Faith and Life

September 29, 2019 Speaker: Paul Sanders Series: Romans

Topic: Romans Passage: Romans 4:13–4:25

Romans 4:13-15

Romans 4:16-25

 

Saving faith realizes that our reality is far better than our circumstances (vs. 19).

 

Saving faith focuses on facts about God (4:20-21).

 

Saving faith does not doubt God regarding His promises (4:20).

 

In Christ, I have forgiveness of sins.

In Christ, I am granted peace with God.

In Christ, I am an adopted child of God.

In Christ, my sin has been defeated.

In Christ, I am free from sin and can kill sin in my life.

In Christ, I am heir with Him of all things.

In Christ, I can have a deep-rooted joy even in suffering.

In Christ, for me to die is to be present with the Lord.

In Christ, I have eternal life.

 

Saving faith trusts the Word of God (4:21).

 

“The great mark of genuine faith is not the absence of doubt. It’s the persevering in that faith until the end.” Jason Helopoulos

 

Believing God is “looking at what God has said, and letting that define reality for you.” Tim Keller

 

“Anybody can believe in God. Satan and the demons believe in God and tremble. What faith is all about is believing God. Putting your trust for your life and for you death in Him; living by trusting His promises even when you can’t even see fulfillment of those promises.” R.C. Sproul  

 

A Christian believes "whatsoever is revealed in the word for the authority of God Himself speaking therein; and acts differently upon that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and, embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come." WCF 14.2

 

Does this describe your posture towards God’s Word?

 

Saving faith is resting in Jesus alone for salvation. (4:25)

 

Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel. Westminster Shorter Catechism

 

Does this describe your posture towards Jesus Christ?

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