Yes, Take It Personally!
We often think of Paul’s letters as theological treatises. But they really are letters, personal correspondence to people he cares about. Perhaps Romans seems all the more impersonal. It’s theology is more lofty and Paul himself says he has never been to Rome. Yet, Romans finishes with an entire chapter of personal greetings. What do we make of that? My theme for this week is in opposition to the tired, phrase, “Don’t take it personally”. I think we do read chapter 16 personally as well in the book of Romans and in fact the whole Bible. We’ll look at Romans 16 as a help to take all of God’s word as a personal message to us.
Scripture Reference: Romans 16
Another “Therefore”!! This time the theology is done. Now the question is, In light of what we know now of the Gospel and God’s plan of salvation, How Then Shall We Live?
Romans, chapter 12 gives special insight into this question as we walk the path of being disciples of Christ. Unfortunately it boils down to a 16-point sermon. What’s a preacher to do? What about the congregation? Bring pencils today!
Scripture Reference: Romans 12: 1-13
This week we will again hear a message from seminary student, Annastasia Bonczyk, daughter of CLC’s own Mary Potts.
This Sunday, we enter Joseph’s story at the moment of happy reconciliation with his brothers. Joseph’s actions in this story are commendable but he is focusing on the way that the Lord has been at work. Joseph’s journey has included some moments of considerable pain but there is something in the words he says and the way he responds to his brothers that might be worth copying in our own lives.
Scripture Reference: Genesis 45:1-15, Psalm 133