Running To Win 15 Minute Version

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Rescued from Hopelessness Part 3

November 15, 2012

There is more to being saved than most people realize. It involves being given a series of wonderful gifts from the hand of God. Those gifts include the trials we experience— trials that produce perseverance, character, and hope—all wrapped up in the love of God poured out in our hearts. Today, the basis for the hope of the Christian—the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf.

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Two obvious opposites are war and peace. When someone is at war with himself or others, he can have no personal peace. And when one is still under sin’s penalty, they’re at war with God. Thankfully, Romans 5 says that those justified by faith have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This peace is just the first of many gifts all wrapped up in being justified by faith.
November 14, 2012
Many Americans see no way out of their misery and choose to commit suicide. These people share one thing in common: they have lost all hope that things can get better. They see ending life as their only alternative. One of the great blessings God confers on those who believe in Jesus is hope, a hope that Paul says “does not disappoint.”
November 13, 2012
How important is our faith? It’s a very big deal to God, as we read in Genesis 15 verse six, “Abraham believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” This concept, amplified by Paul in the book of Romans, tells us how to be declared righteous by a holy God. What is more, Abraham’s faith kept him going up the hill to Mount Moriah with his son Isaac.
November 12, 2012
Many people have gone through religious rituals that they believe made them Christians. Are these people misguided? When Paul wrote to the Romans, he gave conclusive evidence that no ritual can confer salvation. He let his Jewish readers know that their father Abraham was not justified through circumcision. Today, more on why believing in rituals is to have misplaced faith.
November 9, 2012
Think about this: the value of placing your faith in something is all about the object of your faith—not about the faith itself. You can believe that an idol is God, but that does not change the fact that the idol is made of stone. Faith in the wrong place is worse than no faith at all because it creates false confidence. And when it comes to salvation, the last thing we need is false confidence.
November 8, 2012
As a youth, Martin Luther was terrified of a holy God. He entered a German monastery to try to gain God’s approval, but only after reading the book of Romans did he understand this: God’s favor and forgiveness are freely granted to those who believe in His Son. Faith, not good works, is the key that opens heaven’s door. Today we will hear the lessons we can learn from one man’s journey to faith.
November 7, 2012
Like barnacles on a boat, traditions had attached themselves to the Christian faith for well over a thousand years. It took a man like Martin Luther to free the church from darkness. Luther found salvation by reading the book of Romans, and used his newfound faith to change the church’s course toward a biblical understanding of salvation. He rediscovered the meaning of grace, justification, and faith.
November 6, 2012
When Martin Luther comprehended the meaning behind “justification by faith” in the book of Romans, he unleashed a religious firestorm, his actions led to a great Reformation—a breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church—that altered the landscape of Europe. Long-held tradition gave way to a resurgence of faith in the Word of God, a faith possessed by every believer, not just the priesthood.
November 5, 2012
The book of Romans has played a major role in world history. By reading its pages a man came to faith in Christ—a man whose actions began a tidal wave of spiritual power across Europe and the entire world. His name was Martin Luther, and today we will begin tracing his story—the story of a man desperate to know how he could be right before a holy God.
November 2, 2012
Fact: all of us are sinners. Fact: all of us are under condemnation. Fact: no one can save themselves. God did something about this. His justice was satisfied in the death of His only Son. God’s mercy flows freely to all who believe in Jesus. Those who believe in Jesus receive His righteousness. Today, you can believe and be saved.
November 1, 2012
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About Running To Win 15 Minute Version

Running the race of life is hard. But with the Bible front and center and a heart to encourage, Pastor Erwin Lutzer presents clear Bible teaching, helping you make it across the finish line. Since 1998, this 15-minute program has provided a Godward focus. Today this program broadcasts internationally in seven languages.

About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years (1980-2016). He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (Now Trinity Law School).

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on two radio programs: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Running To Win broadcasts on a thousand outlets in the U.S. and across more than fifty countries in seven languages. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Pastor Lutzer is also a prolific author of over seventy books, including the bestselling We Will Not Be Silenced, One Minute After You Die, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Connect with Pastor Lutzer on X (@ErwinLutzer) or moodymedia.org.

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