Join us as we move slowly through the book of Romans throughout the entire year of 2019.

One of our Core Values at Courage Church is CONVERSATION, and if you have any questions about the book of Romans, you can submit those to us and we will do our best to answer them via a recorded Q&R time at Courage Church, or through a podcast or written response. We look forward to your questions and the conversations that will come from them!

(while supplies last) we will provide everyone who attends Courage Church while we study Romans, with one copy of the Romans Scripture Journal. We recommend that you order one for yourself if you are studying along with us, so you can take notes right along with the teaching.

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How most of us read the Bible needs to change, if we are ever going to truly be changed by it.


The Bible’s job is not to affirm you. It is not here to make you feel good about all of the things that you already believe. It’s easy to read the Bible through the perspective that you already view life through and find things that YOU CAN USE to continue viewing things that way. That is how most of us read the Bible. We read it, constantly framing God into whatever box we are already convinced that He lives in. 

It is very HARD to approach something that you HAVE seen before (or read before), with fresh eyes ready to learn something NEW from it… But if we go into this series just wanting to hear things that we already know, we will keep living the same way that we are living.

But this book has the power to change your entire life.

So as we begin this series through the book of Romans, let’s begin with a simple prayer:

Let’s ask God to change us through the reading of His Word.

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This is a list of the primary resources that were used when building this teaching series. A full bibliography of all resources will be released upon completion. There are additional book recommendations included on the individual sermons of books referenced specifically for that teaching.

The series on Paul’s letter to the Romans is an incredibly extensive study. Many of the sermons in this series have additional podcast recordings, blog posts and clips from Sunday services including the closing thoughts at the end of service. We encourage you to take the study slowly, and do not be afraid to ask questions.

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Please note: the sermons are listed from most recent to oldest, so if you wish to start at the beginning, you need to scroll to the bottom and click on “01 The Introduction”

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Ancient Cliff Notes


series began on Sunday August 19, 2018. 

In this series, we are exploring stories and books of the Old Testament in a cliff notes style, highlighting the key elements and only giving one sermon on each story. 

In each sermon, we will work to help you gain an understanding of what happened THEN, what it means for you and I NOW, and how it points to Jesus. 

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As a church in the inner city of Detroit, who is always working on new and creative ways to reach our city, we are always working to raise the support needed to do the work that we do. Because of that, it could be very easy to keep whatever money does come in, right here in the city. But one thing that God spoke to us at the beginning of 2018, was that even though the needs right here in our own city will never all be met, that we needed to sew seeds into the work being done all around the world, so began to support several missionaries, from China to Cuba to Haiti to Indonesia to the campus of the University of Michigan.

In this series, we brought in 3 of those missionaries to share with us what is going on, in China, Haiti, and Indonesia, and then we honed in on our mission right here in Detroit. We want to always remember that we are not the only mission in the world, and want to support the work God is doing all over, but at the end of the day we must never forget that we are on a mission here, and it is a very clear mission that will only come to pass by the grace of God and the faithfulness of His people.

There is a very big difference between vision and mission. Sometimes, we spend all of our focus and energy on where we want to go, that we miss what we are supposed to do with what we have right now, and where we are right now. In the Bible, Jesus doesn’t really give us much of a vision, what he really gives us is a mission. Go, make disciples. Bring people back to God. Reconcile with the people in your life who you have hurt, be an agent of reconciliation for people who are far away from Jesus. Don’t count their trespasses against them.

Do it in your neighborhood.

Do it where you work.

Do it at school.

Do it in our city.

Do it on the other side of the world.

Do it wherever God calls you to go.

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Gifts of the Spirit


The Gifts of the Spirit are without a doubt the absolute most divisive subject WITHIN THE CHURCH over the last 100 or so years. 

Nothing has been more divisive, because it has an enormous target on its back. When the Church is functioning in these gifts in the proper order and with love as the centerpiece, as Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 12, 13 and 14, it becomes an unstoppable force for change in our world.

