Sermon 10: Three Big Words

Somehow I forgot to record my notes for Sermon 9 last week.  I think I lost my notes on the bulletin.  Sorry about that if you are really following along!  Let’s continue though with sermon 10. *               *               * Three Big Words Series: Redemption Pastor Steve Moltumyr Romans 3:21-26 What’s so great about Romans?  It shows how sinful, inexcusable, guilty, and speechless people are before God and then shows God’s solution to this mess. When you read the first two chapters of Romans, someone may object, “There … Continue reading Sermon 10: Three Big Words

Does James Contradict Paul?

Part 8 in an 8 part series. View series intro and index. Over the centuries, some have argued that the apostle James in his letter contradicts Paul’s doctrine of justification.  The proof text for this, they say, is James 2:14-24.  James says, “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (v. 24).   The argument people make, however, is that we need faith in Jesus plus works, not simply faith.  This is unconvincing for (at least) two reasons: James’ context is to convince people that intellectual faith is not enough to save them.  He says, “What good … Continue reading Does James Contradict Paul?

Justification by Faith

Part 7 in an 8 part series. View series intro and index. John Stott has said that faith merely receives what grace offers. We are saved by grace, yes, but we must believe (i.e. have faith) in order to be saved.  Grace is God’s doing.  Faith is man’s responsibility.  Romans 3:28 is the staple verse in which Paul boldly proclaims this truth: “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” Paul writes that Abraham is the father of all those who “walk in the footsteps of [his] faith” (Rom. 4:12). He later says, “For the … Continue reading Justification by Faith

Justification by Grace

Part 6 in an 8 part series. View series intro and index. The pillar of the Reformation was “justification by faith.” Justification is by faith alone, but if there was no grace—unmerited favor from God—there would be no opportunity for faith. God’s grace is the foundation for our faith. Romans 4:16 makes this clear: “That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring.” Justification is by faith, then, in order that the promise of eternal life may depend wholly on grace, not works. If justification came to men … Continue reading Justification by Grace

Christ’s Imputed Righteousness

Part 5 in an 8 part series. View series intro and index. In the last post, we discussed the imputation of our sin to Christ as he died on the cross.  As our sin has been imputed to Christ, God takes Christ’s righteousness and imputes it to us (or “exchanges” it for our sin, as Martin Luther puts it).   In reality, in God’s eyes, this probably happens simultaneously, but for our purposes we can consider that sin must be imputed to Christ before righteousness is imputed to us. Because we are totally depraved, there needs to be a righteousness that comes … Continue reading Christ’s Imputed Righteousness

Jesus Became Sin For Us

Part 4 in an 8 part series. View series intro and index. Now we must ask why God is even able to declare people righteous. Many people ask how a loving God can send people to hell. It might be fairer to ask, “How can holy and righteous God let sinners go to heaven?”  The answer lies in the fact that God is first able to declare us righteous because Jesus, his Son, became sin for us. When Christ died, God, in a spiritual, cosmic transaction, took our sin and imputed it into himself in the person of Jesus.  The word “impute” … Continue reading Jesus Became Sin For Us