Summary: Many believe Romans to be a compicated book in the Bible. It is more like Christianity 101. This series or messages is to "Unveil the Gospel of Christ."
(A) THE PLAN OF THE GOSPEL
(B) THE NEED OF THE GOSPEL
C) THE WAY TO THE GOSPEL 3:21-5:11
I. THROUGH THE PROPITIATION OF GOD (3:21-23)
(a) Propitiate = To regain good will
(b) A righteousness from God -
v21 A righteousness apart from the law - (the law doesn’t save, it reveals)
v22a A righteousness that comes through FAITH, to trust God
v22b A righteousness that is available to all.
v23 A righteousness that is needed by all, for all sin and fall short.
II. THROUGH THE JUSTIFICATION OF GOD (3:24-31)
(a) Justify = To declare guiltless
v24a A declaration that is offered freely, but is not free (to God).
v24b A declaration that comes only by grace, not by our goodness, or self worth
v24c A declaration that is redemptive (redeem = paid in full)
v25-31 A declaration that comes only through Jesus Christ.
III. THROUGH THE RELATION OF GOD (4:1-25)
(a) Relation = Connection through blood, marriage or kinship
(b) Abraham = The example of relation through God
v1-3 A relationship where Abraham believed, and trusted God
v4-8 A relationship based on God’s goodness, not our works
v9 A relationship that is available to everyone.
v10-15 A relationship that is based on God’s truth, not ritual.
v16-23 A relationship that is based on God’s promises, not reason. If you try to discover God with human reasoning, you will miss Him, and His way to the gospel.
v24-25 A relationship with God through God, and guaranteed by Jesus Christ.
IV. THROUGH THE RECONCILIATION OF GOD (5:1-11)
(a) Reconcile = To settle a quarrel
(b) God settled it: Through Jesus Christ, the battle is over
(c) THE BIG TRADE (The Benefits Of The Gospel)
v1 Give you peace!
v2a Give you complete access to the throne.
v2b-4 Give you hope in times of suffering.
v5 Give you the Holy Spirit.
v6-8 Give you His son while you are still in sin.
v9-11 Give you friendship with God.