruitfulness (Psalm 1; Psalm 119:1, 97; Joshua 1:8). Memorizing Scripture is one of the greatest and most fruitful disciplines you can give yourself to. In particular, memorizing large sections of scripture, even entire chapters and books.
You might not think you cannot memorize large pieces of Scriptures. I want to remind you that Buddhists, Muslims, and Jews all memorize large amounts of their sacred texts, some even the entirety of their sacred texts. And, we believe we have the true Word of God, the authoritative and life-giving words of God. We believe the text we have been given is living and active and able to renew our minds and transform our lives. Our Lord Jesus memorized the Hebrew Scripture and has left us an example that we should as well. God’s Spirit will assist us in that endeavor, but we need a method that will help us get started and persevere in it.
Andrew Davis, in his booklet, “An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture,” gives a wonderful and helpful method that I am currently using to memorize a book in the New Testament. The method is simple and requires a few minutes a day. View the downloadable PDF below.
We also have provided a wallet sized card you can download and print out. They are also available to pick up at our information desk in the Atrium.
The Transformative Power of the Holy Spirit | 09.17.2017
THE MIND SET ON THE SPIRIT | 10.01.2017
THE INDWELLING SPIRIT | 10.08.2017
KILLING SIN | 10.15.2017
KILLING SIN PT.II | 10.22.1017
CHILDREN OF GOD | 10.29.2017
THE HOPE FOR FUTURE GLORY | 11.05.2017
WAITING WITH HOPE | 11.12.2017
The Spirit’s Intercession | 11.19.2017
ALL THINGS FOR GOOD | 11.26.2017
THE CHAIN OF SALVATION | 12.03.2017
IF GOD IS FOR US… | 12.10.2017
Each week we encourage you to think of questions as you listen to the sermon. Be sure to write your questions down and you can text those questions to us. JR and Joseph will sit down to answer your questions in a few different podcasts throughout the 16 week series through Romans 8.
CATC Q&A PODCAST EP.1 | ROMANS 8
Listen to our first ever, Q&A Podcast where we will help you go just a little further into your understanding of the Romans 8 text. Pastor Joseph Tenny is joined by Pastor JR Vassar in answering the questions you have sent in as you have been following the sermons. They cover everything from important biographies and helpful books to ongoing sanctification and baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is a deeper unpacking of the text meant to help you encounter Jesus.
Question 1 (1:00): Why doesn’t Paul abandon the language of slavery in describing how he relates to Christ? Shouldn’t sonship have replaced it?
Question 2 (5:20): What (if any) is the role of community in mortifying the flesh?
Question 3 (7:23): Besides the Bible, what are good books to read to learn more about the Holy Spirit?
Question 4 (11:30): JR said that the Holy Spirit is given to every person who trusted in Jesus, but what about the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
Question 5 (18:30): What are some obvious signs that a person is experiencing a greater measure of the Holy Spirit in their daily lives?
Question 6 (20:47): What are the limits of sanctification before glorification, and why can’t we with God’s perfect, amazing, boundless, sufficient, overflowing, etc. grace be sinless now?
Question 7 (28:56): Can you make some recommendations of good Christian memoirs/biographies? I’ve read several and feel out of good options.