SCRIPTURES:   Romans 3:1-20

BOTTOM LINE: It’s ok not to be ok. But it’s not ok to stay that way!  Paul’s saying … listen folks … our Spiritual Communities need to be built around our pursuit of righteousness … not our expression of Guilt even … because … When our community is built upon our collective brokenness, it become uncool to pursue wholeness.

QUESTION: Is it really an Advantage to “be Advantaged” so to speak?

DOWNLOAD:   Even in our country, which at 1 time was founded on the principles of God’s Word and who God is … we are now seeing a growing number of people who claim no faith at all in God … and there’s a growing number of people who now argue against the truth of God [Agnostics] and even some that completely deny the existence of God [Athiest]

And so it’s really interesting what Paul has to say here in these 1st 8 verses of chapter 3 … especially when we look at this through this lens of considering … Is It really Advantageous to have the “Advantage” so to speak?

  1. The Unfaithfulness of the Privileged People
  2. The Faithfulness of God’s Promised Plan 
  3. What Is Our Response to His Grace?

And the question is for us in this 1st section here … is What is Our Response to the Advantages of the Gospel that have been afforded to us?

Romans 3:9-19

And then he wraps up this next section where we see the verdict of Scripture here … that all mankind lacks the righteousness of God … and is need of a Savior … or a ransom … or a substitutionary sacrifice on our behalf …

And it’s all painted thru the lens that Paul paints all the way throughout the book of Romans … that it is the Gospel of Christ through which the power of God restores us to a righteous standing in His eyes … and it’s through the finished work of Christ on the cross that we can place our faith in God … and not only experience the transformation and forgiveness of God … but rest assured of one day spending eternity w/ Him in Heaven …

  1. The CHARGES  
  2. The EVIDENCE

THERE IS SIN IN HUMAN CHARACTER …

THERE IS SIN IN HUMAN CONDUCT …

THERE IS SIN IN HUMAN ATTITUDES …

APPLICATION:  

Truth is … we all need Forgiveness don’t we? Aren’t we glad that we can come before a Holy, Sovereign, Heavenly Father … and know for certain that He made a way for us to be restored?

Have we responded to the GRACE of God extended to us thru the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus?

And if so … are we pursuing Holiness?

Many of us would say that we love the openness and authenticity of our small group … or our Bible Study … or our CONNECTION Group … and if we’re not careful, we actually love meeting together w/ our group of friends where we just love to all sit around and share our sins and struggles …

But here’s what the article said … When our community is built upon our collective brokenness, it become uncool to pursue wholeness.

Sometimes … we know the truth … and we know God’s Word … and yet we’re satisfied w/ this façade of vulnerability that allows us to maintain our comfort while still sharing our embarrassing sin or temptations we’re facing …

But there’s a HUGE difference between those who talk about working out all the time … and the person(s) who actually work out right? And in the same way, there’s a HUGE difference between the person who talks vulnerability and the person who lives vulnerability

Paul’s saying … listen folks … our Spiritual Communities need to be built around our pursuit of righteousness … not our expression of Guilt even … because … When our community is built upon our collective brokenness, it become uncool to pursue wholeness.

We’ve got to make sure that we’re falling on our knees before God … humbly coming before Him seeking His wisdom in our pursuit of wholeness … It’s ok not to be Ok … but it’s not Ok to stay that way!

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