Sermon Archive

In Romans 1:18 - 3:20 Paul shows that we are all sinners under God’s wrath. None is righteous, no, not one. No one does good. He further shows we cannot improve our condition; for by works of the law no human being will be declared righteous in his sight. Paul has driven us to the edge of the cliff. There is nothing we can do. We cannot make ourselves right with God. Left to ourselves we are hopeless. The glorious message of the Gospel is that God has made a way for us to be right with Him. But in making us right with Himself God does something very peculiar.

Direct download: 2018-0415_Romans_Nelson.mp3
Category:Romans: The Righteousness Of God Revealed -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

In 2008 we were rocked. Cancer. Stage 4. Aggressive. At first we were numb. We weren’t angry. God’s Word trained us to know we all fall into trials of various kinds. I hurt for the pain Cathy would suffer. But we accepted the diagnosis. Rejecting the diagnosis would have signed Cathy’s death warrant. Accepting the diagnosis was the first step towards her healing. In our passage today God delivers a devastating diagnosis. The question is, will we accept it or reject it?

Direct download: 2018-0408_Romans_Nelson.mp3
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Easter 2018, "The Lie"

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Our passage today takes us deeper into the Jewish mind and its reasons for rejecting the Gospel. Unbelieving Jews have already been condemned by Paul in chapters 1 and 2. Paul taught that all humanity is under God’s wrath because of our refusal to acknowledge the evidence of God's "eternal power and divine nature," that is clearly seen through His creation. God's present wrath is expressed in that God gave humanity over to various forms of sin (1:18-32).

Direct download: 2018-0318_Romans_Nelson.mp3
Category:Romans: The Righteousness Of God Revealed -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

Are you pecksniffian? You really don’t want to be pecksniffian but if you are you probably don’t see it. People around you know if you’re pecksniffian. It’s unpleasant to say the least. Religious people are very susceptible to it. It was a deep seated problem in Judaism. It’s understandable why the Jews struggled with pecksniffianism given their special relationship with God:

Direct download: 2018-0311_Romans_Nelson.mp3
Category:Romans: The Righteousness Of God Revealed -- posted at: 9:30am PDT

When our children were little and we were out in public, they would wander. Despite our instructions to stay with us, they would wander off. A few times I just let them; I could always see them, but they couldn’t see me. They thought it was great; they didn’t realize I was disciplining them by letting them wander off. They were having a great time free to go wherever they pleased until after a little while it dawned on them they were alone, they couldn’t see us, they didn’t know how to find us…

Direct download: 2018-0304_Romans_Nelson.mp3
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I was trying to remember the first time I shared the Gospel. In 1976, Campus Crusade for Christ launched a nationwide evangelistic campaign called “I Found It”. I was a high school sophomore. The campaign included telephone evangelism. I remember several evenings at the church calling through our local telephone directory and sharing the gospel with those willing to listen. I vividly remember how nervous I felt; my heart was racing and my mouth was completely dry I could hardly speak. Truth be told, each time I dialed I hoped nobody would pick up!

Direct download: 2018-0225_Romans_Nelson.mp3
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Many years ago a young man completed our youth pastor internship and began searching for a youth pastor position. We were shocked to encounter churches that offered to hire him on the first phone call sight unseen. He was offered jobs without submitting a resume, a statement of faith or references. How would you feel if we did this here at Grace? How would you feel if we hired a youth pastor after one phone call? Moms and Dads, how would you feel sending your junior high and high school students to be taught by a young man we knew nothing about?

Direct download: 2018-0218_Romans_Nelson.mp3
Category:Romans: The Righteousness Of God Revealed -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

The book of Romans is one of the most powerful and influential books ever written. Augustine, one of the most brilliant theologians of the early church, came to faith after reading Romans chapter thirteen. Martin Luther recovered the doctrine of salvation by faith from his study of Romans 1:17 and went on to lead the Protestant Reformation. While listening to the preface of Luther’s commentary on Romans, John Wesley felt his heart "strangely warmed" and he was saved. John Wesley and his brother Charles were used mightily by God in both England and the United States to bring revival in the eighteenth century. The great Puritan preacher, John Bunyan, was so inspired by Romans that he wrote the immortal Pilgrim’s Progress.

Direct download: 2018-0211_Romans_Nelson.mp3
Category:Romans: The Righteousness Of God Revealed -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

Our horizon includes the Rapture, the Kingdom, the Crushing of Satan and, as we will study today, Paradise Restored. The horizon for people separated from God is, however, horribly different. Many people in our society believe there will be some type of judgment in the afterlife. Mistakenly, they believe this judgment will determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. The Bible reveals three judgments none of which determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. One’s eternal destiny is determined in this life by one's response to Jesus Christ.

Direct download: 2018-0204_Hope_Story_Nelson.mp3
Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PDT