CCF: A CHRISTmas Dream

The last few verses of Romans gives us a glimpse of how God pursues us to be able to understand and appreciate the message of this book. As Christians we are not limited to knowing and believing the Gospel but we are to demonstrate how our relationship with God has impacted our lives and the lives of people around us. The only Gospel that has the transforming power that can turn a ruthless murderer to a saint all by God's grace.

Apostle Paul recognizes that righteousness comes from God and not from us.

Chapter 1 – Paul was not ashamed to share the gospel
Chapter 2 – Salvation through gospel
Chapter 3 – Everyone has sinned

Through these passages we realize we are hopeless for all failed in God's standard, however God made His righteousness available to everyone through His son Jesus Christ. Everyone who puts his faith in Him and not through their good works, so that no one can boast. For God's righteousness is God's gift to those who choose to believe.

What God has given us:
1.    New life in Christ (6:2-6)
           Sins power is broken
2.    New nature (6:5-11)
           We are now dead to sin and alive to
3.    New freedom (6:12-16)
           We are no longer slaves to sin
           We are free from the bondage of sin

As Christians the hope that we have in Christ gives us a perspective that God will always have our best interests even in tough times. Because every suffering produces perseverance, endurance and hope.

Our assurance in Christ
1.    Assurance that God work for our good (8:28)
2.    Assurance that we were chosen by God and will one day see Him face-to-face (8:29-30)
3.    Assurance that God is for us and not against us (8:31)
4.    Assurance that nothing, either in heaver on on earth can separate us from the love of God (8:38-39)

“The good news of Jesus Christ is intended to transform a person’s life… and until individual Christians own and live out the theology, the gospel has not accomplished its purpose.” -- N.I.V.A.C.

Chapter 12 – Relationship with ourselves and others
Chapter 13 – Relationship with authorities
Chapter 14 - 15 – A Plea for Unity
Chapter 16 – The Letter Closing

Our faith in Christ affects every area of our lives… From our relationship with our family, to our brethren, to those outside the church… to the governing authorities…

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. –Rom 12:1-2 (NASB)

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