February 17 - A Way of Righteousness (Romans 10:5-13)
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You Alone Can Rescue
Your Great Name
O My Soul Arise
Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul
All To Us
Nik Lingle and Phillip Taylor will continue teaching a series on How the Church Works. This class will be at 10:00am in the Youth Room.
5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down)7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
In Romans 9-11, Paul answers the question, 'why did God’s chosen people reject Christ, the Messiah'? In chapter 9, we saw that it was not God’s purpose to save every ethnic Jew but to save a remnant according to his purposes and by his choice. Yet the question then arises, are we even responsible? In chapter 10 we see man’s responsibility to respond to God’s glory and righteousness (Rom 1.18ff.). Picking up from last week we saw two roads or ways before each and every person, a way to God, by establishing our own righteousness or good standing in our efforts and works; the other way is to seek a right standing with God by faith in his Messiah.
In our passage, Paul explains in greater detail what it means to be saved or to find a right standing, a sonship with God. We see that salvation has been brought near to us, through the gospel and that this salvation is available to all peoples who come by faith to Jesus as the Lord over all and the Savior who has been raised from the dead.
Review and Apply
Have you seen people not seeking God's righteousness and yet God worked to bring them to faith?
Why do most struggle with wanting to establish their own righteousness? Why is it so appealing?
What do you say to a person who says, 'God will not condemn any person who is sincere in their faith'?
What would you say to a clearly moral and good person who has no faith in Jesus?
How do you discern when you are trusting in your works as a means of right standing with God?
What is the problem with believing in Jesus as a Savior but not as Lord? How does this text answer this?
In what areas of your life are you ignoring his Lordship?
Share with the group in three or four sentences how a person can be saved?