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Works or Faith

Romans 4:1-3

Many people revere Abraham. Why? Ultimately, because God honoured him! But why did God do that? Certainly not because Abraham was perfect!

Wages versus Gifts

Romans 4:4-8

Christless religion, of whatever kind, says that we have to earn God's approval by doing well. But that is not the gospel of Jesus.

What matters most: The outward sign or believing God's word?

Romans 4:9-10

Religious people are addicted to the signs and symbols of their faith. They provide an objective physical and visual way of identifying themselves as adherents.

What is the Mark of True Faith?

Romans 4:11-12

Circumcision was a mark of faith to the Jews. It said, "I belong to God because I belong to his people". However the Jews thought so much about the sign that they forgot what it meant!

Law Brings Wrath

Romans 4:13-15

Those who rely on doing what is right for their righteousness will always have a shock.

God's Grace Bring Life to the Dead

Romans 4:16-17

Promises are good, but only if they can be fulfilled. That is the problem of so much business trading: orders not completed, goods not perfect, money not paid on time.

Hope, Against all Hope

Romans 4:18

Post-menopausal women do not have babies. That is why Sarah laughed when God told her that she would have a son (Genesis 18:10-12).

The Realism of Faith

Romans 4:19-22

Believers are sometimes accused of 'blind faith'. It is intended as an insult, meaning that 'you cannot see the problems, you cannot understand the issues so you just believe without evidence ...

Resurrection Faith

Romans 4:23-25

'Faith' is a very special word. Although it is used by some people to mean 'following a religious system', the Bible speaks of a personal relationship with the Creator God who can raise the dead.

Peace and Open Access to God

Romans 5:1-2

Over four chapters in Romans, we have seen Paul demolish all ideas that we can earn our way to heaven with good deeds.