More Than a Salutation [Romans 1:1-7 (part 3)]

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/15/2023

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Romans

Key Text: Romans 1:1-7


Do you ever wonder about your standing before God?

Do you wonder if God is angry with you when you are weak?

…Or do you wonder if God compares you with other Christians who seem to have it all together?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Romans in which we are just about through the Apostle Paul’s salutation to the believers in Rome — a salutation that goes WAY beyond a simple greeting.

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For we find him laying a foundation of gospel truth that when correctly understood makes those questions we started with go away… and can only result in praising our great God from whom all blessings flow.

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The following are questions to help you think about the sermon, as well as offer a set of discussion questions for family worship, or gathering together in other settings. My prayer is that these questions will allow you to dwell longer, and meditate more, upon God’s holy Word and will be fodder for sanctifying conversations. — M.S.

  1. What are some common questions that plague Christians in life and leave them unsettled in the Lord?
  2. Does learning Bible doctrine help or hinder us in finding answers to these kinds of questions?
  3. How do love for God and knowledge of God relate?
  4. In Romans 1:5-6, Paul gives the Romans five things that are theirs (and ours) in Christ. Can you name them?
  5. What is the difference between the External Call (sometimes called the Outward, Gospel, or General call), and the Internal Call of God (sometimes called the Effectual Call)?
  6. What does the word saint mean and consequently, what is it to be “called as saints”?
  7. Why is the common definition of grace as unmerited favor not strong enough to convey the doctrine of justification?
  8. In what way are the terms “grace” and “peace” related and is there an order to how these words are applied to a believer?
  9. Peace is a common greeting today, in many countries, just as it was in the ancient near east.  How is Paul’s use of “peace” in his salutation have a fuller meaning for the Christian?
  10. To understand peace, you must understand reconciliation.  How does the Bible’s teaching of reconciliation in the atonement differ from the way we often use that word in other situations?

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