This sermon is the second of four sermons exploring the role of the public means of grace in the renewal of the Christian mind. This doctrinal sermon addresses the nature and place of the ordinances in Christian worship, focusing mostly upon the ordinances of communion. Communion is a means of grace as God uses the partaking of the elements to remind us of and nourish us with the truths of Christ’s sacrifice, the blessings of our salvation, and the hope set before us.
Does the fact that God’s grace superabounds wherever sin increases basically serve as an invitation to glorify God through willful sinning? Some people might think so, and so the Apostle Paul answers such questions and accusations here in Romans 6. In the first four verses, we find his response to legalists and antinomians alike as he teaches us the practical implications of our union with Christ.
Sometimes people can mistakenly think that they are ‘saved’ because of some outward ritual or sign. There are many groups and denominations that even teach this heresy. But according to the Scriptures, we are saved by grace through faith — not by baptism, not by church membership, not even by our obedience to forms and rituals and laws. As we explore Paul’s argument to his Jewish brethren regarding circumcision, he affirms this critical truth: justification is by faith in Christ alone.