August 23, 2020 – Pastor Bryon Roth | Sermon: Right with God – Romans 1:16-32
The Just Live by Faith
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel [a]of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who [b]suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is [c]manifest [d]in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and [e]Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like [f]corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their [g]women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the [h]men, leaving the natural use of the [i]woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, [j]sexual immorality, wickedness, [k]covetousness, [l]maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 [m]undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, [n]unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Service Study Questions
1: What does Paul mean when he says he is “not ashamed of the Gospel” (Romans 16:1)?
- A. There was no evidence to back up the gospel making it only hearsay.
- B. Many people thought it was silly to worship a carpenter who died on a cross.
- C. Most people in Rome were Catholics and thought Paul was just a lowly Jew.
2. Based on this Scripture in what way does God reveal Himself to people?
- A. Through the internet
- B. The Old Testament reveals the one true God
- C. Creation reveals God (V.20)
3. How does Paul say that some people provoke God to anger?
- A. By eating forbidden fruit
- B. By suppressing the truth (V 18-19)
- C. By continuing to sin even after they commit their lives to Him
4. How is the truth of the Gospel hidden from some individuals?
- A. God removes a person’s ability to see His truth when they prefer sin to His knowledge (v.28)
- B. The truth of the Gospel is only made visible to people who believe
- C. God puts a darkness around them until they prove worthy of His truth.
5. How would you describe righteousness to a new believer?
Righteousness is doing right in the sight of God?
6. What is required to be right with God?
- The just shall live by faith – Believe in God (V.17)
“John 14:6 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
7. In what ways have you seen the righteousness of Christ transform a person’s life?
- Man accepted Christ who was an alcoholic and ended up getting his wife back
8. In what areas of your life do your sinful desires tend to interfere with living a righteous life?
- Selfishness? Pride? Lust?
1 Corinthians 15:58 “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”