But its something that we absolutely have to do everything that we possibly can to get right, so that our gifts truly would point people to Jesus, and not push them away from Him. 



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***Please note that all of the following books were used as resources for this series but not everything in each of these books lines up perfectly with the conclusions that we have drawn in the series. These resources will help you in any continued study beyond what we have done, as you wrestle with this difficult topic yourself.  We strongly encourage you to begin with the teaching series . 

***Please note that all of the following books were used as resources for this series but not everything in each of these books lines up perfectly with the conclusions that we have drawn in the series. These resources will help you in any continued study beyond what we have done, as you wrestle with this difficult topic yourself. We strongly encourage you to begin with the teaching series

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Galatians 6:9 is the verse of the year for 2018 - "Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up" - and with where we find ourselves as a church in this season, I don't think that there is a better verse in the entire Bible for us. 

May this verse carry our church as we work to close the gaps that are still open, finish the projects that we have started, and move forward on the dreams that God has given us for our community!

Enjoy this three part series!

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Core Values


if you have no gauge on what is important, then you have no way to measure whether or not you are on the right track

That is what Core Values do…

they keep us disciplined… they keep us on mission… they give us something the bounce whatever it is we are doing, off of, and see… IS THIS FURTHERING THE MISSION OF MY LIFE? 

I know for us, in this city, as transient as it is, and just because of the heart of the city… it can sometimes be difficult to determine “God… are we on the right path?” but this gives us a clear guide… 

So we ask questions like: 


are we living and growing more and more generous? Are we working together more than we used to? Are we getting more courageous with every new step we take?or are we getting more timid and less bold with each step we take? are we holding closer to our wallets because we feel like things are too tight for us to help anyone else… 

Are we living our lives outside of ourselves? Are we reading the word of God more, praying more, and growing in our worship and adoration for Jesus? Or have those things become afterthoughts to our busy lives? 

Unless you build the foundation of your life on PURPOSE, you very well may find yourself working and working and working but never feeling like you have gotten anywhere. 


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In putting together this Core Values series, and shaping a lot of the direction for where we see our church going, the following books were either directly used and were mentioned or quoted during the series. 

In putting together this Core Values series, and shaping a lot of the direction for where we see our church going, the following books were instrumental in the shaping of the values. 

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Love Incorruptible


A series based on the book of Ephesians.

This 14 week series was given between April 23, 2017 and July 23, 2017

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we have an identity problem in our world. 


and we have it in our churches


and so often, when someone comes into this place, or wants to talk to a Christian and confess their “sins” to them, or whatever… what we tend to do is immediately focus on that thing… that “sin” and we try and work people through behavior modification thinking that “if they can just change the way that they ACT, then their lives will change…” 


but the root of so many problems can not be weeded out by changing your behavior… because who you are is always there, whether you mask it or not. The real issue is people don’t know who they are! 

Even Christians! They don’t know who they are… they don’t know what they are worth! 

Its an identity issue. 


We find our worth in the things that we tangibly accomplish or don’t accomplish on this earth. Take me for example… and today I can share this as a “testimony” but many of you have heard me say it as I was walking through it as well… We wanted to get that house. 

and I was riding high when we raised the money… I was feeling like the king of the world, like “we are going to DO SOMETHING!” 

but then when deal after deal fell through, seriously, I got so down on myself that I was a little depressed. I felt like a liar… I questioned the vision that God gave us… and I felt a bit like a worthless pastor at times…

now that we have it, I think because of that, I can honestly say that God is working, and having the house or NOT having the house does not define who I am… 

When I sin… when I screw up… I feel worthless. I feel incompetent to be a pastor at this church… not always… but sometimes… because what I am doing is, I am putting my worth in what I DO. and when things seem like they are not working… I do the same thing… I let myself take the blame… 

But what Ephesians says, is that my identity is not found in houses, churches, messages, music, art, and even Godly behavior. It is found in Jesus. 

and no book of the bible is more clear about this, than Ephesians.

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