God's Good News

Romans 1-8

20 November 2022
Freedom as Slaves to Righteousness
Romans 6:15-7:6
by Joel Sim

In this passage, the apostle Paul answers the objection that being under grace means obtaining a free license to sin. When we are united to Christ, we are not only slaves to righteousness, but we are also freed from the law in our marriage to Christ. True freedom is not the absence of constraints. Rather, true freedom lies in having the power to do what pleases God, which is only possible when the Spirit changes our hearts and makes us willing to live for Him.

Freedom as Slaves to Righteousness - Joel Sim
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13 November 2022
Union with Christ
Romans 6:1-14
by Tan Huai Tze

Why shouldn't Christians continue in sin if grace is so free? We cannot because our lives have been so intertwined with Christ that his death to sin becomes our death to sin. Sin is no longer our master. We do not need to obey sin. Because of this great truth, we can grow in holiness by God's grace.

Union with Christ - Tan Huai Tze
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6 November 2022
A Tale of Two Adams
Romans 5:12-21
by Joel Sim

In this remarkable text, the apostle Paul gives us a panoramic view of God's history of redemption. He helps us to see that all people are either united to Adam or Jesus Christ. Depending on the representatives that we belong to, we will either have death (in Adam) or life (in Christ), which is far better.

A Tale of Two Adams - Joel Sim
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30 October 2022
The Justified Life
Romans 5:1-11
by Tan Huai Tze

Those who have been justified by faith in Christ, have the blessing of being reconciled to God, free access to his grace, and have an unshakeable hope of restoration to beauty and splendour. We also need not fear the coming judgement of God. The way we can be sure that we have this life is because the Holy Spirit pours God's love into our hearts, and because God has shown us his love through the death of his Son for us.

The Justified Life - Tan Huai Tze
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23 October 2022
Counted As Righteous
Romans 4:1-25
by Tan Huai Tze

In this passage, Paul further clarifies that to receive the righteousness of God by faith in Christ means that God counts those who have faith in Jesus, as righteous in his eyes. It is a change of status. Using the example of the Jewish patriarch Abraham, Paul shows us that this new status cannot be earned through good works, rituals or obeying God's law. It is received as a free gift by trusting in the promise and power of God as shown to us most clearly in Jesus.

Counted As Righteous - Tan Huai Tze
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16 October 2022
The Righteousness of God
Romans 3:21-31
by Tan Huai Tze

God's answer to our damnable unrighteousness and self-righteousness is to give us his own righteousness. This righteousness is received by a faith that is not a work, and that is in the Cross-work of Christ. We know we have received this righteousness if we are humble, united with other Christians, and obedient to God.

The Righteousness of God - Tan Huai Tze
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9 October 2022
Closing Arguments
Romans 3:1-20
by Aaron Akins

As the apostle Paul concludes his indictment against sin, he speaks about the benefits that the Jew has with respect to the law despite his faithlessness. The law functions as a mirror of our sins, which shows us our fundamental need for the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Closing Arguments - Aaron Akins
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2 October 2022
The Idolatry of Religion
Romans 2:17-29
by Tan Huai Tze

Even the Christian religion can be an idol that keeps us from God. Idolatrous religion is marked by pride, hypocrisy and superficiality. So, even religious people need the gospel.

The Idolatry of Religion - Tan Huai Tze
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25 September 2022
Religious People Need the Gospel Too
Romans 2:1-16
by Joel Sim

In Romans 2, Paul shifts his gaze to address the religious Jew, who is guilty of the very wrongdoings that he judges others for. This leaves him condemned before the impartial judgment of God, which leaves no room for presumption and pretension. Yet, without God's judgment, there is no Gospel for the salvation of sinners through Jesus Christ.

Religious People Need the Gospel Too - Joel Sim
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18 September 2022
Why We Really Need the Gospel
Romans 1:18-32
by Tan Huai Tze

Paul begins to explain the darkness of human sin, which tells us why we all need the Gospel. God is angry at human sin. We are idolatrous, immoral and unjust. And yet, God makes a way to save us through Christ.

Why We Really Need the Gospel - Tan Huai Tze
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11 September 2022
The Glorious Gospel of God
Romans 1:1-17
by Joel Sim

In the introduction to his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul helps us to see that everyone needs the Gospel. The message of the Gospel is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Gospel, which is the power of God for salvation, transforms the lives of people from the inside out. The way we receive this divine power is through faith. When we trust in Jesus, we are no longer condemned, but we stand righteous before God.

The Glorious Gospel of God - Joel Sim
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