Devotion to God leads us to overcome evil with good. Satan’s strongest temptations to destroy our soul strike us when we are hurt. Pain caused by others is always a time of intense spiritual warfare against sin in our own hearts.
This month marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and we are taking some time to focus on the doctrines of the Five Solas that emerged during this time. In this message, Pastor Ritch teaches about the importance of Sola Gratia (Grace Alone). God’s grace is God’s undeserved, unearned favor upon sinful man through the atoning death of Jesus.
God’s rejection of Israel was never final, nor full. Indeed, God never fully rejects those whom He has promised to faithfully love. A remnant is always present and is much larger than we often perceive.
Because Jesus is the end of the Law, He is the source of righteousness for all who believe in Him. God calls all men and women to confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus is Lord and Savior.
Religious people often stumble over Jesus and miss God’s salvation because they depend upon good deeds and religious rituals to satisfy God’s demand for righteousness. But God’s demand for righteousness is satisfied only through faith in Jesus who offers it to us as a free gift.
If we come to God through our own efforts to be righteous, we will stumble over Jesus Christ and be ruined forever. If we come to God through faith, we will have Jesus Christ as our cornerstone and receive righteousness and life in Him.
God is right to do that which successfully pursues His own glory to the greatest degree. In this message from Romans 9:19-24, Pastor Ritch begins to unpack the deep theological lessons from one of the most challenging passages in the Bible.