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The Gospel

"There is none righteous, not even one"

The Bible teaches us that mankind is sinful.  All are born in sin and are sinners.  All of mankind is depraved and under God's righteous judgment; there are none who are good, not one.

As such, mankind is in need of a Savior.  The Bible teaches us that Christ is that Savior and He is the only One that can save us because He is God in flesh, the Son of God.  He has died for our sin and taken the punishment we deserved, though He is without sin; He is the perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God.  He is our penal substitutionary atonement.  He is the only way, truth and life--we must go to Him to get to God the Father.

This is only possible through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ.


This Sunday's Sermon Info

Romans 12:1-2

Beginning in what we call chapter twelve and verse one, the Apostle Paul starts a new section of his letter.  Paul, having established clearly in chapters 1-11 what God has done for sinful humans, both Jew and Gentile alike, will now in chapters 12-15 “underlie the imperatives outlining ones’ duty and obligation to God.” (Schreiner, 1998, 640.)  What should the saints in Rome do now that they have been enlightened as to what God has done?  There is a proper response to the truth the apostle has shared with the saints.  It is not a passive response but an active one, “rooted in faith and energized by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Schreiner)  The Apostle Paul exhorts the saints to give themselves exclusively to their Savior God and reject any part of this world system that would cause them to be unacceptable to God.  They were not to “be conformed to this world” but they were to be holy, proving what God’s will is, “that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Submission to God is paramount for the redeemed sinner.  Nothing else can be achieved if the saints do not submit to their sovereign Savior-God.  In fact, their very salvation could be called into question if they cannot submit to God in faithful obedience.  How is a believer to “prove what the will of God is” if he cannot or will not submit to that will?  The transformation about which the Apostle Paul writes occurs when the saint turns from conformation to the world and through obedience to God’s Word and the supernatural work of God’s Spirit is transformed daily.  This transformation will result in submission to God’s will, proving “that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

This Sunday's Sermon Outline


Point I: Basis for the Exhortation (1a)
Point II: Command of the Exhortation (1b)
Point III: Process of the Exhortation (2)

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