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The Way of Salvation

The Way of Salvation

Lesson on Romans 10 originally delivered on 4/15

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Matthew 1:21
    • Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua (Yeshuah), His name means “Yahweh saves”
    • “For he will save his people from their sins”
  • We should be excited about our salvation
  • Obedience in the midst of relationship
    • Nehemiah 9:29
    • Romans 7:10
  • We need to be zealous for God as it relates to righteousness
  • Deuteronomy 30:11-14
    • God’s salvation, that which he offers, is not impossible through him.
  • Romans 10:9
    • Confessing and Believing
      • Confession of Christ is our public declaration of the Lordship of Christ in our lives
      • Belief details the heart — Our confession needs to be an inward expression of our hearts
  • 1 Corinthians 15:16-17
    • The resurrection means everything to the Christian faith.
    • Salvation is something we enter into and that propels us forward — Jesus satisfies
  • What does it mean to call on the name of the Lord?
    1. To recognize Christ as the only authority
    2. To know we have access to Him and He can do something about it.

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God’s Sovereign Mercy

God’s Sovereign Mercy

Lesson on Romans 9:19-24 Originally delivered on 4/8

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Four Truths:
    1. Israel has the same standards for salvation as Gentiles (It is the Gentiles who are grafted in)
    2. Ethnic Israel’s failure to obey does not mean God/God’s Word has failed
    3. God has chosen to use Israel to bring about His specific will
    4. Because of this, we cannot charge that God is unjust
  • Justice depends on correctness
  • God’s Character
    • Hebrews 3:12-15, Colossians 2:8, Hebrews 12:25, Ezekiel 18:30-32, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:4, Revelation 2:21, Romans 2:4
      • God is patient, wanting all to repent and hoping none perish
      • John 3:17, 1 Timothy 4:10
    • Now is the time for salvation
    • Our worth to God is not changed by what we do or do not do
    • Jeremiah 18:1-12
      • God’s standard does not change — Mercy comes with our obedience
    • V. 22-23: What if we don’t understand the application of His mercy
      • Now is the time for mercy and compassion
        • Joel 2:13, Jonah 3:10, 2 Timothy 2:21-22, Exodus 34:6-7, Ephesians 2:3-5
  • God does not harden someone’s heart unless they have first gone astray
  • Ultimately, God’s mercy comes from His love for us
    • Deuteronomy 7:7-8

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God’s Salvation – Part 7

God’s Salvation – Part 7

Lesson on Romans 8:26-39 Originally delivered on 3/25

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Not only are we given a different identity in Christ, we are given new power
    1. We have the Holy Spirit
    2. The HS gives us the power to walk in newness of life
    3. Through the HS, we must live in the spirit and put to death the things of the flesh
  1. The Holy Spirit’s Ministry in Salvation (V. 26-27)
    • Not only does the Spirit enable us to walk, it also intercedes for us.
      • John 14:16, Hebrews 7:25
  2. God’s On-going Work in Salvation (V. 28)
    • We often misinterpret this verse
    • “For those who love God”
      • John 14: 15, 21, 23; John 15:10
      • 1 John 5:3, 2 John 6
      • This is not a general encouragement, but a specific encouragement to live the life we were called to live
      • Genesis 50:20- Even when we do not understand, God is working things for good
  3. God’s Purpose in Salvation (V. 29-30)
    • “Moral conformity to the likeness of His Son” — Robert Mounce
  4. God’s Assurance in Salvation (V. 31-39)
    • God is for us
    • Paul uses plural pronouns (“us”/”we”) 11 times — We are called to live communally
    • We need to be persuaded to cherish the church enough that we want to bring others in

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God’s Salvation – Part 6

God’s Salvation – Part 6

Lesson on Romans 8:1-25 Originally delivered on 3/18

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Romans 5:10-6:6 tells us we were saved not just from sin, but also so we can walk in newness of life
  • Living under the law < Living under grace
  • New reality of Christ: Regenerate Man
    • V. 1-12
    • Holy Spirit + Jesus’ sacrifice enable me to live differently
    • V. 13: We have a flesh mind, but when we trust in Jesus we are given the mind of the Spirit
  • Galatians 5:16-24
  • Are you living by the Spirit?
  • V. 16: When living in the Spirit, we’re not relying on the flesh
    • Who are your guiding voices?
    • We must put Scripture in our minds to help us stop gratifying the flesh
    • Am I fighting sin, or just giving in?
  • V. 17-19: We must actively engage the Spirit
    • My sin also affects others. We must understand what sin does and why it’s so disastrous
  • V. 22-23: Fruit of the Spirit
    • When living in the Spirit, we will exhibit these traits.
  • V. 24: I must crucify the flesh
  • Put to death desires that are not of God’s Kingdom/righteousness
    • 1 Peter 4:1-4
  • Romans 8:14- Spirit led –> Child of God
  • V. 15-16: Spirit of Adoption
  • V. 17-18: Suffering is worth it. We are fighting sin now with the promise of future glory
  • V. 24-25: We have the power to live by the Spirit by spending time with God.

