For four weeks, Pastor Bernt will preach on the lectionary texts from Paul’s letter to the Romans: chapters 5-7. In these chapters, Paul makes some startling claims: that the Messiah died not just for his own, for good or deserving people, but for ungodly enemies; that the Spirit of his love has been poured into our hearts; and that in baptism we ourselves are “dead to sin and alive to God.”
What does any of this mean for how we live each day today? How do we find our place when overwhelmed by a fallen world? Recognize our limits and possibilities? We’ll grapple with misunderstood Christian words like sin, flesh, Spirit, sanctification.
Paul will be brought into conversation with non-Christian wisdom on the good life, from the Stoics and Confucians (see Pastor Bernt’s article on the topic).
And, of course, Martin Luther … this being the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation, and Paul so important to Reformation teaching. We’ll spend all four these weeks singing through one of Luther’s challenging and beautiful hymns invoking the Holy Spirit and picking up on themes from the scripture.