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.

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This Sunday's Sermon Info

Romans 6:1-14

Paul had argued in his letter in the previous section that God’s purpose in giving the Law was not as a means for salvation, but “so that the transgression would increase” (5:20).  Israel had hoped for deliverance from sin but had mistakenly come to believe it was to be delivered from sin through the Mosaic Law.  God had promised His people deliverance from sin, but it was to be through the gift of grace.  In this section of Paul’s letter to the saints of Rome we call chapter six (we are covering 1-14 first), the apostle explains that the power of sin has been broken in the lives of the redeemed just as God had promised.  Paul had already written (chapter five) that the first Adam had failed and to remain in him was to remain in sin and death.  To continue to be of the line of the first Adam was to remain in disobedience to God.  But, to belong to the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, was to be a person who was dramatically changed.  If in fact they were in Christ, the first Adam was gone, and they no longer lived under the power of sin and death but now they had been redeemed into lives of righteousness.  Those transferred into the family of the second Adam would take part in His resurrection and had been freed from the reign of sin and death created by the first Adam.  This section of Paul’s letter is a rousing exhortation for those who are redeemed in Christ to live lives that reflect that redemption.  Paul also gives a defense against charges of antinomianism that were leveled because of misunderstandings, either intentional or unintentional, in his teaching about the Law and grace in the life of a believer.  They were to deny the sin nature and live as “instruments of righteousness” in the hands of a righteous King.  They were to “become what they were becoming” (Schreiner).

This Sunday's Sermon Outline

Point I: Shall We Sin More? (1-4)

Point II: You Are Alive in His Resurrection (5-10)

Point III: You Are Dead to Sin (11-14)