What is a Christian? Another way to put it is, "What exactly does a person need to believe in order to be saved? Search the Web and you will find a variety of answers. But what does the Bible say about it? That is the question that the apostle Paul answers in Romans chapters 4 and 10.
There has been a rumor spread abroad in the human race for centuries that entrance into Heaven can be obtained by good works. But it's not true. It's a great hoax. In Romans 4:16-22 the Apostle Paul explains what authentic saving faith looks like. How do you know you possess the genuine article? How do you know that what you have is not a hoax? What is it's true worth? How do you obtain it? Listen to find out.
In Romans 4:9-15, the Apostle Paul shows us that the blessing of salvation does not come through keeping religious rituals nor by keeping the Law of God, but the blessing of salvation comes through God crediting righteousness to us through faith alone.
According to recent surveys, fewer than half (46%) of Protestants agree with the Protestant Reformation that faith alone is needed to get into Heaven. 72% of people surveyed believe that it is possible for someone to earn their way into Heaven by their good behavior. Sadly, most Americans disagree with Romans 4:5, "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness."
Romans 3:28 says, "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law." The sad thing is that most American's who say they believe in God, don't believe what Romans 8:28 teaches. Human nature likes to think that we have something to do with our salvation and being in right standing with God. But it's not a Law of Works, but a Law of Faith.
We are very much aware that Jesus died on the cross for men, for sinners. We are much less aware that Jesus also died on the cross for God, for the sake of God. How exactly was God satisfied with the death of Christ? That is the message of Romans 3:23-26 and the Glorious Gospel.
Reformation 500! “After Darkness Light”
After centuries of darkness the light of God's Word shown into the world. Outside of the Book of Acts, there has never been a greater movement of the Holy Spirit than the Protestant Reformation.
The great question of the Reformation was, “How can a person be right with God?” How would you complete the sentence, “I am right with God because ............"
We all need to get the answer right because our eternal destiny depends on it. When we couldn’t do thing one about our situation and salvation God intervened. After Darkness Light.
What was life like in Europe 500 years ago on October 17, 1517? What was it in Martin Luther’s life that led him to finally understand that, “The Just Shall Live by Faith?”
There are only two ways to live. One is right and one is wrong. Martin Luther tried to live the wrong way until he discovered the great truth from Paul's Letter to the Romans.
Remember that famous line from the movie Apollo 13? There has been a explosion of some kind and the spacecraft was shaking and twisting through space and Jim Lovell got on the com and said, "Houston, we have a problem."
Humankind also has a problem. The whole human race is under sin. It's a problem so severe and so horrible, that if the problem is not correctly diagnosed and if the problem is not solved, then we are under the wrath of God for all eternity and destined to live the horrible consequences of our sin. "Man, we have a problem."
People raise all kinds of objections to Christianity and the truth of God's Word, but in the end God always wins. We must be careful not to use our questions and objections as an excuse for not submitting ourselves to God, repenting of our sin, and trusting in Christ.