March 25 - But Now (Romans 3:21-26)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Brandon Jordan will continue his class on the doctrine of vocation at 10:00am in the youth room. This is a 10 week study discussing the doctrine of vocation and in particular how it deals with the gospel in our "workplaces." Are all jobs the same (sacred and secular)? What does our work ethic/interaction with coworkers reveal about our view of the gospel? We will also have some of our own members here speak about their work and how the gospel is applied. Over 10 weeks we hope to answer these and a few more questions that will allow us to find greater purpose in what we do day to day.
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.
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
How can we be made right with God? This is the burning question the Apostle Paul seeks to answer in his letter to the Romans. While the whole book seeks to answer this most important question, our passage in 3:21-26 does it beautifully. Paul explains that sinners are saved by faith through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ to the glory of God. The salvation of the sinner rests squarely on the work of Jesus who redeemed us from sin by bearing the wrath and displeasure of God for our sins. In his most glorious work, he not only canceled our debt of sin but established us in a righteousness that provides hope and comfort in this life and the life to come. Jesus' work is on display for us to see and marvel at, leading to a worship that satisfies. May I encourage you to slowly read through the passage numerous times to appreciate the rich language of the gospel.
Review and Apply
What parallels do you see in Romans 1:16-17 and 3:21-25?
How would you describe the righteousness of God?
Explain faith in your own terms.
Why is faith not 'a work'?
What is justification?
Why is propitiation central to the gospel?
How does the cross display the glorious character of God?
How does the cross lead you to greater worship and deepen your affections for Jesus?