The Glory of God in the Gospel of God: Preaching the Book of Romans (ch. 7)
by J. Aaron White
I blush to post this series of blogs. Men of much greater intellectual and spiritual stature than I have masterfully unpacked Paul's magnum opus, the Book of Romans. Yet I experienced the joy (and headache) of preaching through Romans for over four years to a local congregation. I realize that four years is a paltry attempt compared to the likes of Lloyd-Jones or Piper, but I tried nonetheless.
What follows is my attempt to help you, fellow preacher, bring your flock joyfully, soundly, and Christ-exaltingly through the Book of Romans. The sermon outlines provided are in no way meant to bind your conscience. If you feel that your exegesis is clearer and more faithful to the text, please use your own!
(Romans 7:1-6) We Belong to Another: The Fruit of Love in Our Marriage to Christ
Main Point: For sinners, being under the law is bondage. Therefore, we are...
I. Ruled by the law unless we die (vv. 1-3)
II. Released from the law when we are remarried (v. 4)
III. Roused to sin and death by the law (v. 5)
IV. Resigned to fruitless slavery until we have the Spirit (v. 6)
(Romans 7:7-12) Good Law, Bad Hearts pt. 1: How Sin Uses the Law to Kill Us
Main Point: Apart from union with Christ, God's law proves lethal. Therefore, we must understand that...
I. The law is not sin (v. 7a)
II. The law awakens sin (vv. 7b-8)
III. The law is used by sin (vv. 9-12)
(Romans 7:13-20) Good Law, Bad Hearts pt. 2: The Futility of the Flesh
Main Point: The law of God reveals the inability of those in the flesh to save themselves. Therefore, the law magnifies the...
I. Sinfulness of sin (v. 13)
II. Depth of sin (vv. 14-15)
III. Dominance of sin (vv. 16-17)
IV. Mastery of sin (vv. 18-20)
(Romans 7:21-25) Good Law, Bad Hearts pt. 3: The Cry of the Convicted Sinner
Main Point: God's good and holy law drives convicted sinners to the foot of the cross. Therefore, the gospel demands that we...
I. Accept the verdict (vv. 21-23)
II. Confess the truth (v. 24)
III. Receive the Savior (v. 25)