There is something satisfying about tucking a manuscript into this folder on Monday. Not that the message is done but that its out there and has been said. That’s its no longer in my head but in the hearts of my church family.
Sermon Preview: “He Was” - Romans 5:1-11
Over the last two weeks we have covered a lot of ground in our sermon series "Because I am…" This week we’ll be hitting another huge (HUGE) topic of justification and sanctification. If those words don’t make a lot of sense to you, here are my simple definitions…
Justification: All of your sins are forgiven. You just got right with God.
Sanctification: This immediately follows justification because sanctification is the growth that we experience in our new relationship with God.
For the brave, I dare you to read The Scripture Way of Salvation by John Wesley. This is one of his most famous sermons. Read it here.
Finally, our text for this Sunday is Romans 5:1-11, the text below is from the ESV, my preferred version.
See you Sunday!
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:1–11, ESV)