A problem you can’t solve. Rom.1.2.3.

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A problem you can’t solve. Rom.1.2.3.

  1. 1. December 1 A Problem You Can’t Solve Studies in Romans, Winter, 2013-14 John R. Wible 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 1
  2. 2. The Point . . . You can’t meet God’s standard on your own. 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 2
  3. 3. Introit Find the right person to compare yourself to, and you can come off looking really good. Set your standards low enough and you’ll come out on top. 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 3
  4. 4. But, what is God’s Standard? How do you compare with it? 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 4
  5. 5. The Law “It has been said that the law lays down what we must do, but the gospel lays down what God has done.” – Wm. Barclay Not to be confused with William Barclay (Bat) Masterson William Barclay 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 5
  6. 6. What is the Point of life? The Westminster Catechism says, “Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 6
  7. 7. Before you do that, What must you do? • You must meet God. • Recognize your two relative positions and be moved toward the subservient. • Give up self glorification by “dying to self.” • Fill the vacuum with God. • Persist . . . persist. 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 7
  8. 8. Some ways to try to meet God? Sacrificing virgins to the god of the volcano 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 8
  9. 9. Some ways to try to meet God? Try hurting yourself or denying yourself pleasure 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 9
  10. 10. Some ways to try to meet God? Try bringing sacrifices of your stuff. 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 10
  11. 11. Try being “good.” Some ways to try to meet God? 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 11
  12. 12. Some ways to try to meet God? Try the “Old Time Religion” that was “good enough for my Mother.” 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 12
  13. 13. Some ways to try to meet God? Try walking a church aisle and joining a church. 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 13
  14. 14. Some ways to try to meet God? Try being a regular attendee of a church 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 14
  15. 15. Some ways to try to meet God? Try being baptized in the River Jordan 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 15
  16. 16. Some ways to try to meet God? Try being a missionary. 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 16
  17. 17. Some ways to try to meet God? 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 17
  18. 18. An Uncomfortable Question . . . Will any or all of these acts in and of themselves bring you close enough to meet God? Why or why not? It can be said that these acts (except sacrificing virgins to the god of the volcano) are results of a meeting with God, not the cause of a meeting with God. 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 18
  19. 19. So, Again . . . • How do you first meet God? • Only on HIS terms 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 19
  20. 20. Outline of Romans (1) Chs. 1–8 deal with the problem of righteousness (2) Chs. 9–11 deal with the problem of the Jews, the chosen people. (3) Chs. 12–15 deal with practical questions of life and living. (4) Ch. 16 is a letter of introduction for Phoebe and final personal greetings. 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 20
  21. 21. Do-Over • When have you recently wanted a ‘do over’? 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 21
  22. 22. The Point - Reiterated • “You can’t meet God’s standard on your own.” • Remember, each of us is in need of salvation and it can’t come from within us • Read Romans 1:16,17. Find some “Good News” – The gospel is nothing to be ashamed of; – God gives us power for salvation through the gospel; – The gospel is for everyone; God’s righteousness is revealed 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 22
  23. 23. Salvation • It was salvation from physical illness (Matthew 9:21; Luke 8:36). • It was salvation from danger (Matthew 8:25, 14:30). • It was salvation from life’s infection. • It was salvation from lostness (Matthew 18:11; Luke 19:10). • It was salvation from sin (Matthew 1:21). • It was salvation from the wrath of God (Romans 5:9) • It was a salvation which is eschatological - Barclay 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 23
  24. 24. Demonstration 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 24
  25. 25. Righteousness • When we try to fix ourselves, we end up, even at our best, looking like a poorly glued attempt at perfection. • The good news is that Jesus Christ has made God’s righteousness available to us so we don’t have to fix ourselves. • What is Righteousness? 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 25
  26. 26. What we can say about Righteousness • This righteousness from God is available through Jesus Christ. • This righteousness from God cannot be earned. • This righteousness is received by faith. 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 26
  27. 27. So, What is Faith? • At its simplest, it means loyalty. . . . Faith is the enduring devotion and loyalty which marks the real follower of Jesus Christ. • Faith means belief. It means the conviction that something is true. • Faith is sometimes practically equivalent to indestructible hope. ‘We walk’, writes Paul, ‘by faith, not by sight’ (2 Corinthians 5:7). • Total acceptance and absolute trust. It means ‘betting your life that there is a God’ 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 27
  28. 28. People Who Don’t Need a Savior • In chapter 2, Paul focused on people who believed they did not need a Savior. • We all know or have known people who fit into this category. They believe they are good people—moral people. • Name some and tell us what has been your conversation with them? • Read Romans 2:5 through 11. 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 28
  29. 29. • How would you describe God’s “wrath?” • One of our oddities as human beings is our tendency to point out the flaws in others while ignoring our own.” • Why do you think that is? • Why is it tempting to compare ourselves? • We are all subject to God’s wrath unless . . . 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 29
  30. 30. The Referee • • • • Read Romans 3:9 through 12 Read the Referee story p. 15 God is entitled to call our “fouls” Not one person has ever or will ever measure up to God’s standard. • What would the world be like if there were no standards? See Judges 21:23-25. • If we stop here, how do we find hope? 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 30
  31. 31. Hope! • God’s standard of righteousness is impossible for us to meet. • But in His love, God has provided a solution by grace though faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 31
  32. 32. So where does this leave you? • • • • 12/01/13 Get honest with God. Get serious about your faith in Christ. Get concerned about the world. Were you to consider the three points listed above, what impact would they have on your life? John R. Wible, 2013 32
  33. 33. God’s Bema of Reward • How honest are you with God? • How serious are your about your faith in Christ? • How concerned are you about the spiritual condition of those around you? • Is God pleased with your rating? • If not, ask God to reveal what you can do to improve your rating in each area? 12/01/13 John R. Wible, 2013 33
  34. 34. Let’s Pray About it! 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 34

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