Romans 4:25-5:21 | EP 5 | Easter: Raised to New Life

37m | Apr 9, 2023

Romans 4:25-5:21 | Ep 5 | Easter: Raised to New Life

Host Trey Bailey engages with Gary Thompson (Eastridge South Pastor) and Kurt Petersheim (Eastridge East Pastor) about what the resurrection means for us today. We look a little deeper into Romans 4:25-5:11and answer some honest reflection questions.

EASTER – He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Before we get to today’s Scripture focus, let’s do a quick recap of Rom 1-4

  • Romans is a letter. To real people in a real time dealing with a real situation of disunity about who is living with the righteousness of God. So, Paul gives a clear presentation of the Gospel (the good news) that we can all agree and believe.
  • Romans 1:16-17 // Not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes, by faith.
  • Romans 1:18-4:25 // Heart of the Gospel = Justification (by Faith)
  • Everyone is affected by sin through Adam.
  • We are all accountable to God for that sin.
  • The problem: we are all sinners who deserve death / wrath
  • The solution: (3:21-26) “But God has shown us a way to be made right with him…by placing our faith in Christ…”
  • Romans 4 // Faith Alone // A free gift of God

Scripture focus: Romans 4:25-5:11

Romans 4:25 // “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.” NLT

“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” NIV

– EASTER – Resurrection Sunday

Main point: We rejoice because of Christ’s resurrection.

If we are made right with God (justified) then we have peace (5:1) and hope (5:4-5). Peace and hope give us great JOY (5:11).

Romans 5:1 // “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”

Romans 5:3-5 // “We can rejoice too in suffering…endurance, character, hope…hope does not disappoint.”

Romans 5:11 // “So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”

Questions for reflection:

  1. Why does Paul say that we “rejoice” because we’ve received reconciliation through Jesus? How does reconciliation with someone bring joy? (Think of an example from an earthly relationship.)
  2. Can you think of a time when you went through a trial of some kind, which resulted in you having a stronger Christian character and greater hope in Christ?
  3. Why is the resurrection so important for us in our faith?


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