The Power of God Unto Salvation [Romans 1:16-17]

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/29/2023

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Romans

Key Text: Romans 1:16-17


What is the Gospel?

Ask a number of different Christians this question, and you’re likely to hear a number of different answers. But how many people would say that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation?

Paul would.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Romans and shows us how Paul shares that the gospel is not just simply a message… but POWER.

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And when the gospel is preached, the power of God is at work… not an aimless power but a directed power.

For the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.

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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. Why would Martin Luther (when he was a monk before his conversion) say that he hated the righteousness/justice of God?
  2. How would you say most Christians define “the gospel”?
  3. If the gospel is indeed “the power of God,” how should that power be demonstrated among those who have embraced the Christian gospel?
  4. In what ways is the power of God evident in the church today as recognized by surrounding society?
  5. Many believers seem to be ashamed of the gospel.  Why is this?  What must happen for believers to gain confidence in “the power of God” that will bring salvation?
  6. We are saved from sin’s P________ seen in the doctrine of J___________.  We are saved from sin’s P____________ seen in the doctrine of S_____________.  We are saved from sin’s P_____________ seen in the doctrine of G_______________.  How would you explain each of these aspects of salvation?
  7. A person’s identity will be revealed in what is said and done.  What do your words and actions reveal about your identity?
  8. A heart for people will be revealed in a heart for the gospel.  How do you prove your love for the gospel message?
  9. The stronger one’s purpose and calling, the more effective one will be.  How would you describe your life’s purpose and calling?
  10. A life calling should be based on eternal values and truth.  Do your priorities in life and ministry reflect values that are true and eternal?
  11. What is the relationship between righteousness and justice and why do we have such different connotations between these words when they both translate a single word in Greek and Hebrew?
  12. What must we do to obtain the righteousness of God?
  13. What is the difference between Christ’s “active obedience” and “passive obedience”?
  14. What are the three things that must be present in “saving faith”?
  15. If God provides His righteousness apart from the law in Christ, then is the law of any value?   Do we still need to obey it as Christians?
  16. God’s Righteousness saves us from God’s righteousness.  Explain what is meant by this statement.

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