God’s judgment is coming on man because of sin. Here He is laying down the standard and principles by which they will be judged.
In this passage, we take a look at how we are judged according to our works. We are judged according to the things we do in life. Does your life display obedience or disobedience? (This is not referring to salvation, but judgment. Salvation is all by God’s grace. We do not work for it; however, we do good things as a result of our salvation.)
We are born again to do good works. When we do good works, we glorify God–and that’s the whole purpose. A lot of times you don’t see the fruits of your labor in the midst of your labor, but be patient in well-doing.
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright
Paul: His Master, His Office, & His Purpose | Romans 1:1
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…” -Romans 1:1
In the first verse of Romans, Paul shares three simple facts about himself: his Master, his office, and his purpose.
He was a servant of Christ Jesus, who loved him and gave Himself for him. He was an apostle, sent by God to speak of Him…to be His witness. He was set apart for the Gospel of God before he was even born.
The point of your life is to be a witness of the Gospel of God. Are you being one?
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Intro to Romans | Romans 1-16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” -Romans 1:16-17
Referred to as Paul’s Magnum Opus, Romans is all about the Gospel. In a nutshell, it’s about: God’s righteousness as seen in the law Christ has fulfilled. Sin has affected man’s righteousness and now God offers His perfect righteousness to all those who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Sunday Morning| Pastor Steve Wainright | Luke 23:23-31
“And as they led Him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.” -Luke 23:26
Though the Romans randomly picked Simon to carry the cross, God sovereignly chose him for that task. God can use you right where you are and you don’t know how much God is going to use you right where you are.
Look how God worked through Simon’s life! He and his family became believers (Mark 15:21; Romans 16:13; Acts 11:19-20; Acts 13:1-3) and the church in their homeland of Cyrene helped spread the Gospel to Antioch, which was the church that sent out Paul & Barnabas.
“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” -Romans 5:9
“Our deliverance from the law is a rescue from its curse and its bondage, and so relates to the two particular functions of justification and sanctification. In both areas we are under grace, not law. For justification we look to the cross, no the law, and for sanctification to the Spirit, not the law. It is only by the Spirit that the law can be fulfilled in us.”
—John Stott, The Message of Romans (Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press, 1994)