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Truth as it Really Is  6-13-21

Part 8 – Romans 8:1-17


– Last week we finished with “newness of the Spirit” and “oldness of the letter”.

– Next, Paul gives a raw personal testimony of what he’s learned in 7:7-25:

– the difficult journey from Saul’s approach to pleasing God to Paul’s approach to being led by the Spirit

– Saul’s approach (story of a pond with a sign)

– He then declares 8:1-2

Read: Romans 8:3-17

Three Parts of “The Walk”:

I. The Status of the Walk

W/O Christ there is condemnation

READ: John 3:16-19

In Christ, there is:

A. Freedom (v.2)

         – The release from eternal death

B. No condemnation (v.1-4)

– declared free and clear and not released on a technicality with a cloud remaining

C. Sonship – (v.14)

         – Male represents heir, not generic “child”

B. The Approach of the Walk

“to be led by the Spirit” (v.14)

A. A rejection of carnal reasoning (v.7-8)

         – can be works-based logic

         – can be deconstruction theology

B. A rejection of fear (v.15)

– including the culture’s attempt to define what it is to be a Christian and a member of God’s family (they have no right to do so)

C. An appropriation of confidence (v.15)


III. The Result of the Walk

“life and peace” (v.6)

A. A disposition of peace (default position)

B. An influence of a peaceful life (led by the Spirit)

C. A life with Him as our Witness 24/7

         – SO MUCH TO THIS (more next time v.23-27)

D. A hope for more than we can imagine (v.17)

IV. Conclusion

What is the nature of your walk?


Truth as it Really Is  6-6-21

Part 7 – Romans 7:1-6


– 77 years ago, a decision was made to liberate France from Nazi occupation even though the cost would be high. Today is remembered as D-Day, and we honor the sacrifice of so many that gave up their life for the sake of others.

– In a spiritual sense, the Lord’s sacrifice was for the liberation of others…all of us who have and will place faith in Him. It was the only method for breaking the legal claim on fallen humanity.

– Last week we considered reconciliation and what it looks like. This week, we begin considering Paul’s points on liberty.

Read: Romans 6:1-13

A Picture of Liberty:

I. The Two Premises (v.1-4)

Paul uses marriage to illustrate a legally binding contract that is only broken at death.

A. The old – marriage to the Law (not just Jews but anyone looking to be right with God had an insurmountable standard of perfection to meet)

– Our spiritual death broke the contract (v.4)

– Our death, not the Law’s (v.4)

– The validity of the Law is still relevant

B. The new – marriage to Christ through spiritual resurrection (v.4)

– In Christ, we are taken to the point of spiritual death, but resurrected to walk in newness of life (6:4)

II. The Two Products

Paul again uses the picture of fruit to describe the product of the two different lives

A. Old – bearing fruit to death (v.5)

         – Rebellion produces things that are dying

         – Dying things may even look healthy to start with

B. New – bearing fruit to God (v.4)

         – Christ-in-us produces things that live eternally

         – Living things often start out “slow to grow”

         – Godly fruit is of His design and purpose


In addition to the products of Godly fruit, Paul informs us of the sources generating the different fruit…

III. The Two Power Sources

A. Old – Self-powered through “oldness of the letter”

– It also reveals our futility of setting up legalism according to our own preferences/standards

– The Law reveals the true distance between our efforts and God’s perfect standard

B. New – Christ-powered through “newness of the Spirit”

–  The Holy Spirit guides and empowers us to produce Godly fruit as ones “married to Christ”

IV. Conclusion

Christian liberty came at a price. How will we honor that sacrifice today? This week? The future?


