WHY "RELIGION" CANNOT SAVE YOU

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Oct. 07

Sermon Outline

WHY “RELIGION” CANNOT SAVE YOU

Romans 2:17-29

Introduction: The Apostle Paul is building a case that all humanity is under the guilt and domination of sin. He describes three categories of sinful humanity:

  • 1)The Rebellious sinner
  • 2)The Respectable sinner
  • 3)The Religious sinner

Religion is the human’s best attempt to be right with God.

  • I.CHARACTERISTICS OF RELIGION (vv. 17-20)
  • Rely on rules and regulations (v. 17a)
  • Believe and boast in special status with God (v. 17b)
  • Maintain high moral standards (v. 18)
  • Condescending towards others (v. 19-20)
  • II.THE FAILURE OF RELIGION (vv. 23-24)
  • A.Cannot Meet the Standard
  • 1.God’s Holiness and revealed Law
  • 2.We overrate ourselves and underrate our sin
  • 3.We dishonor God with our hypocrisy
  • It is not our duty to make people religious
  • Never expect an unbeliever to act like a believer
  • B.God is Just in His Judgements
  • III.THE ALTERNATIVE TO RELIGION
  • A.Not Religion and Rituals (vv. 25-27)
  • B.The Need for Inward Spiritual Transformation (vv. 28-29)

Conclusion: What are you counting on to be right with God? What are you trusting in to experience heaven? Religion or a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ?