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Righteousness Through Faith

August 12, 2018 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Romans

Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 3:21–26

The opening chapters of Romans can feel like descending in a long, dark tunnel. Paul makes every effort to show his readers that all people are lost in sin; there is no one who does any good, Paul says. A truthful account of our estate can bring us to despair – there is nowhere to hide from the holy gaze of the Lord God. But just when it appears darkest, Paul opens our eyes to the glorious light of the gospel of grace. There is indeed no hope for the sinner in his own works, but there is every hope in the righteousness of Christ. God has made a way for sinners to be reconciled to Himself, and Jesus Christ has purchased that way. By faith alone, the sinner can have perfect righteousness, a righteousness from God, manifested in the work of Jesus. Our every hope is found in a “Righteousness Through Faith” (Romans 3:21-26).

I. Righteousness For Us
A. Nothing We Can Do
B. Through Faith Alone
C. Only One Hope

II. Righteousness From Christ
A. Redeemed
B. God’s Wrath Satisfied
C. God Reaching Out

Questions for consideration: (1) Why is it so important for us to recognize that the righteousness of God comes “apart from the law?” What does that mean for your everyday life? For the message of the gospel we bring to others? (2) What is faith? Why is it important that we understand what faith is? (3) Why did Jesus have to be a propitiation? Why couldn’t God just forgive our sins without a sacrifice? What does that tell us about God? About sin?

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