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    The Grace Factor - Romans 12:9-21

    Originally preached on August – October 2005

    Bless those who persecute you . . . weep with those who weep . . . associate with the lowly . . . be at peace with all men . . . if your enemy is hungry, feed him . . . Was the Apostle Paul serious when he gave these instructions in Romans 12:14-21? Surely he didn't expect believers to be able to put them into practice. Could he really expect anyone to live like that?In this 6-message series, Stephen explains the difference between "playing church" and living out genuine Christianity and that indispensable ingredient that makes the difference: the Grace Factor!

    Scripture References

    • Romans 12:10 - 11
    • Romans 12:12 - 13
    • Romans 12:14 - 15
    • Romans 12:16
    • Romans 12:17 - 21
    • Romans 12:9
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    I Pledge Allegiance - Romans 13:1-7

    Originally preached on November – December 2005

    As citizens of two kingdoms, Christians face the unique challenge of determining where their allegiance should lie. Do believers pledge allegiance to one nation or to one God above all nations? The church finds itself in a similar crisis. Is the mission of the church to reform politics or to redeem people?In this exposition of Romans 13:1-7, Stephen clarifies the believer's responsibility as a dual-citizen of heaven and earth. He also examines the difficult relationship between church and state, encouraging the church to focus more on saving Americans than saving America.

    Scripture References

    • Romans 13:1
    • Romans 13:2 - 4
    • Romans 13:6 - 7
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    Living Like You Are Leaving - Romans 13:8-10

    Originally preached on January 2006

    10...9...8...7...6...5...the countdown has begun; any moment the ship will blast-off. How will you use your remaining moments? What will you do with your time? The reality of leaving this world for the next should affect how believers live. Any day, any moment, blast-off could occur!In this 3 message series from Romans 13:8-14, Stephen challenges believers to live with an eternal perspective. Life is short, and time is too valuable to be wasted. This world is not the believer's final destination; grasping this eternal perspective will influence your way of life and encourage you to be Livin' Like Your Leavin'.

    Scripture References

    • Romans 13:11 - 13
    • Romans 13:14
    • Romans 13:8 - 10
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    Grey Matters - Romans 14:1-15:13

    Originally preached on February – April 2006

    One of the most difficult discoveries in the Christian life - particularly for the new Christian - is that life is not always black and white; it is often colored in grey. There are many areas in life where the answer is not found in a verse of Scripture, and the solution is not cut and dried. However, just because certain areas are not clear, does not mean they are unimportant.In this 9-message series, Stephen will examine the instruction Paul gives on dealing with difficult issues, and investigate the highly explosive topic of Christian liberty. For in the end, much of Christian living takes place in the area between black and white, and that's why Grey Matters.

    Scripture References

    • Romans 14:1 - 4
    • Romans 14:10 - 12
    • Romans 14:13 - 15
    • Romans 14:16 - 18
    • Romans 14:19 - 21
    • Romans 14:22 - 23
    • Romans 14:5 - 9
    • Romans 15:1 - 8
    • Romans 15:4 - 13
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    When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder - Romans 16: 1-24

    Originally preached on September – October 2006

    God's hall of fame is not filled with pictures of superstar athletes, nor Olympians, nor Grammy award winners, nor rock-stars, but with normal people, who served behind the scenes, unnoticed by the world. Those who minister faithfully, God rewards. Those who are counted as nobodies here on earth will be kings and queens in the Kingdom of Heaven. This is one of the most beautiful aspects of God's grace - no faithful act is overlooked by Him.

    Scripture References

    • Romans 16:1 - 2
    • Romans 16:17 - 18
    • Romans 16:19 - 20
    • Romans 16:21 - 24
    • Romans 16:3 - 5
    • Romans 16:5 - 16
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