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Sunday, October 31 Sermon Outline

Sunday October 31 Sermon Audio Link is here.

Here's the rough outline of today's sermon:


Text: Romans 1:16-17

Title: Reformation Day

Theme: Living by Faith

Location: FBC Almyra

Date: 10-31-10 AM

16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

17  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith .”

Illustrate works-based salvation: a never satisfied God, a strict, angry, demanding God. Present the idea of a longing to be right with God, but not able to do so because His demands cannot be met. What are His demands?

  1. Be holy, as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16)

  2. Be right in heart not just deed (Jeremiah 11:20)

  3. Love God with all we have (Mark 12:30)

  4. Love is shown in obedience (John 14:15)

  1. Righteousness: address concept: righteous is being right before God.

    1. Not on man's standard

    2. Strictly on God's standard.

  2. Faith: trust, given and strengthened by the work of God (Ephesians 2)

  1. Ashamed of the Gospel

    1. Are we ashamed of the Gospel?

    2. What is the Gospel?

      1. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

          3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  4and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

      2. The substituting atonement of Christ for our sins

      3. His power revealed in resurrection

  2. The Gospel is the Power of God

    1. For Jew and Greek

      1. Jews first: where did Christ preach, and what was His people group? And Peter, and Paul?

      2. God honored His commitment to bless the people of Israel by bringing Christ to them first

    2. Greek next

      1. Everyone is either Jew or Greek (in the terms Paul is using. To the Greek, you were either Greek or Barbarian)

      2. This encompasses the whole world.

      3. God honors the promise of Genesis 12: from Abraham comes the Savior of the world, in whom all peoples are blessed.

  3. All who believe

    1. Believe: fully committed in life

    2. Believe: enabled to do so by the power of God

  4. How do we live?

    1. We can never measure up to the righteousness of God

    2. This is the essence of this text:

      1. It is the faith God grants us, that grows within us that we live by, and that we are justified by. There is nothing else by which we can approach God

      2. We have only the faith that He will honor His word to do so

  5. What should we do?

    1. Stop trying to please God by our actions

    2. Rather accept His offer of grace

    3. Live by faith

      1. Consider Galatians 2:20-1

      2. 20  “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.21  “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”

  6. If you have never acknowledged Christ as Savior and Lord, if He is pouring out grace on you then you need to acknowledge, accept, receive, and surrender to Him. He is calling out to you

  7. If you have, then are you living by faith? Are you fully trusting in Him?


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