Sermon Study Guide
Text: Romans 1:16-17; and Selected Scriptures
Introduction: Today’s passage lays down the theme for the entire epistle to the Romans. As you might have guessed from our study of the previous verses of the chapter, Paul’s theme is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I. PAUL’S CONFIDENCE IN THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL
(Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18-24)
Those who consider the gospel to be foolishness are perishing, but for those who embrace it, the gospel demonstrates the wisdom and power of God which gives eternal life.
There is no shame in the gospel, no matter how foolish it may be in the eyes of the world.
Our desires for acceptance, relationships, and things that we want are just some of the ways we are tempted to compromise our Christian testimony and confidence in the gospel.
Four Components of the Gospel (Acts 2:22-39)
The gospel reveals that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah.
The gospel focuses on the life and death of Jesus Christ.
The gospel entails an explanation of Jesus’ resurrection.
The resurrection of Christ is significant for several reasons:
It vindicates the claims of Christ to be the Son of God.
It vindicates the satisfaction of God’s justice by showing us that God has accepted the penalty paid by Christ so that now He accepts us.
It reveals the hope of our future resurrection.
The gospel includes an explanation of Christ’s exultation.
The exultation of Christ speaks of His ascension, His position at the right hand of God, and His right to return and judge the world.
Why the Gospel Is Offensive to Our Culture
The gospel claims to be the absolute truth.
The gospel is insistent upon the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.
The gospel expresses that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.
Conclusion: If you have truly been saved by the power and grace of the gospel, then you can’t be ashamed of it.