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According to the U.S. Supreme Court, we are now allowed to have worship services in our building. We are only able to have two worship services at this time. However, we will continue to have our online services on the web, Sundays and Wednesdays, in audio/text/video form. Come and join us, if you can, at 11:00 am this Sunday!

Call 330-340-9413 for more info. or email.



Prayer

O Lord, our God. Thank You for making it possible for us to worship You in spirit and in truth. We praise Thy holy name and thank You for your goodness and faithfulness to us. We rejoice in Your great salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, our hope and faith is in Jesus Christ our Savior. We rejoice in His love for us and His sacrifice on our behalf. We thank You for sending Thy Holy Spirit to indwell us and to guide us into Thy truth.
O Lord, we confess that as a nation and a state, we have by and large moved far from Thee. Our sins are great and our iniquities are numerous. We know that we do not deserve Thy favor, but we humbly ask Thee to forgive us and give us the rain we so desperately need here in our state.
We want to be faithful to Thee and honor Thee in everything we do. We yield ourselves to Thee and ask Thy Holy Spirit to move amongst us and show us our faults and encourage us in our walk with Thee.
May our worship be acceptable to Thee, and we ask that Thou would bless and edify Thy people and speak to the hearts of those who know not Christ as their Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


CHORUS
GLORIFY THY NAME

(Played by Pat)



Father, we love You
We worship and adore You
Glorify Thy Name in all the earth
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name in all the earth

Jesus, we love You
We worship and adore You
Glorify Thy Name in all the earth
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name in all the earth

Spirit, we love You
We worship and adore You
Glorify Thy Name in all the earth
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name in all the earth


HYMN
MY HOPE IS IN THE LORD #352

(Played by Pat)




1 .My hope is in the Lord
Who gave Himself for me
And paid the price
Of all my sin at Calvary

Chorus:
For me He died
For me He lives
And everlasting life
And light He freely gives

2 No merit of my own
His anger to suppress
My only hope is found
In Jesus' righteousness
(Chorus)
3 And now for me He stands
Before the Father's throne
He shows His wounded hands
And names me as His own
(Chorus)
4 His grace has planned it all
'Tis mine but to believe
And recognize His work of love
And Christ receive
(Chorus)


SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 5:1-11

5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.


SERMON:

APRIL 18th, 2021: Pastor Ed Scaglione



 

Message: JUSTIFICATION



How can someone be just before God? Justification is one of the key words in the doctrine of salvation. The key verse is Romans 5:1. “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I want us to consider Justification from two different aspects: The meaning of justification and the method of justification.

We begin with the meaning of justification. Let me give you a good definition: “Justification is the gracious act of God in declaring righteous the sinner who believes on Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.” Justification is an act, not a process. No one Christian is more justified than any other Christian. If you are saved and your neighbor is saved, your neighbor and you are justified in the same way, and you have the same righteousness. Justification is not a process, it is an act. Instantly the believer is given a righteous standing before God. Justification is the gracious act of God, it is not something that people do. No amount of self-effort, no amount of good works could ever bring a person to justification. We do not justify ourselves, it is God who justifies us.

Something else is true, justification is unchanging. Once God has declared that we are righteous through Jesus Christ, the sin question is settled once and for all. Justification is not the same as regeneration. Regeneration means being born again. Regeneration gives us new life; justification gives us a new standing. Even a new-born baby has a legal standing before the law. Justification gives us a right standing before God; we are accepted i Jesus Christ. Justification is not the same as forgiveness. If God forgives me, and I go out and sin again, then I need to be forgiven again. But justification settles things permanently, eternally. Justification is not the same as pardon. A pardoned criminal is still a criminal. There is a record of their crimes in a file. Justification removes the guilt, justification changes our standing. Justification means not only that God forgets our sins – past, present, and future – but justification means that God forgets we were ever sinners. He never again treats us as sinners. We are not pardoned criminals, we are not people who have only been forgiven. It is true that pardon is a part of being saved, and so is forgiveness. But justification deals with the sin problem once and for all, giving us a right standing before God. Justification is the gracious act of God in declaring righteous one who believes in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

So what is the method of justification? How can a holy God justify sinners? How can a holy God, as it were, overlook sin? Well, God does not overlook sin; God deals with it. There are four phrases we should mark in our Bibles in the book of Romans, and these four phrases explain to us the method of justification.

