Series: Romans

With our series through Romans, we take a long look at the longest of Paul’s letters, a profound, extended explanation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Concluding Highlights

by Mike Bergen | September 13, 2020

This is the conclusion of the most complete explanation of the greatest message the world has ever heard — the message that determines the life and death future of every living person.

Greet the Beloved

by John Vanderhorst | September 6, 2020

Summary • 26 individuals in Rome (+ 2 households, 3 house churches) • A key descriptor: “my beloved”/ “the beloved” (4x) • 2nd key descriptor: “workers”/ “worked hard” (5x) • 3rd key descriptor: “in the Lord”/ “in Christ Jesus”/ “in Christ” (9x)

Paul Lives it Out

by Johnny Vanderhorst | August 30, 2020

Paul has been explaining and applying the gospel throughout Romans. But we see in this closing section how he embodies everything he preaches in his own life.

For Neighbor’s Good and God’s Glory

by Daniel Vanderhorst | August 23, 2020

The problem of the "strong" and the "weak."

Very Difficult Love

by Mike Bergen | August 16, 2020

Romans 14 explains how to love other Christians when they think differently than you.

Only Owe Love

by Johnny Vanderhorst | August 9, 2020

Only owe love ... because it's time to wake ... and put on Christ.

Marks of a True Christian

by John Vanderhorst | July 26, 2020

This condensed instruction on Christian character and practice can be summarized under 12 qualities, each a facet of agape love. Growing in these facets of love requires diligence joined with dependence.

Present … Renew … Function

by Ken Swygard | July 19, 2020

Romans 12 makes a significant transition from theological considerations to practical application. Paul's focus in this passage: God wants us to present ourselves to Him as a living sacrifice; God wants us to renew our mind; God wants us to function as a member of the body of Christ.

The Unfathomable God of Grace and Mercy

by Blaine Freidline | July 12, 2020

O Gentile, it is by God’s grace and mercy through your faith in Jesus’ atoning sacrifice that you are now a member of God’s chosen people. Fear God for such undeserved favor, and give yourself to His plans.

Our Special Part

by Mike Bergen | July 5, 2020

In Romans 9-11 we read how God is doing awesome things at many levels to make salvation available to every person in the world. In chapter 10 we learn about our special part!

The Freedom and Mercy of God

by Johnny Vanderhorst | June 28, 2020

God is the only ultimately, fully free being. And He acts ultimately to share the beauty of who He is to the greatest extent, for the highest joy of His people.

Since God is for us, Who can be against us?

by Mike Bergen | June 21, 2020

The end of Romans 8 is the climax of chapters 1-8. Here Paul shows that God always overrules all opposition at all times for His good and loving purposes for us.

Groaning, Hope and Glory

by Johnny Vanderhorst | June 14, 2020

Context: fighting and suffering

A Tale of Two Realms: Rescued from the Domain of Sin, Law and Death

by Daniel Vanderhorst | May 24, 2020

Welcome to Cornerstone's online service! Today Daniel Vanderhorst takes us through Romans 7 with a look at two realms: "in the flesh" and "in Christ."

Obedient From the Heart

by Mike Bergen | May 17, 2020

Welcome to Cornerstone's online service! Today Mike Bergen takes us through Romans 6:15-23, examining what it means to be "slaves to righteousness" who are "obedient from the heart."

Dead and Alive

by Johnny Vanderhorst | May 10, 2020

Welcome to Cornerstone's online service! Today Johnny Vanderhorst takes us through Romans 6:1-14 with a look at what it truly means to be dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus Christ!

An Indisputable Hope

by Blaine Freidline | April 26, 2020

Welcome to Cornerstone's online service! Today Blaine Freidline takes us through Romans 5:1-11 with a look at two questions: How can we possibly hope to enjoy the glory of God, and how is it that hope is guaranteed and will never disappoint? 

Romans 4: God’s righteousness is credited to Abraham — and us!

by Mike Bergen | April 19, 2020

Welcome to Cornerstone's online service! Today Mike Bergen takes us through Romans 4 and Paul's explanation of how God's righteousness was credited to Abraham -- the what, when, and why of it -- and the implications that has for us today.

Divine Intervention

by Johnny Vanderhorst | March 29, 2020

Welcome to Cornerstone's first online service! Here you'll find a greeting from pastor John Vanderhorst, a selection of songs with lyrics slides by Clifton Boje with which you can sing along, and this week's sermon, from pastor Johnny Vanderhorst, over Romans 3:21-31.

All under Sin

by John Vanderhorst | March 21, 2020

Main idea: All are “under” sin – no exceptions, no excuses… yet (as we shall see) not without remedy!

Reliability Problems

by Mike Bergen | March 15, 2020

We are going through a large section of Romans that exposes what people rely on, and the trouble that results when the objects of their trust are unreliable. (Romans 1:18 – 3:20). Today we look at Romans 2:1-3:8 – People who rely on God’s laws and the correct religion.

Just When You Thought You Were Off the Hook

by Johnny Vanderhorst | March 8, 2020

Judgment day is coming for all, where all will give an account. All that will suffice then is the righteousness of God, received by faith and evidenced in a life submitted to Him.

The Grief of Our Father

by Mike Bergen | March 1, 2020

Romans 1:18 summarizes this whole section (1:18-32), “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness (unrighteousness) of men …”

Confident in the Gospel

by Blaine Freidline | February 23, 2020

Paul was supremely confident in the power of the gospel of Christ to save and transform. God’s desire is for all to have that same confidence.

A Spectacular Greeting

by Johnny Vanderhorst | February 16, 2020

As Paul begins his profound letter to the church in Rome, he makes clear what defines and impassions him.