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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Grimwade

Justification by Faith


'If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”' Romans 4:2-3

Outline: Romans 4:1-25

I. Introduction

A. The significance of Romans 4:5

B. The surprising message of the Bible about who God accepts

II. The Doctrine of Justification

A. God justifies the ungodly

B. Accepting God's righteousness by faith

C. The central message of the Bible and what it means to be a Christian

D. The importance of this doctrine for unity within the church

III. Paul's Approach in Romans 4

A. Explanation of the doctrine

1. Three key words: Righteousness, Credit, Believe

2. Righteousness as meeting God's standards

3. Credit as a gift from God, not earned

4. Faith as the means to receive righteousness

B. Illustration through the example of Abraham

1. Abraham's justification by faith, not works

2. Abraham justified before circumcision

3. Abraham justified before the giving of the law

4. Abraham's justification entirely the work of God

IV. Application

A. The only way for anyone to be right with God

B. No place for boasting in one's own achievements

C. Assurance of salvation through faith in Jesus

V. Conclusion

A. What will you say when you stand before God?

B. The importance of understanding the doctrine of justification through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.


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