Justification comes freely by God’s grace. “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 3:24) How is God able to justify us? He justifies us by grace, not by merit. The word “freely” is translated “without a cause” in John 15:25. We are justified without a cause by His grace. There is nothing in us that makes God want to justify us. Justification is purely an act of God’s grace. Grace means favor that is not deserved and cannot be earned. God justifies the ungodly. “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Rom. 4:5) In the Old Testament, God warned all of the judges that they should justify the righteous and condemn the wicked. (Deut. 25:1) If God did that to you and me, we would all be condemned forever. Why is it that God justifies the ungodly? For the simple reason that there are no godly. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23) “There is none righteous, no not one.” (Rom. 3:10)

Justification comes by faith. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without (apart from) the deeds of the law.” (Rom. 3:28) Not only are we justified by grace, but we are justified by faith. Whenever you have grace, you have to have faith. Whenever you have Law, you have to have works. A person cannot be justified by keeping the Law. “Therefore, by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (not the forgiveness of sin)” (Rom. 3:20) We are justified by faith – faith in Christ, faith that comes from the heart – faith that comes from God. Faith is only as good as its object. Whatever you believe in may be wrong, no matter how sincere you are. Faith in a lie is false security. Faith in the truth is true saving faith. We are justified by faith, not by works; and we are justified by grace, not by human merit.


Justification is by His blood. “Much more than, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Rom. 5:9) Not only are we justified by grace and faith, but we are justified by His blood. Somebody has to pay the price for sin. Justification is not some sort of fictional thing where God says, “I’ll close my eyes and forget that they have sinned.” God in His holiness must deal with sin. In order for God to justify the ungodly, He has to deal with their ungodliness. In order for us to be justified by faith, there has to be a Savior for us to believe in. We are justified by His blood. “Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised for (on account of) our justification.” (Rom. 4:25) Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He bore the penalty. Now God can be just and the justifier of those who believe in Christ. The Devil comes along and says, “How can you declare this sinner righteous? God say, “By the blood of Jesus Christ.” What about the sinner’s sin? Jesus Christ died for those sins, and they have been taken care of. We are justified by grace, not by human merit. We are justified by faith, not by works of the Law. We are justified by His blood because Christ died for us.

And justification is unto life. “Therefore as by the offense of one (Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (Jesus Christ) the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” (Rom. 5:18) That’s a marvelous phrase – a justification which results in life. We are justified unto life. Justification is not just something God does on His books. Justification results in a new standing and a new life. That new life is the result of regeneration. But justification makes possible our union with Christ, and this union is described in Romans 5:1-5. It is a life of peace and glory and joy. Have you put your faith in Jesus Christ? What are you trusting in? Are you trusting your church? That will not save you. Are you trusting your good works? That will not save you. We are justified by grace, not human merit. We are justified by faith, not works of the Law, including religious works. We are justified by His blood; He paid the price. This is a justification to life; we enter into a whole new life. Lord willing, next time we will examine the marks of justification and see what happens to the life of the person who trusts Jesus as their Lord and Savior.


Prayer


We praise Thee, O Lord, for Your plan of salvation. Thank You, Lord, for justifying the lost and giving us the righteousness of Christ. We praise Thee, Lord, that we do not stand in Thy presence in our own righteousness but in the righteousness of Christ. We praise Thee, Lord that justification is not something we do but that which You do for us. We praise and thank You for Your free grace, for giving us to faith to believe, that we are justified by the blood of Jesus Christ and our justification is unto life.
May our study in Thy Word continue to bless our hearts and draw us closer to Thee. We intercede for those who are lost. We pray for their salvation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

If you don't know Christ as your Savior, I beg you to read the gospel presentation by clicking on the link below. Ask God to open your heart and your mind, so that you can come to know Christ as your Savior.


WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

WhatMustIDoToBeSaved



THE SOLID ROCK #423 (played by Pat)


My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
Refrain
: On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil. (Refrain)

1. His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay. (Refrain)

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne. (Refrain)


Prayer


Thank you, Father, for giving us Your Son and Holy Spirit. Freely gifting them to and for and unholy soul that warred against you. But then, You gifted us a wonderful moment of belief. A sure belief in your Son’s sure death paying for all our sins once and for all. We now have peace with our very Creator that we never had nor could have before. Our soul is now truly Yours, Father. Hallelujah! We give thanks and praise in Christ the Redeemer‘s name. Amen.
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