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RELIGION VERSES FAITH

ROMANS

Romans 3 :27-4 :25

Pastor Daniel Cassels

September 2, 2018

1ST CENTURY JEWS: More concerned about RELIGIOUS ________ __________ than cultivating a heart of GENUINE __________ RELIGION OR FAITH: The Upside/Downside the Upside of Religion: requires _______________________________________________ The Downside of Religion: produces (Provides) ______________________________________________________ The Downside of Faith: requires ____________________________ The Upside of Faith: brings ________________________________ ______________________________________________________ JESUS’ DEALINGS WITH RELIGIOUS JEWS   MISPLACED __________ (Matthew 15:6b-9)   In this way, you have nullified the word of God because of your tradition.  Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said:  This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.  They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines human commands.” Matthew 15:6–9 (CSB)
 
Problem: The Jews put man’s _______________ (RELIGIOUS RULES) above God’s ___________
 
Note: Jesus did not condemn their _______________
 
Indicates a heart that is ________ from God (v8)
 
COUNTERFEIT ______________ (Matthew 23:25-28)  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of the bones of the dead and every kind of impurity.  In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matthew 23:25–28 (CSB) RELIGIOUS PEOPLE More concerned about __________ appearance than ____________ change (v25b-27) 
 
Only have a shallow understanding of ________and His __________ (v27; Ez. 13:10-12)   Most people are fooled by their _______________ covering (v27)
 
EXAMPLES OF MODERN SURFACE EXPRESSSIONS: Attending ___________ for years, but never growing ________________   Enthusiastic _______________ in worship, but never growing deeper in God’s ________ JUST RELIGIOUS? OR PEOPLE OF FAITH? (ROMANS 3:27-31)  1) RELIGION PRODUCES ___________; FAITH PRODUCES ___________ (Romans 3:27,28; 2:17)   Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith. For we conclude that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.           Romans 3:27–28 (CSB) ____________ are the _____________ in Spirit (Matthew 5:3)
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Matthew 5:3 (CSB) 2) RELIGION IS _______________; FAITH IN _______________ (Romans 3:29,30)
 
Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Romans 3:29–30 (CSB)
 
3) RELIGION BRINGS _________; FAITH BRINGS ___________
 
Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law. Romans 3:31 (CSB)  He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:6 (CSB)  Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside of it may also become clean.  Matthew 23:26 (CSB

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