Can you think of any differences between the states of Oregon and South Carolina? I think you probably can! One is Southeast America, one is Northwest. One has palm trees, one has pine trees. The list could go on! There are a couple things in common, though. One similarity is that no matter how different the states can be in geography, population, politics, or any other measuring statistic, people face the same struggles. Another similarity is that in both of those states are churches that share the same heart- the heart of peace and hope in Jesus.
This sermon podcast is the recording of a sermon preached by Pastor Paul Bourman at Peace Lutheran Church in Aiken, South Carolina. 7 years ago, they named themselves Peace Lutheran Church based on Romans 5. Only a few months ago, we named our church Hope Lutheran Church based, again, on the words of Romans 5. This wasn’t a coincidence! Listen in to hear this heart!
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.