Truth as it Really Is – 5-30-21

Part 6 – Romans 5:1-11, 6:1-23


– Read 5:1-5

– (looking back to last week “legal tender”)

– Read 5:6-11

– (looking forward to “walking in reconciliation”)


– reconciliation is more than feeling or emotion

Read: Romans 6:1-23

3 Parts of Reconciliation:

I. Reconciliation Involves Identification (v.4-8)

A. We are baptized into the likeness of His death (v.4-7)

         – the release (v.7)

B. We are raised to walk in the likeness of His life (v.4,8)

         – the “if” function (v.5, 8)

II. Reconciliation Involves Reckoning (v.11-14)

Read: Romans 12:2

(an on-going mental decision)

A. Dying vs. living (v.10, 23)

B. Old Owner vs. New Owner (v.16,17,22)

III. Reconciliation Involves Purpose (v.15-23)

A. We are all made to have purpose

B. Sinful fruit vs. Righteous fruit (v.21-22)

         (our old garden at home was fruitful, but it had to be worked)

         (years later now, it is grown up with weeds and bushes)

         (something is always going to be growing, but what?)

IV. Conclusion

Challenge: Daily reckoning…12:2 (truth as it really is)


Truth as it Really Is – 5-23-21

Part 5 – Romans 4:1-25

Intro: Illustration

– Cryptocurrency is currently all the rage

– It has no intrinsic worth

– Genuine faith in God/Christ has intrinsic worth

                  (always has)

Read: Romans 4:1-25

I. Faith Justifies the Guilty (v.5)

A.Works, wages (debt) and grace (v.4)

B. Position versus condition

II. Faith Imputes Righteousness to the Sinful (v.6)

A. Bestowed apart from works (v.6)

B. Position changes, condition remains for now (v.5-6)

III. Faith Celebrates Forgiveness (v.7-8)

A. An attitude of gratitude (rare in our entitled culture)

B. May the blessed…be a blessing

IV. Faith Focuses on God Over Circumstances (v.21)

A. Abraham considered God-not himself (v.19)

B. Experiential trust produces more trust (v.20)

V. Faith Secures a Future for the Hopeless

A. Positional hopelessness – becomes hope

         (status under the Law)

B. Conditional hopelessness – becomes hope

         (on-going personal struggles)

C. Ancestral hopelessness – becomes hope

         (being outside Judaism)

VI. Conclusion

I Peter 3:5 know the reasons for the hope yourself first, then tell others


Truth as it Really Is – 5-16-21

Part 4 – Romans 3:1-31

Intro: Personal Illustration

– I have a confession…tools I’ve used as a hammer

– Yes, they work…“kind of”

– But…they work a LOT better for their purpose

Read: Romans 3:1-31

I. Judaism-What Good is it?

What was the purpose?

A. It’s good (people and institution) because it carried the revealed truth of God (v.2)

B. What revealed truth did they carry? (knowingly or not)

         – We are all sinful (v.9-18, 23)

         – The Law exposes our shortcomings (v.20)

         – God is gracious (then & now v.24-26)

C. Does that mean we should sin more to get more grace? Absolutely not (v.8)

II. Three Lessons from Jewish History

A. There is nothing in possession of the Law (birth/circumcision) to be prideful about (v .27)

B. There is nothing in good works to prideful about (v.27)

C. The Law was ALWAYS been about faith (v.27b)

That’s why Paul transitions next to Abraham’s example

III. Christianity-What Good is it?

What is the purpose?

A. We carry the overarching story of revealed truth

B. We are living demonstrations of God’s grace (5:8)

C. We are to live authentically according to the revealed truth to show others (without pride or trust in works)

IV. Conclusion

How do you go about your purpose?


Truth as it Really Is – 5-2-21

Part 3 – Romans 2:1-29

Intro: Story “Driving Standards”

In your eyes, what makes a person a “slow-poke” or a “speed demon”?

Think about it…

– Personal story example

As we continue on into Paul’s presentation, he moves from the indictment of humanity in general to the personal level.

