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A Primer on Justification: Part 2

The Centrality of Justification Having described our predicament in all its miserable detail, the apostle Paul announces that a legal remedy has been made available: “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known” (Rom. 3:21). The words “but now” mark a major transition in Paul’s argument. More than that, they introduce the great turning point in the history of salvation. Up to this point we stand condemned. God’s perfect law tells us that we cannot be declared righteous at the bar of God’s justice. But now a righteousness from God has been revealed. God has provided the way for us to be declared righteous. Or, to put it in the biblical way, he has provided a way for us to be justified. There is more to salvation than justification by faith. Yet without exaggerating its importance, it must be said that this doctrine holds a place near the center of...

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A Primer on Justification: Part 1

The Need for Justification Picture the scene: An accused criminal stands before an impartial judge to receive his just sentence. The legal proceedings begin with a court official reciting the laws of the kingdom. As he listens, the criminal starts to realize that he is doomed to be condemned, for it turns out that he has violated every single law in the book. Whatever the charge, he is certain to be found guilty. When the judge finally turns to the defendant and asks how he pleads, the man is speechless. He stands before the judge in mute terror, unable to utter anything in his defense. This is the desperate legal predicament described in the opening chapters of Romans. Humanity stands in the dock. The religious and the irreligious, Jews and Gentiles, believers and atheists—everyone must appear before God’s throne for judgment. The standard for justice is God’s perfect law. By that standard,...

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Sermon Video: Family, Work and the Church

Below, on June 5, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “Family, Work and the Church” from Ephesians 5:22-6:9, the last sermon in the series “Biblical Answers to Life’s Big Questions.” This message looks at how Paul addresses the three areas of marriage, parenting and work, giving a "how to" explanation, as well as a "why to" motivation. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here. ...

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Sermon Video: The Gospel and Other Religions

Below, on May 29, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “The Gospel and Other Religions” from John 14:1-11 in the series “Biblical Answers to Life’s Big Questions.” This message examines Jesus' answers to three questions asked by his disciples, questions also commonly asked today. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here. ...

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Sermon Video: The Existence of God

Below, on May 22, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “The Existence of God” from Psalm 14 in the series "Biblical Answers to Life's Big Questions." This psalm presents a song that an atheist might sing. It is divided in 3 parts, telling what they say, what we do, and what God does. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here. ...

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Sermon Video: The Reliability of the Bible

Below, on May 15, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “The Reliability of the Bible” from 2 Timothy 3:10-17 in the series "Biblical Answers to Life's Big Questions." This passage gives us a true diagnosis of a less than excellent spiritual situation, while at the same time providing a reliable, spiritual remedy. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here. ...

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Sermon Video: The Greatest Chapter in the Greatest Letter in the Greatest Book Ever Written

Below, on May 8, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “The Greatest Chapter in the Greatest Letter in the Greatest Book Ever Written" from Romans chapter 8. This sermon concluded the series "Confident," giving a final summary look at Romans 8. It reminds us that for those who have trusted in Christ, there is no condemnation and no separation, leading us to ask "so then," "for then," and "what then?" Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here. ...

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Sermon Video: Why God’s Love Cannot Be Defeated by Any Terror Whatsoever

Below, on May 1, 2016, Josh Moody preached a message on “Why God's Love Cannot Be Defeated by Any Terror Whatsoever" from Romans 8:35-39 in the sermon series “Confident.” This message looks at how God's love can make us more than conquerors and how we can experience that in our present world through asking real questions and then looking at the truth. Discussion questions about this sermon can be found here. ...

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