My 5/4/14AM sermon, Promises, Promises from Romans 4:13-25 is now online. The sermon is another in our series through the book of Romans. My understanding of the whole book fitting together is “the glory of God in a united church on mission under grace.” This week, I sought to encourage the firm footing we have under grace by connecting faith to God’s promises. While there was a lot in the sermon about God making promises and fulfilling them, the passage built to a crescendo in Romans 4:23-25 showing how this was for our benefit that we may be righteous by believing in Jesus, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. To put it simply, we can know a real relationship (characterized by reconciliation and peace like Romans 5:1-11 will show) by placing our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.