Romans Part 14: Father Abraham’s Faith

Romans 4:9-17a
by Mike Deguzman

I. The Limitations of Religious Rituals

   1. Religious Rituals Cannot Impute Righteousness

Romans 3:28
John 3:16
Genesis 17:1
Genesis 17:9-10

    2. Religious Rituals Can Confirm Righteousness

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for (εις) the forgiveness of your sins;

Luke 11:32 The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because they repented at (εις) the preaching of Jonah;

Mark 16:16
Galatians 1:8
1 Corinthians 1:14
1 Corinthians 1:17

II. The Limitations of Religious Rules

    1. Salvation is Limited to Those Who Come By Faith

Romans 2:14-16
Philippians 2:9-11

    2. Salvation is Guaranteed To Those Who Come By Faith

Romans 11:6
1 John 5:13

Small Group Questions:

1.In what ways have you seen people trust in religious rituals to assume they are right with God?

2.Before coming to faith in Christ, what religious rituals did you count on if any?

3.How have religious rules shaped the way you or others assume they are right with God?

4.Spend some time talking about how/why salvation is guaranteed. Use Scripture to support your belief