Guilty: Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt
In this text, we encounter the climax of human sinfulness. Paul has been building his case against all humanity, that we are all sinners, desperately in need of salvation. This final blow leaves every human guilty before God, preparing us to hear the Good News that God has accomplished and provided salvation in Christ alone. When we correctly see our guilt before God, we are ready to look to Jesus as our Savior.
One of the most common and dangerous mistakes made by human beings is false assumptions. First, we make false assumptions about the character and nature of God. Secondly, we make false assumptions about God's Word and will. The result is that these false assumptions lead to a life lived in contradiction to the intended will of God for our lives. In this text, Paul warns of the danger of false assumptions and calls us to rightly know God and His Word.
Wise Stewards of Our Time
As we embark upon a New Year, it is timely for us to be reminded that this life is short. We must be good stewards of the time that God has entrusted to us. Good stewards do several things: they get rid of the "junk", they spend regular time in the Word, they are committed to prayer, they are constantly reminded of the essentials of the Gospel and who they are in Christ, and finally they are committed to taking the Gospel to others in need of salvation in Christ alone.
God With Us
Too often we fail to live our daily lives with the reality that God is not far from us, uninterested or disengaged in our lives. On the contrary, the Bible teaches us that we should live moment by moment understanding the truth that God is with us. How would our lives change if we lived with this reality that God is with me every moment of everyday? That's what we consider in this sermon as we celebrate Christmas.
Jesus makes the bold claim that He alone is the way to reconciliation with God, forgiveness and eternal life in heaven. However, mankind throughout history has attempted to find safety, security and salvation in things that offer nothing more than artificial safety. Paul confronts our efforts to trust in things such as legacy, knowledge and ritual and instead calls us to faith in Christ alone.
All Judged By the Law
As Paul continues the preparatory work of the Gospel, he directs the readers attention to the truth that the coming Judgment of God will be according to God's Law. Paul reveals the reality of universal human sinfulness, in that every person has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The coming Judgment applies to both Jew and Gentile, no one is exempt. Paul's goal is to help ever person be honest in our predicament before God and look to Jesus as our only hope of salvation.
Paul continues in the task of preparing people to hear and embrace the Good News of the Gospel by revealing the truth that a day of judgment is coming. There will be no excuses to offer on behalf of ourselves at this judgment. Paul pleads with sinners to not abuse the patience of God, for those outside of Christ will be judge by the works and deeds their lives have produced. This judgment comes from an impartial, righteous and holy Judge. The Good News is that we can be ready for this day only by resting and trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Paul begins the necessary work of preparing people to hear the Good News of the Gospel. The first necessary step in that process is revealing to sinners that we are without excuse before a holy and righteous God. As the wrath of God is revealed, sinful humanity attempts to suppress the truth, resulting in an ever-increasing progression of sin. This truth must cause us to stop, evaluate our lives and look to Jesus alone for salvation.
The Gospel's Expectations
Paul reveals to us that God has attached certain expectations in regards to how the Gospel is ministered to others. As Christians, we are called to embrace our obligation to take the Good News to all people, eager to speak the message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This requires us to be unashamed of the Gospel and to live by faith. May we be faithful to the Gospel's expectations.
The Gospel's Motivation
Paul addresses the threefold motivation of Gospel ministry. First, Gospel ministry must be centered on God. Secondly, Gospel ministry requires total commitment from those who profess to be new creations in Christ. Finally, Gospel ministry requires community. God has designed the Church to function as a tightly knit body that is dependent upon one another for spiritual health, growth and effectiveness.
The Intent of the Gospel
Once Paul establishes the standing of a Christian as a slave of Christ, called to proclaim the Gospel, he now is ready to reveal the intentions of the Gospel. The Gospel is a message of salvation for sinners that is not new, is focused on Jesus as Lord intended to call a particular people to faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The Gospel's Slave
As we begin our study through the book of Romans, Paul introduces himself as a slave of Christ. Paul views his life as purchased by the blood of Jesus. As a result, Paul seeks Christ's will in every aspect of his life and calls us to do the same.
Biblical Building II
Part three of a three part series considering the biblical foundation of the local church. The church must be willing to embrace the biblical model for church structure not the man-made methods.
2 Cor 3:8-15
Biblical Building I
Part two of a three part series considering the biblical foundation of the local church. The church must be willing to embrace the biblical model for church structure not the man-made methods.
1 Tim 3:14-15
Part one of a three part series considering the foundation of the local church. Jesus says He will build His church. We are commanded to build upon the solid foundation of the Gospel.
The Servant of Christ
Jesus calls the leadership of the local church to be servants of others. The faithful servant of Christ will deliver God's Word accurately, allowing others to be transformed by the living Word of God.
I Cor 4:1-5
The Good News Revealed
From the study through the book of Romans. Paul has presented the absolute sinfulness of mankind. Now his attention turns to the Good News of the Gospel found by faith in Jesus Christ.