S5•E08 | Romans 4 | Abraham: The Prototype of Faith

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What failures do you let the Devil keep throwing in your face? What sins do you commit over and over again that make you grieve?
The Good News is that you are a beloved child of God! The Gospel is not the beginning of the Christian experience—it’s the whole thing! It’s the Truth of God’s Love for you; a love that will never leave you regardless of your failures.


Episode Segments:
▶ Who was Abraham [3:13]
▶ Doctrine of Imputation [26:32]
▶ What it meant [25:45]
▶ What it means [41:03]
▶ Why it matters: [44:24]
▶ Why it matters: [44:24]

Episode Points:

  • The best Old Testament people could not justify themselves before God.Justification by faith is established in the father of faith: Abraham.
  • Abraham the prototype: A faith that BELIEVES – is a FAITH that LIVES it out! (IN SPITE OF OUR FAILURES).

What it Meant:


Who Was Abraham?

  • The father of faith.
  • 3 main religious faiths in the world claim him as father.
  • Meets God at 75.
  • Received a Promise. Gen 12:1-3
  • Leaves his family, homeland – “Ur of the Chaldees”.
  • No son.
  • Waits 25 years for one son.
  • Fails repeatedly as he goes.
  • LIVED 450 years before the Law was given.
  • Was a friend of God – BEFORE the LAW was given.



What it Means:

Romans 4:1-10

  • If Abraham cannot be justified by his works – neither can you.
  • If David cannot be condemned by his sin – through faith -neither can you.
  • Neither our good works nor our bad deeds are the determining factor of our standing before God.
  • I’m blessed!


Why It Matters:

God responds to faith:

  • Yes, you are a sinner, but the question is – do you believe God sent Jesus to die for you and redeem you from your sin?
  • If God delays in your life – it is not denial of his purpose for your life.
  • When you are confronted with sin, do you repent or excuse it?
  • When you realize your sin, do you run to God or do you deny it?


Profile of Faith:


John Newton

  • Godly mother, wicked father.
  • Became a sailor – and ended up in the slave trade.
  • Became a slave himself.
  • On board a ship he read “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a Kempis.
  • Storm tossed him into the sea. He cried out to God and a wave tossed him back on that ship.
  • He surrendered to Christ – and wrote, “Amazing Grace”.
  • “I am not the main I ought to be, I am not the man I wish to be, but by the grace of God, I am not the man I used to be.”
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