Adam’s Legacy of Sin [Romans 3:9-20]

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/16/2023

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Romans

Key Text: Romans 3:9-20


Avg Guy: Here’s my take: Man is good… basically. But sometimes there are exceptions where — either because of circumstances or people — he becomes evil.

SBC Host: Interesting, but that’s NOT the Bible’s take.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Romans in which he shows us how the Bible paints a much bleaker picture regarding the human condition. It’s a picture of BAD NEWS: man’s inability to do anything righteous or good.

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But the Bible also proclaims the contrasting GOOD NEWS of the Gospel of Jesus Christ… good news that overwhelms even the sorrowful picture of Romans chapter 3.

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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. Men can differ greatly regarding their character, outward circumstances, religion, or social standing.  Why is it that they are all equally exposed to condemnation?
  2. Can the law of God justify or sanctify?
  3. How is the law of God like a mirror?
  4. No human being naturally hungers after God.  Who is responsible for our lack of hunger?
  5. How do Paul’s words on the moral and spiritual state of humanity affect the role of government and society to create a moral environment in which to live? Is it true that “you can’t legislate morality,” or is it a matter of whose morality is going to be legislated?
  6. In Romans 3:10-18, Paul quotes several Old Testament passages (Psalms 14:1-2; 5:9:140:3; 10:7; 36:1; Isaiah 53:6; 59:7-8).  What was his purpose in quoting these verses?
  7. What does the law produce? (3:20)
  8. Justification is the opposite of condemnation.  What is the difference between being justified and being pardoned?
  9. Romans chapter 3 presents some of the key texts used to support the doctrine of Total Depravity.  What is your understanding of that doctrine?
  10. Paul wrote, “…by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight”.  How are the “works of the law” by Christ necessary for our justification?

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