Justification & Its Implications
January 26, 2014 Speaker: Brent Small
Topic: Justification Passage: Romans 5:1–5:1
In this sermon podcast on Romans 5:1, Pastor Brent unfolds four “fundamental components” of the doctrine of justification.
Paul states in 1 Timothy 3:15 that the church is to be the “pillar and support” of the truth. Paul makes this definitive statement about the church for at least two reasons: 1) the church guards the truth of the Scripture and passes it along to future generations and 2) the church must be grounded in the great doctrines of scripture to be life and support to its members.
In all ages of the church, men organized and structured churches with varied emphases. Churches have been are now built with things like, music, personality, schedules, programs and beautiful campuses. However, if a church is built without doctrine at its very core, the church will fold when faced with the true realities of life on earth and the life to come.
How will churches survive the onslaught of the enemy? How will churches and their members be comforted in times of great persecution and difficulty? How will Christians live to the glory of God fulfilling His will for their life without doctrine?
The catalyst of the Protestant Reformation was doctrine. Men, eager to see the doctrines of scripture heralded in the church, joined in a massive movement that changed the shape of Christianity and the world. The Reformation centered on the doctrine of justification. Martin Luther has written that justification was more important than anything in this life, especially to the believer.
In this sermon Pastor Brent pauses to look at the doctrine of justification so that we can understand the doctrine and also unpack its implications for our lives as believers.