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God’s Salvation – Part 5

God’s Salvation – Part 5

Lesson on Romans 7 Originally delivered on 3/4

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Dead to the Law
    • Death alters the law
    • Since we have died to sin, we have also died to legalism
      • We have been released from the law, so we can serve in newness of spirit
    • The law reveals sin. Through the law, we can recognize our sin.
      • Colossians 3:5
      • We live with a tension of His will vs. Our sinful nature
      • We need to know when we miss the mark
        • Leviticus 18:5, Psalm 19:7-10, Ezekiel 20:11
    • Sin has kills me, not the Law
      • Sin took advantage of the Law
      • The Law is what it has always been (A good thing), but sin creeps in and entices us to break the law. (V. 13)
  • The Conflict of Two Natures
    • Christians are a hybrid of created and fallen man — we have experiential knowledge of good and evil and we’ve been reconciled to God through faith.
    • There’s a tension — my inner self wants to do right, but my sinful nature holds me back.
    • V. 25 should encourage us

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God’s Salvation – Part 4

God’s Salvation – Part 4

Lesson Originally delivered on 2/25

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • What now?
    • We’ve died to sin, how can we still live in it? Doing so would be hypocritical.
    • We have a personal responsibility for ministry
    • We’ve been baptized into Christ’s death
      • Mark 10:38, Luke 12:50
      • We who have died no longer rejoice in sin – we have a newness of life (V. 4)
        • As we place out faith in Jesus, we die to ourselves
        • We are justified so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin (V. 6-7)
        • His death is what enables us to live differently.
  • What does this look like?
    • Titus 2:14
    • Romans 6:11- Paul’s first exhortation to the Roman Christians comes midway through the sixth chapter. In light of what he’s said in chapters 1-5, we should consider ourselves alive in Christ
    • We are free of the debt we have accrued, but sin may still exist
      • Based upon grace, do not let sin reign in your life (V. 12)
      • We now have the ability to live righteously
    • We are slaves to whom (or what) we obey
      • Obedience leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to sanctification.

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God’s Salvation – Part 3

God’s Salvation – Part 3

Lesson Originally Delivered on 2/18

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Since we have been justified
    • We have peace – Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we can be rightly related to God
    • God’s reconciliation is unlike human reconciliation – only we have transgressed
      • In our sin, we are the ones who run. Yet it is God who reconciles us to Himself
  • We are in a state of grace
    • Ephesians 2:18, 3:12
      • We’ve been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of his son
    • Hebrews 10:19-22
      • Even in suffering, we can hope in God’s promise
        • That hope becomes a testimony of God’s love to the world
    • God’s love goes beyond our own, because Christ died for the unworthy
    • Since we have been reconciled, let us live as free people
  • Adam and Christ
    • Adam sinned, and through it, death entered the world. However, we’re all just as guilty
    • Christ brings grace and grace is greater than sin.
    • Grace leads to righteousness

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God’s Salvation – Part 2

God’s Salvation – Part 2

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Justification did not start in the New Testament
    • God is consistent. He was the same in the Old Testament as he is now.
    • Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness
      • Genesis 15:6
  • The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
    • We are not made right by the works we do, but by our faith in Jesus Christ
      • Luke 18:9-14, John 6:26-29, Hebrews 11:1
      • Faith is believing in God and knowing his word is true.
        • Then we must live our lives in accordance with those beliefs
    • Abraham’s faith is credited to him before the sign of circumcision
      • Circumcision was to be a sign of faith, not a giver of righteousness
  • Righteousness imputed
    • It is by Jesus’ righteousness that we are saved.
    • He has given account on our behalf through faith, resetting our relationship with him and changing our trajectory.
      • Philippians 3:9, Hebrews 11:6, Colossians 1:13

Additional Resources to consider:

Russell Moore | When Someone You Admire Does Something Disgusting

Matt Smethurst | 20 Quotes from a Mission’s Book that Every Pastor Should Read

Adam Graber | C.S. Lewis on Tech Addiction

Trevin Wax | The Missing Strand in Much of Our Discipleship

God’s Salvation – Part 1

God’s Salvation – Part 1

Lesson originally delivered on 2/4

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Jewish Advantage?
    • The people of the covenant have a great advantage: they have received redemption, provision, law, land, protection, the prophets, discipline and God’s word.
    • Righteousness comes not from background or heritage, but from God’s faithfulness
    • But are the Jews better than the Gentiles?
      • No! Sin affects all
        • Verses 10-18 illustrate what our lives would look like without Christ.
        • No one can be justified by works outside of faith and trust in God.
  • Righteousness comes through faith
    • The words “faith” and “believe” in verse 22 are both the Greek word Pisteo – “living Faith”
    • All people have access to God through faith
    • The debt is paid, so we are made right before God
      • Jesus’ death on the deals with our sins and satisfies God’s wrath
  • No one may boast
    • V. 27- Since we are justified by faith, not works, there’s no room for boasting
      • No one is worthy of God’s grace, yet He offers it freely to all
      • Those who live by faith to receive it.

Additional Resources to consider:

Justin Taylor | The Incredible Testimony as a Former Gymnast Confronts Her Sexual Abuser in Court

John Bloom | The Best Leaders are Often the Least Noticed

Kimberly Pelletier | Evangelism Meet Soul Care

Joe Carter | “Groundhog Day” Shows We are Stuck with Virtue

 

The Content of the Gospel – Part 2

The Content of the Gospel – Part 2

Lesson originally delivered on 1/28

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Romans 2:1-16
    • God’s judgment is right
      • Ezekiel 18
    • God’s impartial judgment is based on what we do
      • Free grace is not a license to freely sin
      • V. 4-11- God’s grace is given to us so we can do good
  • Romans 2:17-29
    • Paul is not condemning the church here, but rather asking them questions. Condemnation comes only if we don’t line up our actions with our beliefs.
    • God judges both Jews and Gentiles by their actions
    • All people who live by faith in Jesus are saved
  • Romans 3:1-4
    • Even though all are judged equally, it is of advantage to have grown up in the Covenant
      • Growing up in the church is an advantage, but we should take better advantage
    • Wherever we are with our walk with God, He only desires us to grow closer to him

Additional Resources to consider

Becca Vandekemp | What We Get Wrong About “Giving Our Testimony”

Carolyn Mahaney | The Cure for Most of Your Unhappiness

Russell  Moore | Have Bible Quoters Replaced Bible Readers?

Glen Stanton | New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Gro