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Romans 4:1-25

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Do you have the faith of Abraham.

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Romans 1-7 For You = Timothy Keller
The Gospel of God: Romans = R.C. Sproul

The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9–13 ESV
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

PRAY

God our Father in heaven we praise you for your greatness and glory which finds its fulness in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is this gospel that we cling to as our hope for forgiveness. We come before you this day in full agreement and recognition in our guilt and need for a savior. We fall short even in our practice of this faith we claim, LORD we believe but help our unbelief!
We ask that you would speak to us today Father. Grant us your Spirit that we might be willing to not only hear but apply your Word to our lives today. May we leave today changed by your Holy presence, encouraged by your righteous promises.
As we open your Bible to Romas 4 impress upon us the faith of Abraham, bring us into this faith if we are outside of it. Deepen and strengthen our steadfastness to it if we are in it, God circumcise our hearts we pray!
Thank you LORD Jesus for we know that you will answer this prayer, for we ask that your glory be made manifest in us for your namesake. In the righteous name of Jesus we pray. Amen

INTRO = S.H.A.R.P.

What if I told you that you could have the righteousness of Abraham?
How would you respond to me?
Do you ever feel like I do about these men in scripture?
Are you ever discouraged about your own walk with God, longing for more?
What if I told you that you could have the righteousness of Abraham? or David? or Moses?
What if I told you that you could have a faith more sure and steadfast then they had?
Would you want to know how?
Are you hungry for that beloved?
Paul Will Tell Us - I will seek to stay out of His way!
Circumcised Hearts - i hope to make clear later
Rom 4:1-25
Theme = Romans 2:28-29 & Romans 1:17
Abrahams righteousness was granted to him because of his faith
To receive Abrahams righteousness we need Abrahams faith
Abrahams faith was illustrated in his circumcision
in the flesh
Our faith is illustrated in our circumcision
of the heart
Our faith can be even more sure then Abrahams!

THE SERMON BODY

Boring Word Studies… - imputed
Counted
Circumcised
Romans 4:1–25 ESV
1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; 8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” 9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. 13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Romans 3 = Law & Boasting
Romans 9 = God’s Sovereign Choice
Gen 15.6
V4
From Timothy Keller pg 98
because I have tried my best to be a good Christian. = salvation by works
because I believe in God and try to do His will. = faith + works
Because I believe in God with all my heart. = faith as a work
What is saving faith?… To really believe
V16
From Timothy Keller pg 103-104
To know that reality is greater than how we feel or how things appear = v19
To focus on the facts of God = v20-21
To trust the bare word of God = v21

CONCLUSION

Romans 2:28–29 ESV
28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
Romans 1:16–17 ESV
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Goal

That you will have saving faith or that your saving faith might increase.
That you might rejoice in your righteous standing before God.

Application

Points from Timothy Keller pg 106
No Boasting = 2-3
No Cowering = 6-8
A Great Identity = 12-17
Complete Assurance = 16
Hope, When Hope is Gone = 18
Preservation = 20-25

CLOSE = S.H.A.R.P.

Questions from Timothy Keller pg 107
How is having a hope that goes beyond all human hope of particular encouragement or comfort to you today?
Can you think of ways recently that you have acted in faith when it was hard? Are you being called to do so right now?
Reflect on the list of ways that justification changes us, which is most precious to you today and why? Which most challenges the way you see yourself and your life, and why?

E.N.D.

Our great God and Father we exalt your Holy Name and praise you this day for these truths we have heard. We come before your great throne humbly approaching You by the blood of the Lamb yet without fear due to your faithfulness and lovingkindness given to us by faith in this same Lamb, our God and Savior Jesus the Christ. Praise be to you that our “lawless deeds are forgiven” that our “sins are covered” that our sins will not be counted against us!
Thank you Jesus for your salvation. Grant those who have heard this word today faith, saving faith, and increased faith in you Oh LORD. Let us be numbered amon your peoples by the faith of Abraham as true children of the promise. Cast out of us all boasting of ourselves, yet grant in us by the power of your Spirit the fruits of the Spirit such as peace, joy, and hope.
Holy Spirit we beg thee to dwell within us as the sign and seal of our good confession that we might look to thee as the guarantor of our salvation. That even now you might draw us unto Christ who was “delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” Help us we pray to “walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.”
Amen
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Matthew 6:33 ESV
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 17:20 ESV
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Luke 17:5–6 ESV
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Mark 9:24 ESV
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
James 1:6 ESV
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
2 Corinthians 10:15 ESV
We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged,
Acts 16:5 ESV
So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.
2 Thessalonians 1:3 ESV
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
1 Timothy 3:13 ESV
For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Seal of HS
2 Corinthians 1:22 ESV
22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
2 Corinthians 5:5 ESV
5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
Ephesians 1:13–14 ESV
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 4:30 ESV
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Benediction

Romans 15:13 ESV
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
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