Sermon Study Guide

 

 

Faith & Grace

 

Romans: From Guilt to Glory (33) - June 16, 2019 - Pastor Alan Cousins

 

Text: Romans 4:16-17

 

Introduction: Why is justification by faith? Why does God use faith and not something else as the instrument by which we receive salvation?

Jewish Objections:

Paul, it is very clear that our father Abraham was justified by h__ w____.” W____ -- Rom. 4:1-3

But Paul, God cares about what we do and how we live; He will judge us by our w____.” Y__, B__ -- Rom. 4:4-8

Yes, but the blessedness David is talking about is r_______ for the J___ who are under the l__.” W____ -- Rom. 4:9-12

Yes, but Abraham received his inheritance because of his o__ r____________.” W____ -- Rom. 4:13-15

Yes, but why would God justify us by faith alone?” Rom. 4:16-17
 

I.    WHY IS JUSTIFICATION BY F____? (Rom. 4:16)


Justification Is by Faith, Because the L__ B_____ W____
 

They put their trust in their o___ a______ of law keeping

as opposed to God’s gracious p_______ for a s_____

relationship with Him.

 

Where there is law, there is l__ b_______.
 

Apart from grace, the law is going to exaggerate our tendency to go against God's law. So the progression will be the l__, t____________, and then of course, God's c___________.
 

Another Objection:Wait a second, Paul. The law has a provision for God's favor towards us even when we sin; if we r_____, He forgives us. The law also has a provision that if we sin, we are to g___ a___ in order to make restitution. Why the law even has atonement. If we sin we m___ s_________ and we are made right with God.”

 

Paul’s Response:You need to understand that this if far more radical than you ever dreamt. Repentance means nothing if you don't r______ the problem. Blood means nothing unless there is a real sacrifice that s________ s__. The elements of the law God gave you to provide an external reconciliation with Him mean nothing if they are not f________ in Jesus Christ.”
 

► Justification Is by Faith, Because F____ Is in Accordance

with G____

We not only d____ d_____ God's favor, we have not done

anything positive enough to e___ or w_____ His favor, in

fact we have done the opposite by b_______ God's law.

What we offer to God can n____ m____ the grace of His

gift because He has given His Son.

F____ causes us to look away from ourselves, and look to what God has p_______.

You don't e___ a gift. You r______ a gift; and faith corresponds to receiving that gift.
 

II. JUSTIFICATION IS BY FAITH, SO THAT GOD’S C_______ P______ TO ABRAHAM CAN BE F________ (Rom. 4:17)


If God was going to give the nations to Abraham as his spiritual inheritance, then it must be through some other means than the Mosaic law. This gift had to be r_______ by f____.
If you want to be condemned,
l___ w_____; but if you want to be saved, you must l___ u__ to Jesus Christ.
 

III. JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH IS N________ FOR THE F__________ OF GOD’S COVENANT PROMISE (Rom. 4:17; Heb. 11:17-19)

 

God opened Sarah's womb, which for all intents and purposes, was a g____; and He brought forth l___ from her dead womb.

Perhaps, this phrase points to the m________ of Abraham's descendants. For many years Abraham's name (lit. g____ f_____) did not match his experience because he was childless.

 

Today, __ b______ people on this planet worship the s___ of Abraham -- the Lord Jesus Christ.
 

Abraham trusted God so much that he knew if necessary God would r________ Isaac from the dead in order to fulfill His promises.