When we look at the sermon texts for February, we find several promises in Romans 4, 5, & 6. There is so much wonderful truth in these chapters that it is difficult to condense them into a short article such as this one. But let me try to hit some of the highlights:
First of all, we read of Abraham. Can you think of an Old Testament person who tells us more of the power of faith than Abraham? We are reminded in Romans 4 that “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Wow! That simple statement that “Abraham believed God” is a powerful one that unleashes a great discussion contrasting faith and works. The chapter closes with an affirmation of the power of Abraham’s faith and how we are all blessed because of it.
In Chapter 5, there is a wonderful promise that we can enjoy peace and joy because of our faith. We can even rejoice in our sufferings because of our faith relationship with God. Did you realize that suffering produces good things in our lives? Suffering can produce perseverance, character, and hope. Hmm…next time I am suffering because of illness, disappointment in someone, or when someone says something unkind to me, I hope I can remember those situations can and should make me a better Christian. I also love the contrast in chapter 5 between Adam and Christ. Adam brought death; Christ brings eternal life. That is a pretty great promise!
Then, there is that powerful Chapter 6. Quite often, this passage is read before a person turns their life over to Christ and is baptized. This is one of the those chapters where one doesn’t know where to stop reading when sharing the Scripture with the congregation. I especially like the promise in these verses: “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:3,4)
We find lots of great promises in these three chapters. I am anxious to hear about them in our upcoming sermon series. We will sing about those promises, too!