It's been said that you have to hear the bad news first for the good news to make sense. I'm not sure I always agree with that, but it is clear that for the Apostle Paul, he does this in his letter to the Romans. He spends chapters 1-3 reminding them of their need for Christ, chapter 4 how to access Christ through faith alone, and now into chapter 5, he begins a journey of all the wonderful benefits and joys of having Christ's righteousness applied to us by faith. With such gloriously good news, how should we as the church respond? That's what we'll see this week as we explore Romans 5:1-2 to see how "Rejoicing in the Hope of God" is key to our Christian walk.