Righteousness: By Works or Faith?
3 July 2022 AM – Romans 10:1-13 – Rom2022 – Scott Childs
Introduction: The First Century orthodox Jews who heard the Gospel message had mixed feelings about it. Some angrily rejected it and held tightly to their Judaism. Others considered the message, but bristled at the thought of salvation by faith in Christ alone without the works of the law. A few gladly received the Gospel and trusted Christ.
We see a similar reaction in our world today. Masses have a negative opinion of all religions and flatly reject the Gospel. Many religious people call themselves “Christians”, yet they do not believe that salvation is by faith in Christ alone. They believe that certain religious rites or good deeds are required along with faith in Christ. There are a few, however, who humbly repent of their sins and trust Christ alone for salvation.
Transition: In an effort to convince us that we can only receive God’s righteousness by faith, Paul presented a strong argument here in Romans 10. This morning, I want us to study his argument in v.1-13.
The Zeal of Works Righteousness (v.1-5)