Life after Death
God’s promise to Abraham that he will be the father of the family of faith that transcends ethnicity and geographical border came before the law and the law did not null God’s promises. This promise was not based on Abraham keeping the law; God takes ownership for the promise. The promise can only come to pass by God’s sovereign hand, and there is nothing we can do to stop him from keeping His promises. Abraham upheld his word to Abraham despite Abraham’s disobedience. God says he made the promise and he’s going to keep the promise. Just like Abraham, there is nothing that we can do to earn our salvation. If the fulfillment of God’s promise depended on our keeping the law, our inability to to keep to law would make sure that the promises would never come to pass. The very essence of our faith in God is trust, reliance, and dependence on him apart from us. So what is the the law? It clearly defines what God requires, setting clear boundaries. And when we cross these boundaries, we are found guilty and deserving of God’s wrath. Dead. God’s plan was to gather a people for himself and it could not be fulfilled by our behavior because we were not good enough. Jesus had to fulfill the law perfectly, and he became a curse on our behalf so we can be part of his family. “That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring — not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (vs.16)” Even the faith that we exercise in him comes from him, a means of his grace. The same power that resurrected Lazarus, the same power that resurrected Jesus, the same power that brought us dead sinners to life, is the same power that will save the “lost” people around us, who are actually dead in their sin. No one is beyond God’s resurrection power. There is no one too lost, too fa, or too dead from the “hound of heaven.” Are we motivated with a holy discontent? Do you believe in this resurrection power, that God wants to bring dead people back to life? You can listen to this message on Romans 4:13-25 by Pastor Tyler HERE! Also, ff you missed last week’s message on the first half of Romans 4 by Pastor Clete you can listen to that HERE!
Flag Football is back! We will be starting next Saturday (4/23/16) for the following 5 weeks and we are in need of several volunteers! It will only take 3 hours (10am – 1pm) of your weekend (show up at 9:30am just for the first week for orientation), and even if you can only make it for a portion of the time, please come out! Don’t think that your lack of interest in the sport should be the reason why you pass on this very practical way that we can love and serve the youth and their families. We need coaches, refs, sign in/out, snacks, donations, supporters! Even being committed to be present and making yourself available for the 5 weeks would be extremely helpful! That person you think will show up at the park is… YOU! Hoping to see many of you at Hutchins Middle School (8820 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit) in a couple of weeks!