November 29, 2020

The Gospel is Grace

Bible Text: Romans 5:12-21 |

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Far too many people are messed up when it comes to having a relationship with God. Most (not accounting for atheists) are on the “I hope so” program, making up their own version of religion and faith expression and hoping for the best with God. Grand assumptions are made about the nature of God and how a person enters into a relationship with him.

In Romans 5:12-21, we discover that it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that anyone will be able to gain an abundant and eternal life. In other words, our salvation depends on what Jesus has done and not what we do. The passage leads us to an understanding of the crisis when Adam brought sin and death upon us all. God offered a solution in Jesus offering humanity the free gift of himself. And what that means for us is that anyone can be justified and live. Anyone can have an abundant life here and the promise of eternal life. But it must be received. It doesn’t come to anyone by default. As we continue to look at The Power of the Gospel in Romans 1-8, we’ll see that The Gospel is Grace.

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Sermon Notes

The Power of the Gospel (Romans 1-8)
The Gospel is Grace
Romans 5:12-21
Todd Dugard

November 29, 2020

It is a sure mark of grace to desire more.
Robert Murray McCheyne

Only through the grace of Jesus Christ will I be able to gain abundant and eternal life.

• The crisis: Adam brought sin and death upon us all (v. 12-14)

There is a real conflict, but it is not science versus religion. It is theism versus atheism, and there are scientists on both sides.
John C. Lennox

Revelation 21:3

• The solution: Jesus offers the free gift of himself (v. 15-17)

All people are either “in Adam” or “in Christ”. All are in Adam by physical birth, while only those with the new birth are in Christ.

All attempts to repay his gift, be they ever so sincere, serve only to frustrate his grace and to lower the marvellous kindness of God to the sordid level of barter and trade. How faithfully we should serve him, but never to repay him!
Louis Sperry Chafer

• The result: I can be justified and live (v. 18-21)

John 10:10b