You're So Close to Being Saved (Romans 10:5-13)

Sermon Notes

Main idea: In Romans 10:5-13, we see a contrast between types of righteousness so that we will avoid the futility resulting from the one and receive the free gift of salvation offered in the other.

  1. Righteousness based on doing (v. 5)

    1. “No Sin and You’re In”

  2. Righteousness based on believing (vv. 6-13)

    1. “Near to All Who Hear” (vv. 6-10)

    2. “Open to All Who Call” (vv. 11-12)

The Vindication of the Glory of God in the Hardening of Man (Romans 9:19-24)

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The Big Question: “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” (Romans 9:19)

Proposition: God finds fault in those he sovereignly hardens because he has the sovereign right, moral necessity, and good purposes in doing so.

  1. God has the sovereign right to do it (vv. 20-21)

  2. God has the moral necessity to do it (v. 22)

  3. God has good purposes in doing it (vv. 22-24)

Our Forever King-Priest: Jesus the Messiah (Psalm 110)

Sermon Notes

  1. What did David teach about the Messiah in Psalm 110?

    • The Messiah will be both David’s Son and David’s Lord (v. 1)

    • The Messiah will be exalted to reign as King in Heaven (vv. 1-2)

    • The exalted Messiah will certainly be appointed the Forever King-Priest (v. 4)

    • The exalted Messiah will return to victoriously enforce his reign as King on Earth (vv. 2-7)

      i. The Power of His Reign (v. 2)

      ii. The Location of His Reign  (v. 2)

      iii. The Extent of His Reign  (v. 2, 6)

      iv. The Subjects of His Reign  (vv.2-3, 5-6)

      v. The Outcome of His Reign (v. 7)

  2. What did the Apostles see and hear that convinced them that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah that David spoke of in Psalm 110?

    • Jesus is both ___at______________________________
      (Matt 1:1, Lk 3, Mt 22:41-46, Rom 1:1-5)

    • Jesus was ____________________________________
      (Matt 20:17-19, Jn 14:6, 16:28, Acts 1:10-11, 7:55-56, Acts 9, Phil 2:9-11, Eph 1:20, 1 Pet 3:21-22)

    • Exalted Jesus was _____________________________
      (Matt. 1:21, 20:17-19, Heb 2:3-4, 5:1, 9:7, 10:1-4, 7:26-28, 8:1-2, 9:12, 14, 24, 28, 10:11-13, Rom 8:34)

    • Exalted Jesus will _____________________________

      i. The Power of His Reign (Rev 5, 6:15-17)

      ii. The Location of His Reign (Rev 20:9)

      iii. The Extent of His Reign (Matt 25:31, Rev 11:15)

      iv. The Subjects of His Reign  (Rev 19:11-21)

      v. The Outcome of His Reign (Rev 19:11-21, 20:7-10)

  3. What should we do in light of this?

Delighting in the Decree of God (Psalm 2)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Psalm 2, we see the foolishness of rebellion against God in light of his sovereign decree for his Anointed Son to judge and rule the nations so that we can enter into the wisdom and blessing of serving the Lord and His Son before it’s too late.

  1. The Vain Defiance of the Nations (vv. 1-3)

  2. The Victorious Decree of the LORD (vv. 4-9)

  3. The Vital Duty of the Blessed (vv. 10-12)

Behold King Jesus (Matthew 21:1-11)

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Proposition: In Matthew 21:1-11, we behold Jesus as the Messianic King from three perspectives so that we will believe in the King, rejoice in the King, and live a life on mission in devotion to the King.

  1. Behold the Messianic King promised prophetically (21:4)

  2. Behold the Messianic King presented historically (21:1-11)

  3. Behold the Messianic King presiding eternally (21:9, 22:44, 19:28, 26:31)

You, Sin, and the Law (Romans 7:7-12)

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Proposition: In Romans 7:7-12, we see two crucial clarifications in regard to YOUR relationship to the LAW and SIN so that you will affirm the goodness of the law while understanding that it cannot save or sanctify you.

