Pt 1 – Regeneration
(Re)born – John 3:1-5
Main idea: Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Jesus was approached by an expert in the law, a devoutly religious man who would have been highly regarded in his community. But none of that matters for a person who hasn’t been born again. It’s not a formality, it’s essential to saving faith.
Pt 2 – Justification
100-Zero – Galatians 2:15-21
May 28, 2017
It’s so natural for us to believe that our right standing before God is based on our own obedience and morality. In some ways, we like that sense of control. But the Bible is clear that we cannot earn the grace of God. It is freely given to all who accept it. The gospel isn’t to “just basically be a good person.” It’s to turn from sin and turn to Jesus, and when we accept that free gift of grace, we are forgiven of our sins.
Pt 3 – Sanctification
Behind the Veil – 2 Corinthians 3:18
Sanctification is the process by which God makes his people holy. To be a Christian is to be sanctified by God. It’s necessary because all who have faith in the gospel are given the Holy Spirit and we are sanctified through the Spirit. It progresses throughout life. It should be something to give a Christian hope: God works in His followers. God makes the unholy holy.
Pt 4 – Adoption
Name Changer – Romans 8:14-17
June 18, 2017
The son of God died so we could be God’s sons.
Through the gospel, there are many gracious things that God does in the lives of believers. He forgives us of our sins. He sanctifies us by His Spirit. He prepares a place for us in heaven. Tremendous blessings from God. But the gospel is also fundamentally relational. When we come to faith in God, we become members of God’s family. We are adopted as God’s children. And we are enabled to approach the Almighty creator of the universe as our “father.”
Pt. 5 – Atonement
Love, justice, and the heavenly way – Romans 3:21-26
June 25, 2017
We were dead and hopeless in sin. But because of his grace, Jesus died in our place as a perfect and worthy sacrifice. The atonement shows the love of God, that he made a way for undeserving people to be with Him. But it also shows the justice of God. That there were in fact sins to be atoned for. Without justice and a tremendous cost of sin, the atonement of Christ makes no sense. We see the cost of sin and the wrath of God for sin on the cross.