There’s multiple purposes for this. Hopefully we’ll post the titles on the noticeboard in front of church. Having provocative titles, that change each week, should signal to the area that this church is alive, active and (hopefully…) interesting. If I can get organised in time, we’ll do a leaflet drop across the neighbourhood. Also, I hope it’ll give church regulars a basis to invite friends to church. “Hey, would you like to visit church this Sunday? We’re gonna be talking about…
Here’s what I got so far:
What d’you think?
Rom 1:1-6, 16-17: How to have meaning & purpose in life
Actual main point: To be in the centre of God's purposes for the world, you
need to be ruled by Christ, who is the ruler of the world.
Rom 1:7-17: How to build strong communities
Actual main point: Strong churches (communities) are built around the risen
Lord Jesus. They submit to his rule, encourage each other to continue to
submit to his rule, and plead with everyone else to do so as well.
Rom 1:18-2:1: Why it's dangerous to do it "my way"
Actual main point: Human "wisdom" actively rejects God and makes him
mad! Social chaos is a symptom of this.
Rom ch 2: Why God hates religion
Actual main point: Human "religion" - even religion based on God's revelation
of himself in the OT - leads to self-righteousness. If we really paid
attention to God's moral standards, which are expressed most clearly in the OT
law, but are also impressed upon everyone's conscience, we'd realise we all fall
short of them (= sin), and deserve condemnation.
Rom 3:1-20: The one thing we all have in common
Actual main point: The one thing we all have in common is we're all entirely
guilty before God. All of us - Jew & Gentile. Entirely - throat,
tongue, mouth, feet, eyes. Which means we all need someone else - God
himself - to fix the mess.