Is Your Church Under the Influence?
Whether you realize it or not, the teaching of Romans chapter 7 is shaping your church at this very moment. Your church’s understanding of these 25 verses is either undermining or strengthening their relationship with God. If you want secure, steady and sold-out soldiers in your camp, they must know how to wield this chapter and not be pierced by their own sword.
Why is this chapter such a crucial passage of Scripture?
From this one chapter many Christians, Churches and even whole movements have answered these questions:
- What is the role of the Law in the life of a believer?
- Are believers free from sin or do they struggle with indwelling sin?
- How should believers view their own identity?
- Are Christians sinners saved by grace or saints set apart by God?
- How does change happen in the life of a Christian?
- What has Christ accomplished for us in purchasing our salvation?
- How far does our freedom really go?
Some of these of these questions should be answered by this chapter, while others are mistakenly addressed. You, as a leader, and the people who follow you all have answers to these questions (whether they know it or not) that are shaping your church culture at this very moment. Do you know how they would answer these questions? How would you answer them? Take a second and write down the first thing that comes to mind for each question above.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be unpacking Romans 7 together. If you’re not familiar with this chapter, now’s the time…but don’t read it on its own. Read Paul’s whole letter to the Romans in one sitting. Otherwise, we’re just practicing helicopter-hermeneutics – flying in and out, missing the context and most likely the meaning as well. And do your best to ignore the headings. They already reflect a particular theological perspective that may or may not be helpful. As leaders, we have to learn to ‘correctly handle the word of truth’ (2 Tim 2:15).