Follow - Part 3: "Believe It or Not"

Series: Follow

After the disciples began to follow Jesus, something began to slowly happen within them. They began to believe. They began to believe that he was from God. They began to believe that he was the Messiah. They put their faith in him as the forgiver of sin. And that’s the pattern. People follow Jesus until they reach a conclusion. They conclude that there is a way to be justified before God, but it doesn’t come through doing. It comes by trusting. 

Speaker: Jason Ewart

September 22, 2022

Jason Ewart

Lead Pastor

Follow Along with the Message


Follow Part 3 – “Believe it or Not”

September 22 & 25, 2022

 

Romans 3:19

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 

 

Romans 3:20

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

 

  • Righteousness – a validating record of performance.

 

Romans 3:21-22

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

 

Romans 3:22-23

There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

 

  • Forgiven– “You may go. You are free.”
  • Justified – “You may come. You are worthy.”

 

Romans 3:25

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.

 

Romans 3:27-28

Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

 

  • You are not saved by the size of your faith but by the object of your faith.

 

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

  • God loved, so God gave. When we believe, we receive.

 

 

 Group Questions

  1. Agree/Disagree: Everyone tries to justify their existence.
  2. What are some ways that you try to justify your existence?
  3. Read Romans 3:19-20. Why can’t “the law” be used to validate your life before God? Why do religious people seem to encourage this approach?
  4. Read Romans 3:21-23. What could be the result if a person understands free forgiveness, but doesn’t understand free justification? Begin by discussing the difference between forgiveness and justification.
  5. How would you explain faith? Come up with a Group definition. Cite any Bible verses that you are able.
  6. How does a person know if they have faith? How does a person know if they have enough faith?
  7. If you are saved by the object of your faith, does having a big faith matter? If so, in what way?
  8. This week, what’s one thing you can do that could boost your faith?

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