Live the Basics of the Gospel

Steve Petroelje

Read: Romans 13:11-14; 16:25-27 Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. (13:12) We usually prefer light over darkness. Children may fear the dark, and adults appreciate having a flashlight. Spiritually speaking, darkness refers to sin and death, whereas Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). He alone provides life, salvation and purpose; he overcomes sin and death. Whoever responds to the good news of the gospel through faith turns from …

Called to Love God and Love Others

Steve Petroelje

Read: Romans 12:9-21 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (v. 9) Jesus summarized the Old Testament’s many laws with the great commandment to love God with all of our heart and the second like it to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matt. 22:37-40). “Neighbor” in this passage is not limited to those who share a property line with you. Your neighbor is anyone you meet or are able to impact. …

Living Sacrifices for a Lifetime

Steve Petroelje

Read: Romans 12:1-2 Present your bodies as a living sacrifice. (v. 1) Guilt, grace, and gratitude. Sin, salvation, and service. These are the summary points of the Heidelberg Catechism, a statement of faith that helps us understand Scripture. These words are also a great summary of the gospel. We must be careful not to turn the gospel into fire insurance—a way only to avoid hell and enter heaven. The good news is much more than that; the gospel is meant …

Will Be Saved

Steve Petroelje

Read: Romans 10:11-15 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (v. 13) I have had times in life when God’s goodness seemed too good to be true. Perhaps you have as well. There are times when we pinch ourselves and say, “I can’t believe I am married” or “I’m still in awe that I have this new job” or “Lord, thank you for this beautiful child you have blessed me with.” Sometimes, however, we are …

Believe and Confess

Steve Petroelje

Read: Romans 10:1-10 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (v. 9) The good news of the gospel shows us several facts about our situation: sin has consequences, we cannot solve our sin problem on our own, and God chooses to offer us a second chance. When we realize this truth, what must we do? The Bible speaks often of our …

God Is for Us and with Us

Steve Petroelje

Read: Romans 8:28-39 If God is for us, who can be against us? (v. 31) Once when one of our children was very young, he disappeared. We searched frantically around the house and outdoors. We called his name loudly. We finally found him in the back of a closet. The louder we called, the more scared he was, so he remained hidden. In stark contrast are other times when I have lost something of far less value, such as a …