  1. The law REVEALS the sinfulness of your sin (v. 7)

  2. Sin uses the law to RUIN your life (vv. 8-11)

    • Sin uses the law to produce evil in you (v. 8)

    • Sin uses the law to deceive you (v. 11)

    • Sin uses the law to bring the DEATH SENTENCE upon you. (vv. 8-11)

Freed from the Law (Romans 7:1-6)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 7:1-6, we see that the Christian freed from the reign of the law will certainly live a God-glorifying life.

  1. How were you set free from the law? (vv. 1-4a)

  2. Why did you need to be set free from the law? (v. 4b)

  3. For what purpose were you set free from the law? (v. 4b)

  4. What is the result of having been set free from the law? (v. 6b)

The Secret of Sanctification (Romans 6:1-4)

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Proposition: In Romans 6:1-4, we see the fact that guarantees radically new and righteous living for those under the reign of God’s super-abounding grace.

  1. A Common Objection (v. 1)

  2. A Definitive Response (vv. 2-4)

    1. A Definitive Death: You died to sin (v. 2)

      • You died to sin with Christ (vv. 3-4)

        • Christ died

        • You are united with Christ

        • Therefore you died with Christ and were buried with Christ

    2. A Definitive Purpose: to walk in newness of life (v. 4)

The First Witness of Christ(mas) - (John 1:6-8)

Sermon Notes

In John 1:6-8, we see that GOD sent John the Baptist TO TESTIFY to the world that Jesus is THE LIGHT so that we might believe through John and be like John.

  1. Believe through John

    • Who is John?

    • What did God send John to do?

    • Why did God send John to do what he did?

  2. Be like John

    • A spirit of humble devotion to Christ

    • A spirit of fearless proclamation of Christ

    • A spirit of selfless giving for Christ

Joyfully Justified (Romans 5:2)

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What should we do with the glorious blessings of justification?

  1. Enjoy assurance in our present salvation (v. 5:2a)

    • No Christ. No Access.

    • Have Christ. Have Access.

    • Have Access. Have Assurance.

    • Have Assurance - ENJOY IT!

  2. Rejoice confidently in our future glorification. (v. 5:2b)

    • No Christ. No Hope.

    • No Hope. No Rejoicing.

    • Have Christ. Have Hope.

    • Have Hope - REJOICE IN IT!

Let God Be Just (Romans 3:5-8)

Sermon Notes

Proposition: In Romans 3:5-8, we see a third misconception that can arise when a healthy dose of the doctrine of sin is applied to Jews who do not believe in the Messiah.

Review of the first two objections:

1. Then there is no value in being a Jew (3:1-2)
2. Then God must not be faithful (3:3-4)

Final objection:

3. Then God must not be just (3:5-8)

a. Is God really just? (v. 6)
b. Am I really a sinner? (v. 7)
c. Then we might as well do evil (v. 8)


The Day of the Lord (Malachi 4:1-3)

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Proposition: In Malachi 4:1-3, we see how God, on the day he is preparing, will drastically distinguish between the righteous and the wicked so that we will be motivated today to fear, trust, and serve the LORD always for his glory and our joy.

  1. God is preparing the day of the Lord (v. 4:1a)
  2. The day of the Lord will bring TERRIFYING VENGEANCE against the wicked (v. 4:1)
  3. The day of the Lord will bring TOTAL VINDICATION for the righteous (v. 4:2-3)

Repenting of Robbery (Malachi 3:8-12)

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Proposition: In Malachi 3:6-12 we see four apathetic attitudes of those who rob God so that we might always repent of them and give generously to make God's name great among the nations!

  1. Repent?  Been there done that. (vv. 6-7)
  2. Robbing God? I'm doing what everyone else is doing. (v. 8)
  3. Give what? I can't afford to give that to God. (vv. 9-11)
  4. What's the point?  It's not worth it.  (v.12)