We Believe: Forgiveness of Sins

      
Last week, we talked about sin, and the judgement we all deserve. This week, we talk about the assurance God provides, all of our sin is forgiven through Jesus Christ.
Music This Week

Romans 4:1-8

Abraham Justified by Faith

1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

7 “Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

Sermon Outline

 

Good Works Cannot Save
  • Our Human nature is the fix our problems
  • We cannot fix our sinful nature. We are spiritually dead
  • Our good works cannot make up for our sin
  • Why do we know this is true?
    • If we could fix ourselves, we have no need for Jesus! We wouldn't need a savior.
    • How could we ever know how much good we must do
Salvation is a Gift

The gospel takes us from Me, Me, Me to Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.

My hope does not live because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, he is my righteousness. My faith does not rest upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what he has done, and in what he is now doing for me. - Charles Spurgeon

What is justification?

An act of God’s FREE GRACE, wherein he pardons all of our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone. - Westminster Shorter Catechism #33

Salvation is BY GRACE ALONE, THROUGH FAITH ALONE, IN CHRIST ALONE.

The Cost of Salvation

Christ died for me. Christ died for you. God the Son died in our place.

Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: "ye were bought at a price," and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Oh, to see my name, Written in the wounds, For through Your suffering I am free. Death is crushed to death; Life is mine to live, Won through Your selfless love.

This, the pow’r of the cross: Son of God—slain for us. What a love! What a cost! We stand forgiven at the cross. - The Power Of The Cross (Hymn)

Conclusion

Jesus has come to gain the victory where there has been defeat, to obey where there has been disobedience, to effect justification where there has been condemnation, to bring freedom where there has been bondage, to bring healing where there has been sickness, wholeness where there had been disintegration, reconciliation where there has been alienation, to bring blessing where there has been curse, and life where there has been death. - Sinclair Ferguson

Discussion Questions

  1. Most people would say that they have to earn their way to heaven by doing good works. Why do so many hold to this belief?
  2. How would you explain the gospel to someone? Have you ever shared your faith? Share about that experience.
  3. When Jesus is on the cross he declares "it is finished." What does he mean by that statement? What did Christ accomplish through his death and resurrection?
  4. Have you ever stopped to dwell on the fact that Christ died for you? What is your reaction to that today?
  5. Christ repeatedly stated throughout scripture that the call was to "follow me." Are you willing to follow Jesus today? Is anything holding you back?
  6. What is something the Lord has been teaching you this week?