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Justified by Faith

Romans 3:21-28

March 8, 2009 • Dr. Timothy Keller • Series: The Bible: The Whole Story: Redemption and Restoration

Justification is not merely an abstract theological concept. It is the sense of approval and belonging that every person desires. Justification is more than having our sins forgiven. Justification means that in God's eyes, we are given Jesus' perfect record. We are treated as if we had lived the perfect life that Jesus lived. We are given the love that Jesus deserved. We have the same access to the Father that Jesus did. The good news is that all of this comes not from our doing anything, but simply by faith.

Two Men With Money

2 Kings 5:13-19, Luke 19:5-10 • October 21, 2001 • Dr. Timothy Keller

Meeting with God and grasping the grace he freely gives us changes our relationship to our money, possessions, and career. When we see that salvation cannot be earned or gained through hard work, we are freed from the idolatry of wealth. When we experience this freedom, we can give with spontaneity and joy.

Predestination

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 • April 20, 1997 • Dr. Timothy Keller

Predestination teaches that God doesn’t love us because we’re lovely; God loves us with a love that makes us lovely. Intriguingly, the apostle Paul uses the seemingly problematic doctrine of predestination in order to heal divisions in the Corinthian church. When we realize that we contributed nothing to our salvation – that even our faith is a gift from God – we can become humble men and women that boast only in the cross of Christ. It is only when we make that boast and cease boasting in ourselves that we can become true agents of healing and reconciliation.

The Gospel

Isaiah 53:4-11; 54:1-5, 11-14 • September 25, 2005 • Dr. Timothy Keller

The gospel is not moral conformity, which is religion, nor is it self-discovery, which is secularism. The gospel is something else altogether — a grid through which we see the world. There are three results of the gospel: the restructuring of our hearts, the removal of our sin, and the reversal of our values.