Sermon on Romans 3:9-20 – "Where the Law Leads Us"

Preached on Feb. 18, 2018 at Dillingham Presbyterian Church
I preached this sermon on short notice and so went mostly without notes. Since I don’t have full notes to post here in my continuing series on Romans, I figured I would just post a outline of the passage using some elements a technique we learned in seminary called “syntactical-logical” flow which is meant to help show a visual presentation of the text.
9 What then, are we better?
We are not in any way
for we have before proved both Jew and Greek are all under sin.
10As it is written,
that there is none righteous,
not one.
11 There is none who understands,
there is none who seeks out God.
12 All go out of their way,
together they become unprofitable,
there is none that does good,
not even one.
13An open grave is their throat,
with their tongues they have used deceit,
the poison of asps is under their lips.
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.
15 Swift are their feet to shed blood.
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways.
17 And the way of peace they have not known.
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know that whatsoever the laws says,
it says to those in the law
that every mouth may be stopped
and all the world may become guilty before God.
out of the works of the law no flesh is made righteous in his sight.
From this passage I preached on these three points:
I. None is Righteous
II. The Law has its Purposes
III. Knowledge of sin prepares us to the Gospel