Sermon Outline On Romans 5:1-5
To boast. It means to speak with excessive pride. Something that we have all done and do from time to time. We boast at making good grades, boast about the new home or car we buy. We boast about our children or grandchildren and their accomplishments. We like to admit and talk about the things that we are proud of in our lives. And, the vast majority of the time that is ok. Now, let me ask you this. When was the last time that you boasted that Jesus died on the cross for you, that He saved you from your sins, or boasted about your church? When was the last time you boasted about your faith in such a way that another person would want to know more about your faith?
The Book of Romans talks to us today about our faith in Christ ‘“ and the Holy Trinity. And, our willingness to boast in our faith. And, the only reason we have to boast is because we are ‘justified’, we are saved, by our faith in Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection for us! All that we have we owe to the fact that Jesus was willing to die for our sins and to defeat sin and death. We have so much to be grateful for and we need to be willing to take great pride in that and to never be ashamed of our faith. Only through Christ have we received this glorious gift of grace and love. Paul then goes on to say, ‘and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God’.
We boast first and foremost because God is our creator who has blessed us with our lives and we are created in His Image. Secondly, we boast in God because of the gift of His Son Jesus Christ who died for our sins and was resurrected from the dead so that you and I can have the gift of eternal life. Thirdly, we boast in the Holy Spirit that comes from God and is hear to lead us, direct us, love us, teach us and call us into accountability. All of our hope comes to us through the Trinity. Our boasting of the blessings in our life need to be given to God in the ways that God so deeply and richly cares for us.
Even when we are in the most difficult of times we can boast in our hope of knowing that God is greater then all the trials on this earth. Sometimes that is hard to say though when you are in the midst of suffering. Paul is very clear though when he also tells us to boast in our sufferings. However, listen to this. We are not boasting because we are suffering. Some of Paul’s boasting was such in his day. That was because a lot of his suffering – his time spent in jail and stonings, came as a result of his testimony to His faith in Christ. He was willing to risk these sufferings for the sake of spreading the Gospel.
But, what about the sufferings we have in our day-to-day world? Some of our suffering is devastating and there does not seem to be anything to boast about. Whenever I think about this I look to the cross. Jesus did not boast about being on the cross or dying in such a cruel way. There is nothing to boast about in relation to that or any kind of suffering. However, what Jesus did boast about was that God could take something so cruel and inhumane and transform it into the most powerful instrument of faith and grace. Christ died for our sins on that cross. God’s resurrection of Jesus transformed the cross from an instrument of death into an instrument of life. Christ was willing to do this for us because Jesus knew that God could make something greater come out of the suffering and something good come out of the suffering if He only trusted God. Jesus had his moments of despair on the cross as He cried out, ‘My God, my God why has though forsaken me’. Yet, even in His despair and suffering He trusted God and gave His spirit to God.
Sometimes it is hard to find but if we look for God we find grace. Each of you has your own story of suffering and hardships that you have had in your life. Have you invited God’s grace into those moments? Have you welcomed God to transform those sufferings into moments where you know God’s presence and that you are not alone?
‘We boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us’. Hope does not disappoint us! When we hope in God and all that God has in store for us our hope will not be disappointed. ‘Because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us’.
What a beautiful image. God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Picture that vase filled with water pouring into your heart filled with love until it is overflowing. That living water that God wants you to thrive on in for your life.
Think of the Trinity in this way. Look at a stream: the water rises from a source, but usually that source is hidden, the source of the stream is like God the Father, the stream which we can see and touch is like God the Son, visible because it flows from the one who sends Him, but the water as it flows into the fields, irrigating the plants and giving them life, allowing them to bring forth a harvest is like the Holy Spirit.
Do you want to boast about life? Boast about in the name of Jesus our Lord who is here with us yesterday, today and tomorrow. Thanks be to God. Amen.