10 Feb Resting in Christ
Read: Romans 3:21-31
After learning about our new life in Christ from 2 Corinthians 5, we now turn our attention back to Romans. Last Fall we considered the righteousness of God in chapters 1 through 3, verse 20. This Sunday we will see Paul flip the page to the grace of God, beginning in chapter 3, verse 21, as Pastor Jason will preach a message entitled, “Your Biggest Problem—and God’s Solution to it.” As you prepare your heart for our corporate gathering, let these words from Milton Vincent lead you further to find complete rest in the righteousness of Christ alone.
The gospel encourages me to rest in my righteous standing with God, a standing which Christ Himself has accomplished and always maintains for me. I never have to do a moment’s labor to gain or maintain my justified status before God! Freed from the burden of such a task, I now can put my energies into enjoying God, pursuing holiness, and ministering God’s amazing grace to others.
The gospel also reminds me that my righteous standing with God always holds firm regardless of my performance, because my standing is based solely on the work of Jesus and not mine. On my worst days of sin and failure, the gospel encourages me with God’s unrelenting grace toward me. On my best days of victory and usefulness, the gospel keeps me relating to God solely on the basis of Jesus’ righteousness and not mine.
“Resting in Christ’s Righteousness,” in A Gospel Primer for Christians, by Milton Vincent
Song List for Sunday
1. “God is Able,” by Hillsong Live
2. “Nothing but the Blood,” Arr. by Charlie Hall
3. “O Come to the Altar,” Arr. by Shane and Shane
4. “Grace and Peace,” by Sovereign Grace Music
Check out Crosspoint’s Sunday Set List on Spotify to listen to these songs!