Sermon Study Guide

 

 

GOOD NEWS!

(Part 2)

 

Romans: From Guilt to Glory (5) - August 19, 2018 - Pastor Alan Cousins

 

Text: Romans 1:16-17; and Selected Scriptures

 

Introduction: What we have learned so far ...

 

I.   PAUL’S CONFIDENCE IN THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL

     (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18-24)

 

  • Four Components of the Gospel (Acts 2:22-39)

 

  1. The gospel reveals that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah.

 

  1. The gospel focuses on the life and death of Jesus Christ.

 

  1. The gospel entails an explanation of Jesus’ resurrection.

 

  1. The gospel includes an explanation of Christ’s exultation.

 

  • Why the Gospel Is Offensive to Our Culture

 

  1. The gospel claims to be the absolute truth.

 

  1. The gospel is insistent upon the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.

 

  1. The gospel expresses that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.

 

II.  PAUL’S CONVICTION THAT SALVATION IS POSSIBLE ONLY BY

     THE GOSPEL (Rom. 1:16)

 

  • A Working Definition of “Salvation”

 

On the negative side of the definition ...

  1. God rescues us from guilt.

 

  1. God rescues us from the pollution of sin.

 

  1. God rescues us from slavery.

 

  1. God rescues us from punishment.

 

On the positive side of the definition ...

 

  1. God brings us into a relationship where we are accepted.

 

  1. God brings us into a relationship where we become holy.

 

  1. God brings us into a relationship where we become free.

 

  1. God brings us into a relationship of blessed fellowship with Him.

 

Salvation means: rescue from the guilt, pollution, slavery and punishment of sin; while being brought into a relationship of acceptance, holiness, freedom, and fellowship with God.

 

  • There Is No Salvation Without Belief

 

The universal dimension of the gospel is: “to everyone who believes;” the particular dimension of the gospel is: “to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

 

III.  PAUL’S CERTAINTY IN SALVATION IS BECAUSE GOD’S

      RIGHTEOUSNESS IS MANIFESTED THROUGH THE GOSPEL

      (Rom. 1:17)

 

God has saved us in such a way that His justice is fully served.

 

The reason we are secure from the wrath of God is only because it would be wrong for God to punish us if we have trusted in His Son.