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Romans 4:1-25

This study is part of our series of verse by verse studies of Romans, the 45th book in the Bible. Taught by our pastor, Simeon Forder, at our Sunday morning service on the 26th February 2023.

About this book

This letter from Paul to the church in Rome is one of his longest (only 1 Corinthians being similar in length), and in it we find the basis of much if not all Christian doctrine. Considered a literary masterpiece, even by some non-Christians, this letter describes the human condition of sin, our need for salvation, and the way in which we can be saved – through faith alone in God alone. But further, it explains Israel’s place in Christian teaching, and overs multiple chapters dedicated to Christian living.

About this study

The first 8 verses of chapter four underline that we are justified by faith, and faith alone – using Abraham and David as examples, while verses 9-15 return to Abraham as an example, showing how he was justified by faith way before the law was ever given to his descendants. Then from verse 16 to the end, we see how Abraham’s faith in God’s work was counted as righteousness, as a shadow or preview of how we also would be and are indeed saved by faith in what God has done for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. If this chapter could be summarised in two words, it is “by faith”.

Application questions

  • Are you trying to earn your salvation by your works, or are you saved by faith?
  • Do you take God at His Word? Do you believe all He says?
  • How might God use your trials for your good, or the benefit of others?


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