February 28, 2018

Topic Day|Redemption

This Is a Story of God, His Righteousness, and Some Crazy Children

Romans 3:24–26

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24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

This Is a Story of God, His Righteousness, and Some Crazy Children



Central Truth

By no doing of our own, we are redeemed. As God made a way for us to be in relationship with Him despite our iniquities, He also satisfied His great righteousness through Christ's blood. God is both just and the justifier of those have faith in Jesus.

Devotional | Redemption

My spree of sin began on July 8, 1987. Twenty-four years later, my addiction to selfish desires held me captive in an extramarital affair for nearly a year. As my marriage was surrounded by God's people, I...

My spree of sin began on July 8, 1987. Twenty-four years later, my addiction to selfish desires held me captive in an extramarital affair for nearly a year. As my marriage was surrounded by God's people, I was crushed by the weight of my sin. Paul described the law as "revealing the extent of our enslavement to sin"—a power that was broken by Christ.

I spent many years trying to be "good enough" for the God of the universe (crazy, I know). This eventually sent me angrily in the opposite direction. I thought if I wasn't good enough for God, He wasn't good enough for me. Later, a hopeless drug addiction would bring me back to the foot of the cross in desperation. As He did in restoring Paul's sight, God broke years of addiction in an instant. This was enough for me to begin to try to understand who God is. The old habit of trying to fix myself and be enough continued to draw me away from God's truth.

In 2012, my desire to feel good enough led me into an affair. God's all-powerful grace began to bombard my life through my wife, God's Word, community, re|engage (Watermark's marriage ministry), and a daily pursuit of understanding. Long obedience in the same direction began to reveal REDEMPTION! The guilt and shame I had been carrying my whole life had been ignoring the cross. I believed in the resurrection, but failed to comprehend its power and intention.

Romans 8:3 says, "For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh." Today, like Paul, I am a servant of Jesus, having experienced an unforeseen, sudden, and startling change that resulted from an all-powerful grace. It was not the fruit of my reasoning or thought, but occurred so that my life might be a vessel for others to know God. I don't always feel redeemed, but God's Word is nevertheless true. Our lives have been transformed through no credit of our own. God's rich mercy, despite our sin, has redeemed us. GLORY TO GOD!

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Bio | Andrew Marsh

Good morning. My name is Andrew Marsh. I get to be husband to the beautiful Jenny Marsh, daddy to Grace, and soon-to-be daddy to our baby boy, Jude! We transplanted from the Dallas campus to the Wild West of Fort Worth and have been serving in Watermark's Marriage ministry since 2013. The most important thing about me is that every day I wake up and live a life I could never deserve. God's redeeming power will never lose its majesty in my eyes, but that hasn't always been true. Continue reading to see just how amazing He is.

Discussion Questions

1. In what areas are you trying to be "good enough"?

2. What does the gospel mean to you?

3. Is there an area in your life in which you struggle to believe God's redeeming power?

4. Read Romans 8:3. What was God's purpose for Old Testament law?

5. Identify areas of this passage you struggle to understand or believe. Spend time studying and praying that God will reveal His truth.

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