How do you feel today? I feel rather frustrated, provoked, and weary. The idol worship all around, which spills out in everything from personal lifestyles to federal government decisions, is frankly maddening. One could go insane living in an insane world like this.
But this Lord's Day I want to preach on something from the Word of God which powerfully produces peace and hope in this world. The Bible talks about it often, in passages such as this:
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)
Having peace with God and rejoicing in the hope of God's glory depend upon being justified by faith. This Lord's Day we want to consider that world-changing truth of justification. It was this truth which produced the earthquake that reshaped the Western world in the days of the Reformers, and we need it just as much today as they did then. May God be pleased to mightily reshape our lives by the great truth that we are justified by Christ's blood.
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (#36)
Arise, My Soul, Arise (#174)
Not What These Hands Have Done (#347)
Amazing Grace (#247)
The Name High Over All (#31)
Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness (#400)
Standing for the Gospel - Galatians 1-2
Blessed Be God for Blessing Us in Christ with Justification - Romans 3