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Oct 8, 2017

Romans 5:1-5

By faith in Christ we are declared not guilty before God and we are at peace with God Verse 1

By faith we stand in grace Verse 2

Don’t use today’s mercy on tomorrow’s uncertainty

Rejoice!  God is at work for His glory Verse 2

Rejoice! God is working in you as you suffer Verse 3

We have been warned to expect suffering John 16:1-4, 33, Romans 8:16-18


The reality of the press is often unbearable Verse 3


Our response is to stand under the press Verse 3


In faith and by grace cling to the promises of God as you stand under the press John 16:33, Romans 8:28, 1 John 1:9, Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 118:6


Don’t suffer alone


Christ-like character grows in us as we stand under the press Verse 4 2 Corinthians 12:8-10


God often times works through our suffering not to deliver us from the suffering, but to deliver us into Christ-likeness


Christ-like character results in more hope Verse 4 Romans 8:24-25


Our hope is affirmed by God’s love Verse 5


Continually returning to God in your suffering for strength, hope, comfort and direction will result in a Christ-likeness others will see in us.