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Everyone is Under Sin

July 22, 2018 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Romans

Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 3:9–3:20

What is the standing of people before a holy and just God? Many people believe that God overlooks whatever “small” wrong things they have done and magnifies the “good” things they have done. After all, they ask, “Aren’t people basically good?” But throughout the opening chapters of Romans, Paul has painstakingly proven that people are not basically good, and they need the grace of God because they are unable to stand before the justice of God. Paul caps off his argument by showing that all – without exception – are sinners who are worthy of condemnation. He says, in essence, “You are not as bad as you think you are. You are worse!” In this way, Paul makes sure we all know that we need the good news of the gospel of grace, because “Everyone is Under Sin” (Romans 3:9-20).

I. The Depravity of Sin
A. No One is Righteous
B. No One Understands
C. No One Seeks God

II. The Display of Sin
A. Wicked Words
B. Wicked Actions
C. Wicked Judgment

III. The Devastation of Sin
A. No Words
B. No Hope
C. No Excuse

Questions for consideration: (1) Why does Paul think it is so important to show everyone that they are sinners? Do you believe you are a sinner? Why or why not? (2) Paul begins his specifics with the way people talk. Why do you think he does that? (3) What does Paul mean by “the works of the law” and why are they unable to bring justification?

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