Read: Romans 2:1-32

  1. There is a Divine Standard of Judgement

Truth is…

  • We judge by our own preferences
  • It is the problem with “fair”
  • It is the rationale for the “rule of law”

But God operates by a Divine standard

  • Judging others reveals our sin-nature (v.1)
  • God judges according to truth (as it really is) (v.2)
  • Instead, we should look to God’s standards and see our shortcomings which leads to repentance

Let’s read on…


I. There is a Divine Application of Judgment

A. Pride leads to a callous heart (v.5)

– Pride builds upon pride (like compound interest)

– Lack of repentance is driven by a rebellious spirit

B. There will be an accounting of deeds (v.6)

– Yes, our words and deeds have meaning

(good and bad ripple effects)

C. God does not violate His righteousness w/ corrupt judicial partiality (v.11) (EXPLAIN)

And lastly…

III. There is a Divine Rendering of Judgement

Let’s take a look…Read v.12-29

Consider three different men in the New Testament

Saul of Tarsus, Nicodemus, Centurion w/servant

Which ones displayed a real “heart of a Jew”?

A. Possession of the truth and the practice of it are two different things

B. The heart has always been the focus

         – Matthew 22:34-40

C. The heart is still the focus after redemption

         – sanctification

IV. Conclusion

By what standard do you live?


Truth as it Really Is – 4-25-21

Part 2 – Romans 1:18-32

Intro: Story-“Shapes in a cloud”

In much the same way, humanity has done the same thing regarding God, and continues to do so:

Let see how scripture explains it…

 Read: Romans 1:18-32

 I. The Truth of God is Evident (v.20)

A. There is clear evidence of a Designer

(created with order)

B. We are made in His image

(how do you know that you are you?)

C. There is an instinctive compelling that there is more


II. Humanity Prefers a Lie (v.25)

A. There was/is a rejection of His authority (v.21)

B. There was/is a spirit of ungratefulness (v.21)

C. There was/is a suppression of the truth (v.18)

As a result…

III. God Allowed Humanity to Choose the Lie

Let’s walk through the process…


– ungodliness (reverent/irreverent)

– unrighteousness (lawful/unlawful)

(v.22) Professing themselves to be wise, they became

fools “morōs” (broken mind)

(v.24) Therefore…

#1 (v.24) He gave them over to uncleanness

         (contamination as in ceremonial-defiled worship)

#2 (v.26) He gave them over to vile passions

         (degrading behavior that insults God/His creation)

#3 (v.28) He gave them over to a debased mind

         (an unrighteous moral measurement system)

IV. Conclusion

This is why “faith alone” (v.17)


“Truth as it Really Is” Series 4-18-21

Part 1 – Romans 1:1-17

Intro: There was a time in our culture when fact and truth were considered different things but appreciated as noble study. In other words, philosophy departments wrestled with truth, and science departments pursued facts. However, as illustrated by a recent news article discussing climate science, even facts are becoming arbitrary and manipulated for political reasons.

Regarding humanity, both fact and truth are applicable discussions, but reality IS WHAT IT IS whether known, acknowledged, understood, believed (or not). For example:

  • The predisposition toward sin (selfishness)
  • The intrinsic understanding of “ought”
  • The deep need for purpose
  • The sense inside that there is more than this life

Read: Romans 1:1-17

I. The History of the Gospel (brief highlights)

A. Abraham – justified by faith (before the Law)

B. Moses – received the Law

C. Isaiah – prophecies of the Messiah

D. Habakkuk – “The just shall live by faith” (context)

E. John the Baptizer – closed the era of waiting

(transitional figure)

II. The People of the Gospel

A. Paul

– bondservant – his chosen title (socially low)

– apostle – messenger

B. Jesus

         – Son of David (physical lineage) (v.3)

– Son of God (proof through resurrection) (v.4)

C. Us

         – recipients of grace (v.5)

         – Saints (set aside) (v.7)

         – to be mutual encouragement (v.12)

         – indebted to share (v.14)

III. The Nature of the Gospel

A. It is the POWER of God (v.16)

         – righteousness revealed (God never violated His righteous character)

         – faith based

B. It is to be FRONT and CENTER (not ashamed) (v.16)

– not sneaked in or proposed timidly

C. It is for EVERYONE (v.16)

IV. Conclusion

Questions: What is truth to you?



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