Our pastor is teaching through the book of Romans this year in church. Thank goodness because there is a lot to learn from the book of Romans.
One thing he articulated while teaching through Romans 4 (an explanation of how Abraham was justified by faith alone) last weekend that I've been thinking about all week is this:
There is credible historical evidence for the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And we could debate that and discuss it if you'd like. But once you've examined the evidence, you'd see the proof for those events. And believing the proof for that isn't really faith. However, I can't prove to you that what God says about Jesus' death & resurrection - that God accepts Jesus' blood as payment for your sin and it covers the debt completely and God therefore declares you righteous - I can't prove that part to you is true. That part, you have to believe by faith.
faith-filled (and excited for Romans 5),
p.s. click here to link to the page where you can listen to or download the sermons from the series so far