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This sermon was one of eight, delivered at the 2022 Proclaim Conference, which is hosted by our Kenyan council member Ken Mbugua, Emmanuel Baptist Church, and Ekklesia Afrika. The conference’s theme and title was The Whole Christ, with each sermon making a case for the sufficiency and relevance of both Jesus’ person and work, for all of life.

You won’t meet many Christians who aren’t familiar with Romans 8. This is unsurprising. It is, after all, a powerfully reassuring portion of the Bible. Who hasn’t rejoiced in the opening verse: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1)? Starting there, Paul outlines the believer’s grounds for hope in spite of suffering and sin. He also reminds us of our adoption in Christ, providing believers with both an identity and the impetus to persevere. Finally, we encounter that beautiful promise: if Christ is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:39)? It is a passage about our glorious security in Christ.

If you are in Christ, you are in the Father’s hand and no one can snatch you out of his hands.

In this sermon, the seventh talk given at the 2022 Proclaim Conference, Chopo Mwanza spells out the believer’s incomparable and inspiring hope, which is ours in Christ. Unpacking Romans 8, Chopo strives to reassure believers of the profound security that we possess in Christ, who is not only our advocate, but also our protector and provider.

Security in Christ: Reassuring but Not Unrealistic

As Chopo asks, very much in line with Paul: “If God is for us, who can be against us? The point is not that no one can be against us, right? Because the believer has enemies. The one who is in Christ has enemies, right? The devil, the world, the flesh. The point being driven at is that there can be no effective opposition to the one who is in Christ Jesus, because God himself is the protector. God himself is the one who keeps you and watches over you. If you are in Christ, you are in the Father’s hand and no one can snatch you out of his hands. There can be no effective opposition. Greater is he that is in me; than he that is in the world.”

Indeed, there is no force powerful enough in the world to prevent those who have believed in Christ from arriving at their ultimate glorification. So listen in, to press on, clinging to Christ with the sure hope that he holds us.

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Text: Romans 8:31-39

Date preached: 24 September 2022

Location: 2022 Proclaim Conference, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Nairobi, Kenya