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Romans 10 - Faith Comes From Hearing

There are two types of people: those led by emotion, & those led by God's truth. Which are you?

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Romans 10 Summary

Remember the overall question that Paul is struggling with in chapters 9-11: why is it that his own people, Israel, in large part rejected Christ? In the opening passage of chapter 10, he concludes that they were so wrapped up trying to fabricate their own righteousness that they completely missed/ignored the perfect righteousness God offers in Christ.

The true Christian gospel is not complicated. Verse 9 is worth memorizing:

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Since the gospel is at its core a message that must be heard before it can be believed, this chapter emphasizes the critically important need for preachers. In fact, preaching - which is two way communication that requires both a proclaimer as well as an active listener - is the basis for not only establishing faith in a new believer, but building and growing it throughout a Christian's life.

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There is no question that the Jews in Jesus' day were zealous for their faith. They were willing to kill for it! But no amount of zealousness can overcome bad theology.

This means that it's not enough for you to feel really strongly about what you believe or to be led by your emotions. Rather, your feelings & attitudes must be based on a true knowledge of who Jesus is and what He's done.

It doesn't take long in our super-charged world to get worked up into a zealous frenzy. Don't let this happen to you, because a zeal that is not based on knowledge (v2) will always pull you farther from the truth of the gospel (it's important to note here that the Greek word translated 'knowledge' is not just facts in general, but theological truth).

Keep yourself grounded in the true gospel by reading the Bible, singing the Bible, praying the Bible and hearing the Bible preached.

AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father who holds His hands out all day long to His stubborn and disobedient people (v21)

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that Jesus' Lordship will be present in every aspect of your life (v9)




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