November 22, 2020

The Gospel is Peace

Bible Text: Romans 5:1-11 |

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Peace. Who doesn’t want peace! I realize some people seem to like conflict. But seriously, people want to live at peace with themselves, others, the world. But it all seems so elusive given the state of the world we live in. Yet, God makes the offer. He says that we can indeed enjoy “peace with God” if we have exercised faith in his Son and been saved by him. That settled, peace in the midst of all else we face becomes possible. As we open God’s Word on Sunday to Romans 5:1-11, we see the offer of God in rich detail. The peace that comes with being justified by God means that I have access to his grace, have his perspective on suffering, know that I have his love, and am no longer his enemy. I would think that everyone would want the peace of God and all it offers us.

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Sermon Notes

The Power of the Gospel (Romans 1-8)
The Gospel is Peace
Romans 5:1-11
Todd Dugard

November 22, 2020

Peace is:

The absence of...

The presence of...

Wholeness in the midst of any and all circumstances

The peace that comes with being justified by God means that…

…I have access to his grace (v. 1-2)

Without justification it is impossible to have real peace. Conscience forbids it. Sin is a
mountain between a man and God, and must be taken away. The sense of guilt lies heavy on the heart and must be removed. Unpardoned sin will murder peace. The true Christian knows all this well. His peace arises from a consciousness of his sins being forgiven, and his guilt being put away...He has peace with God, because he is justified.
J.C. Ryle

The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Psalm 118:6

…I have his perspective on suffering (v. 3-5)

…I know that I have his love (v. 6-9)

…I am no longer his enemy (v. 10-11)

Enemy: a person who hates or opposes another person and tries to harm them or stop them from doing something.
Cambridge Dictionary