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Romans 8:31-39  — God Is For Us — No Possible Separation

Romans 8:31-39 — God Is For Us — No Possible Separation

BIG IDEA: NO MATTER WHAT WE FACE, SINCE GOD IS FOR US THERE IS NOTHING STRONG ENOUGH TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD  INTRODUCTION: John Toews: Paul concludes every major section of the letter with a carefully phrased confessional or hymnic statement. The first...
Romans 8:26-27  — The Holy Spirit Intercedes for Us

Romans 8:26-27 — The Holy Spirit Intercedes for Us

BIG IDEA: THE COMPASSIONATE INTERCESSION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS KEEP US ON TRACK AS WE ENDURE THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS LIFE ON OUR WAY TO GLORY INTRODUCTION: Thomas Schreiner: The idea of the Spirit groaning is not the main idea of verses 26–27. What Paul stresses is...
Romans 8:18-25  — Perspective Towards Suffering

Romans 8:18-25 — Perspective Towards Suffering

BIG IDEA: WE CAN PATIENTLY ENDURE SUFFERINGS BECAUSE OF OUR SURE HOPE THAT THEY WILL END IN A FAR SURPASSING GLORY  INTRODUCTION: John Toews: Paul introduces the thesis by setting in confrontation the present reality of suffering and future glory. The suffering...
Romans 6:15-23  — Freedom From the Law is No License to Sin

Romans 6:15-23 — Freedom From the Law is No License to Sin

BIG IDEA: GRACE HAS TRANSFORMED US FROM SLAVES OF SIN TO SLAVES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WITH BENEFITS OF SANCTIFICATION AND LIFE  INTRODUCTION: Douglas Moo: Paul carries forth the theme of 6:1–14 in this section. He continues to proclaim that believers are set free from sin...
Romans 6:1-11  — Grace Is Not a License to Sin

Romans 6:1-11 — Grace Is Not a License to Sin

BIG IDEA: OUR UNION WITH CHRIST HAS FREED US FROM THE DOMINION OF SIN TO LIVE A NEW LIFE INTRODUCTION: God’s Grace is not a license to sin but freedom to live a new life. The Theological Foundation and Motivation for Holy Living = Freedom from the Dominion of Sin....
Romans 5:12-21  — Triumph of Grace Over Sin

Romans 5:12-21 — Triumph of Grace Over Sin

BIG IDEA: OUR SOLIDARITY WITH CHRIST ASSURES OF GOD’S GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND LIFE EVEN MORE THAN OUR SOLIDARITY WITH ADAM BROUGHT SIN AND DEATH INTRODUCTION: Frank Thielman: The two paragraphs, however, are closely tied together logically and thematically....
Romans 4:1-17a  — OT Roots to NT Truths — SOLA FIDE

Romans 4:1-17a — OT Roots to NT Truths — SOLA FIDE

BIG IDEA: JUSTIFICTION BY FAITH APART FROM WORKS HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOD’S UNIVERSAL PLAN OF SALVATION — THE OT EXAMPLE OF ABRAHAM INTRODUCTION: Thomas Schreiner: In chapter 4 Paul introduces Abraham as an example to confirm the first two themes of 3:27–31:...
Romans 3:21-31  — The Guts of the Gospel

Romans 3:21-31 — The Guts of the Gospel

BIG IDEA: GOD MANIFESTS HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IN PAYING THE PRICE TO JUSTIFY SINNERS BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH–THE GUTS OF THE GOSPEL INTRODUCTION: Frank Thielman: In 3:21–31 Paul returns to his definition of the gospel as the righteousness of God that powerfully saves...