April 8 - Then What Becomes of Our Boasting? (Romans 3:27-31)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
We will begin a new members class this coming Sunday at 10:00 in the Choir Room. This is for those who are interested in learning more about our understanding of church membership. Please pray that the teaching would be helpful for those who are considering joining Christ Covenant Church.
Nik Lingle will begin a new class called Talking Points this Sunday at 10:00am in the youth room. This class will briefly address a variety of current issues in our society, applying a Christian worldview to each of these topics.
Bryan Launer will continue his class on Understanding the Heart in Adult 1 at 10:00am. This class explores what Scripture says about the heart, why it's so important, and how you can better understand your own heart and help others. The remaining weeks of the class will examine fear of man by discussing a case study and the change process.
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
So far in the book of Romans, we have seen our desperate need for the Gospel and its saving power. We learned from 3.21-26 how God has offered Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins, so that in his death on a cross, God is just (in punishing sins) and yet the justifier (bringing forgiveness) for those with faith in Jesus. The staggering nature of God's grace leaves us grasping for deeper understanding. Paul gives us more in the next passage. Looking into the depths of his mercy, we see that it eliminates all boasting, it creates a new people and it incorporates a continued desire to uphold the law. These are fruits found in the soul changed by the gospel.
Review and Apply
Do you consider yourself a boastful person?
What does your boasting reveal about your heart and hope?
How has it brought harm to your relationships?
Why is boasting excluded? How can you eliminate it from your regular practice?
What does it mean that he has created a new people?
How is Jesus the new Israel?
How can you see your friendships become more diversified? How does this reveal the gospel?
How ought the Christian speak to racial issues?
Explain the Christians view of the law of God? How does he or she uphold the law?