Justified by Faith Alone!
21 November 2021 AM – Romans 3:9-31 – Ro2021 – Scott Childs
Introduction: John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace, was born in 1725 in the UK. His mother, a Christian, taught him the Bible, but she died of TB when he was just seven. From age 11 to 17, Newton accompanied his father, a Navy ship’s captain, on his sea voyages. Several years later, Newton took a job with a slave trader on an island off the western coast of Africa. After more than a year of living in abusive conditions, in 1747 Newton managed to escape the island.
He took work aboard the Greyhound, a ship based out of Liverpool. The following year, as that slave-laden ship was bound for home, it encountered a violent North Atlantic storm. On March 21, 1748, Newton was awakened in the night to find the ship in dire trouble, and one sailor already washed overboard. As Newton pumped and bailed, he became convinced that he would soon meet the Lord. Recalling Bible verses about God’s grace towards sinners that he had learned from his mother, Newton whispered his first feeble prayer in years. That night, God justified the sinful John Newton and changed his life. Biography of John Newton, Author of Amazing Grace (learnreligions.com)
Transition: As we study Romans 3, my goal this morning is to answer the question, “How can we be justified?” (made righteous) However, before we can answer that question, we must deal with two more problems that stand in the way of justification.
The first problem is that stands in the way of justification is that …
Sin Dominates (v.9-18)