Whatever Happened to Sin?

January 24, 2016
Bible Text: Romans 7:7-13 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace As we go through the book of Romans, we should remember that Paul is developing an argument that develops over several chapters. That's why we need to understand the entire context. In Chapter 7, Paul is talking about the Law. Before a person is saved, it's like they are married to the Law. Remember, Mr. Law is a tough husband. He demands perfection, but he never compliments and he never forgives. When we are saved, we are released from the Law, and we have a wonderful union with Christ that's like a marriage. In today's passage, we learn about Paul's life before he came to know Jesus. He takes us back to a time when the Law ruled everything he did and said and he shares with us what he learned about the Law of God. It isn't pretty, but it's something that every one of us needs to hear.

Released from the Law

January 17, 2016
Bible Text: Romans 7:1-6 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace In our text this morning, Paul is trying to get us to understand the relationship of our lives to the Law and sin. He is trying to make clear that we, as believers, are dead to the Law.  In the last verses of Chapter 6, Paul used the analogy of slavery to teach us that, in Christ, we are no longer under the old master of sin and death. We have a new master, the Lord, Jesus Christ. Now Paul moves to the analogy of the relationship of husband and wife and marriage as the picture of our new relationship to Jesus. Before we were saved, we were married to the Law. The Law condemned us and told us we were no good, but now we are married to Christ. We have been freed from the Law. Spiritually speaking, we're either married to the law or we're married to the Lord. That's the analogy Paul is using here. What he's saying here is not necessarily about marriage, but he's talking about the Christian life and using marriage as an analogy.