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The Grace of Faith

April 8, 2018 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Romans

Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 1:5–7

Faith is central to the Christian life. Faith is something we talk about all the time. Throughout the Bible, we are called to have faith, to exercise faith, to receive by faith, and be firm in faith. But faith itself is not presented in the Scriptures as something with inherent power. Rather, faith is like an empty hand that receives the promises and gifts of God. That is why we can speak of both “salvation by grace” and “salvation by faith.” Faith recognizes my inability and my need for God’s grace. I have no hope in myself, but in the Lord, I have every sure hope! Well did the hymn writer say, “My faith looks up to Thee, Thou lamb of Calvary, Savior divine!” Paul continues his address to the Christians in Rome with a reminder of “The Grace of Faith.” (Romans 1:5-7)

I. Faith Looks Outside Myself
A. Faith Knows We Deserve Condemnation
B. Faith Receives God’s Grace 
C. Faith Obeys the Gospel Command

II. Faith Looks to God
A. Faith Sees God’s Calling
B. Faith Sees God’s Love
C. Faith Sees God’s Glory

Questions for consideration: (1) Why is it important for you to recognize that you are not “good”? Why is that truth so hard to accept? (2) What is the difference between seeing the gospel as an opportunity and a command? (3) In what ways are you tempted to view your salvation self-centeredly? What can you do to focus on the Lord in salvation?

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