Abraham, Paul and David: Romans 4:1-8

We are in Romans chapter four. That just sounds good to say Romans chapter four. That means we’re making progress- huge progress. We are in Romans four, and the subject continues to be justification by faith. This is a major doctrine in the Bible. In fact, Luther, Calvin, the reformers, they understood that this was the cornerstone.

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The Implication of Justification - Romans 3:27-31

We’re in the study of Romans, and today we are looking at Romans 3:27-31. If you’re a note-taker, the title of this is Three Great Implications. Just by way of reorientation, just to remind you, the apostle Paul wrote this letter and he’s never been to Rome, he’s not met the people to whom he’s writing this letter. 

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The Heart of the Epistle- Romans 3:21-26

Take your Bible, if you would. Turn with me to Romans 3 and we're going to be in verses 21-26 and we'll see how much time we have to work our way through this. Be thinking of questions as well and I'm going to save us time at the end for us to discuss this, but of all the studies for you to come to, this has got to rank near the top. 

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The Final Verdict- Romans 3:9-20

We're in Romans, chapter 3. We're beginning in verse 9, and if we can do this, we're going to go through verse 20. This is Paul's summation for everything that he has said to this point in this first major section of the book of Romans, which the one word that summarizes this first section, is condemnation. Beginning in chapter 1, verse 18, is the final crescendo of this section. There is no good news until we know what the bad news is.

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Answering Objections - Romans 3:1-8

As we look at Romans 3:1-8, this is a final section before Paul will wrap up the entire section on condemnation. In Chapter 3, beginning in verse 9 and extended to verse 20 is his summation of total depravity and his summation of the condemnation of the human race. But before he comes to the summation starting verse 9, in the first 8 verses, he wants to answer some objections. I've titled this message Answering Objections. And what we learn from this is every teacher of the word can be easily misunderstood.

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True and False Circumcision - Romans 2:25-29

We’re in Romans 2. No surprise to any of us. Romans 2. And today, Lord willing, we want to look at verse 25 to 29. Today’s study is going be a little bit different in that we are going to need to lay a foundation for this before this is really going to capture our understanding. We’re going to do a walk through the Bible to get to this because this deals with circumcision. This is not a normal part of our life as gentiles

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Condemned By the Law- Romans 2:17-24

We're in Romans 2, and we're going be looking, depending upon our time at verses 17 to 24. I want set the context before I read the verses. Just to remind you of where we are in the Book of Romans, as you recall, the whole Book of Romans is about the Gospel. In Chapter 1, Verse 1, Paul writes that this is about the Gospel of God.

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The Moralist Condemned, Part 2 - Romans 2:6-11

If you have your Bibles, turn with me to Romans 2 and let me welcome those who are watching us livestream. Literally, everywhere I go, people come up to me and say they're watching on livestream. Thank you for being a part of this study. You're really sitting around the table with us and we're in Romans 2 and I wanna begin by reading what's gonna be our passage that we'll look at today and the heading on this is really part two from what we looked at last time, the moralist condemned and the moralist is the person who is outwardly very moral, but inside their heart, they're just as corrupt as the person who is involved in deep sin actions of sin and so Paul wants to address the moralist now, that don't think that you will escape the wrath of God if you've not been born again.

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The Moralist Condemned, Part 1 - Romans 2:1-5

We're in Romans 2 and Lord willing, we're going to look at the first five verses this morning. We'll see how our pace goes. I want to begin just by reading this passage so that you can have it set before you and if you're taking notes, a title on this would be The Moralist Condemned, and that's the succinct summary of what this paragraph is about. Paul being, "Therefore, you have no excuse, every one of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you who judge practice the same things and we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things, but do you suppose this,

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Death of a Society - Romans 1:28-32

Romans 1. We’re in Romans 1. I promise you we’re going to finish Romans 1, all right? But as John McArthur says, deeper is better than shallower, slower is better than faster. That’s kind of what we’re doing here a little bit. We’re in Romans 1:28. And as you know we’re in this larger section that we would just call condemnation. Before we get to salvation there has to be condemnation.

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Abandoned by God - Romans 1:24-27

“Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”Verse 26. “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”

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No Excuse - Romans 1:19-23

This is his most extraordinary treatise for what is the gospel. Where Paul begins is with the condemnation of the entire human race. He cinches that knot pretty tightly, and the reason he does so is the good news of the gospel is never good news until you know what the bad news is. He has to begin with our need for the gospel. The necessity of the gospel.That is why he is beginning with the wrath of God, because the entire human race is under the wrath of God. Therefore, the entire human race desperately needs the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone that you will run into today as you disperse and go back to your place of business.

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Divine Wrath - Romans 1:18

We are in Romans 1:18. I want to begin by reading this verse. This verse is so critically important that this enough for us to chew on this morning. As I said earlier, we will pick up our pace in two weeks, but I want us to squeeze this lemon and get as much lemon juice out of it. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness, and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” You no doubt see the stark contrast between the good news of the gospel in verses 16 and 17 where we have been camped out the last weeks. Now, this shocking contrast in verse 18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven.”

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From Faith to Faith - Romans 1:17

We are going to come back and look at verse 17 one more time. Just to remind you, this is the key verse in the entire book of Romans, so to understand this verse is to understand, in reality, the book of Romans. It is the chief theme. It is the Mount Everest. It is the mountain peak, and it comes at what we call the end of the prologue, which is verses 1 through 17. Everything has been building, building, building, like climbing up a mountain.

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The Righteousness of God - Romans 1:17

All right, Romans 1:17, we are in the heart of the gospel. If there was ever a bible study for you to be a part of this is it today. You're in the right place, at the right time. We're looking at Romans 1:17. I want to begin just by reading this one verse. You may say, "Well, how could we spend a whole study on just one verse?" My challenge is going to be to get it all in in one study.

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Three Great I Am's - Romans 1:14-16

All right. Romans 1. My Bible is just now automatically flopping open to Romans 1. We’ve talked about that we’re in the opening prolog, which is the first 17 verses of Romans, and it’s all about what the entire book is about, which is the Gospel. The Gospel is the good news of salvation that is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Especially in the first seven verses, we’ve been hammering out just all of the specifics of the Gospel, and last time in verses 8-13 we looked at the servant of the Gospel.

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Profile of a Servant - Romans 1:8-13

Take your bible and turn with me to the Book of Romans. Over the last several weeks, we have looked at verses one through seven, and there is a part of me that would love to go back through verses one through seven, but I am not going to do that. The prologue for the book of Romans actually continues into verse 17, so think of verses one through 17 in chapter one as the front porch to the house designed to orient us to what will be the focus for the entire rest of the book. In one sense, to understand this opening prologue is to understand the whole rest of the book what will be opened up with greater detail.

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Getting the Gospel Right, Part II - Romans 1:3-7

The gospel is the good news that God has provided salvation for perishing sinners through the person and work of His Son, Jesus Christ. But the gospel is more than good news. It is the best news that anyone will ever receive. No one will ever hear better news than what they hear in the gospel of God. Here is the glorious news that there is deliverance from the gathering storm of the coming wrath of God on the last day.

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