Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 3:27–3:31
After showing us that everyone is lost in sin and in need of a Savior, Paul declares in Romans 3 the glorious hope of justification by faith. He tells us that the righteousness of Christ can be ours, simply by believing on Jesus Christ. Paul then immediately anticipates the question that might be raised: “so what?” That is, what difference does it make to know that faith in Jesus makes us right with God? The answer that Paul gives is as practical as it is profound: to be justified by faith means that we cannot boast in anything we do. We must give all praise and glory to the Lord, who saves apart from any human work. It also means that there is only one way anyone can be saved – through faith in Jesus. And it means that God not only establishes His righteous standard but that when He saves sinners, He makes them new in Jesus Christ. That is cause for rejoicing, as the cry of the gospel is “No Boasting!” (Romans 3:27-31).
I. Salvation by Grace Excludes Boasting
A. No Boasting in Works
B. No Boasting in Faith
II. Salvation by Grace is For Everyone
A. One Way of Salvation
B. Salvation for All
III. Salvation by Grace Upholds The Law
A. Upheld in Justification
B. Upheld in Sanctification
Questions for consideration: (1) Why do you think Paul did not end this passage at verse 26? Why is this passage so important for us to read? (2) What does it mean for evangelism in our modern society to stand for the exclusive claim of the gospel? What does it mean to stand for the claim that the gospel is for everyone? (3) How can God’s law help you to understand His grace?