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The Fellowship of the Unashamed


Sermon shared by Aaron Burgess

August 2005
Summary: This is is our first sermon in a series on the book of Romans. We used the first chapter 1:1-17 to introduce Paul as the author and describe the climate of Rome and how the gospel of Jesus Christ was received in that day.
Series: Romans
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Audience: General adults
The Book of Romans
Message #1 September 4, 2005
Romans 1:1-17
The Fellowship of the Unashamed

We begin today a tour through the book of Romans. Martin Luther described Romans as "the chief book of the New Testament ... it deserves to be known by heart, word for word, by every Christian."

So we are encouraging you to read through the book of Romans and as a church we want become immersed in this very important book of the Bible. We are going to have a small group Bible study that will be going through the book of Romans that will meet twice a month and you are welcome to attend and go through a discussion group on Romans.

So if you have your Bibles turn them to Romans Chapter 1 starting with verse 1 and let’s dig in. If you don’t have a Bible that’s okay the verses will be on the screen. But we want you to bring your own Bible each week and place it on your lap and read it along as we teach…

Verse 1, Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God --

The book of Romans was written by the apostle Paul in 57 A.D, about 20 years after the death of Jesus Christ. Over 25% of the New Testament was written by this guy named Paul.

Paul’s Jewish name was Sh’aul (pronounced Sha-ool) or Saul.

In Acts 22:3 we read Paul describing himself to a group of people in Jerusalem. “"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. Under Gamaliel I was thoroughly trained in the law of our fathers and was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. 4I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, 5as also the high priest and all the Council can testify. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.”

We learn some facts from those verses about Paul. {Map of Tarsus}Paul tell us that he was from Tarsus which is a major city in Asia Minor or in Turkey. Paul was also a member of the Pharisees. The Pharisees were a group or sect of religious teachers in Israel. The word Pharisee literally means “separated or set apart.”

The Pharisees were strict adherents of something called the Torah. The Torah was the Jewish law given by God or Yaweh to Moses. The Torah consists of the Ten Commandments and the first five books of the Old Testament.

• Genesis (Bereishit áøàùéú),
• Exodus (Shemot ùîåú),
• Leviticus (Vayikra åé÷øà),
• Numbers (Bemidbar áîãáø) and
• Deuteronomy (Devarim ãáøéí)

The word Torah is usually translated in your Bible as law. Anytime you read the word law in the book of Romans I want to you also think of Torah. The Torah was referred to by the Pharisees as “the way, the truth and the life.” The Pharisees were consumed with obeying the Torah. They believed that the only way to God was by obeying the commandments of Torah. Ironically Jesus Christ in John chapter 14 refers to himself as the way, truth and the life! So Saul or Paul was a Pharisee who believed that the law or that Torah was the way, the truth and the life and by strictly obeying Torah he could be made right with God.

Paul was personally TAUGHT BY A RABBI OR TEACHER NAMED GAMLIEL, who was himself a Pharisee and the head of the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin was a group of 51 religious leaders who
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