Justified by Works

Text: James 2:21-24 James wrote about the connection between FAITH and WORKS. Many have difficulty understanding this – not that it’s difficult, but because they have been taught differently. James used the example of Abraham to show how we can be justified by works. Alleged Contradiction Paul – “man is justified by faith apart from works of […]

“If God Is For Us”

Text: Romans 8:31-39 Paul’s words at the end of Romans 8 were meant to be a source of encouragement for the saints in Rome. They ought to be encouraging for us as well. “God is for us.” Knowing this, we can make it through any challenge that may come against us. “If God is for us…“ […]

By What Are We Justified?

Text: Romans 8:29-30 The concept of justification is of major importance in the gospel. But what does it mean to be justified? It means that God recognizes us as righteous or right before Him. This divine recognition is key – we cannot declare ourselves to be righteous, we are righteous if God labels us that […]

The Gospel of Freedom

Text: Galatians 4:21-5:26 This is the fifth of six lessons examining the gospel from the book of Galatians. This lesson will focus on the gospel as a message of freedom. The Announcement You are children of the free woman (Galatians 4:31) – analogy of Abraham’s two sons (Galatians 4:21-30); because of this freedom, we have the promise (Galatians 4:24-26, 28); promise […]

The Gospel of Unity

Text: Galatians 2:1-21 This is the second of six lessons examining the gospel from the book of Galatians. This lesson will focus on the gospel as a message of unity. The Announcement There is liberty in Christ (Galatians 2:4) – Paul mentioned the liberty that we have in Christ (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:17); does not mean we are free to […]

All the Way Down Romans Road

Text: Romans 1:15-17 “Romans Road” is a way of teaching the plan of salvation by going through verses in the book of Romans. It is an invention of the denominational world and is used by many. This lesson will examine this “Romans Road.” What is it? How is it useful? And how do those who […]

The Importance of Faith

Text: Hebrews 11:1,6 Faith includes assurance, conviction, and a trust in God (Hebrews 11:1,6). Faith is the determination to obey the Lord (Romans 1:5; 16:26). Faith is not bestowed upon us miraculously, but comes from the word (Romans 10:17). But why does this matter? What is the point of believing, trusting, and obeying God? There […]