Summary: The Good News of Jesus has saved us. How precious it is! Now we can continue the chain and pass it on to others. Parts: A. Cherish it in faith. B. Share it with others.

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Text: Romans 10:13-17

Theme: Only the Message of Christ Saves

A. Cherish it in faith

B. Share it with others

Season: Epiphany 5c

Date: February 7, 2010

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Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. The Word from God through which the Holy Spirit stirs our hearts is Romans 10:13-17

"For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then shall they call on him whom they have not believed? How shall they believe him whom they have not heard? How shall they hear without someone preaching? And how shall they preach unless they have been sent? Just as it stands written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who announce Good News."

"But not everyone has listened to the Good News. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?" So faith comes from what's heard, and what's heard comes through the word of Christ." (Romans 10:13-17)

Dear friends in Christ, fellow saints washed clean in the blood of our risen Savior:

How do you get a message out? This evening for $2.5 million or more you could have gotten a 30-second message out to 80 million or more Americans, unless they're refilling their snack bowls in the kitchen during your commercial break. That's the low end price for adds during the Super Bowl tonight.

We live in an age that specializes in getting messages out. Creative artists meld sight and sound to grab attention. Others seek to make us laugh so that we remember the product. Still others push the edge of shock, crudeness, or obscenity to leave a permanent impression in our psyche.

But all this hype does not change the basic way you get a message out. By you telling it and someone else hearing it. That's one of the links in Paul's chain of rhetorical questions: "How can they hear without someone preaching to them?" (Romans 10:14 NIV). You need a teller or preacher and a hearer.

The Apostle though was not laying out an add campaign as he wrote these words. Rather he was talking about the most important message of all. The Gospel. The Good News of Christ. The message of forgiveness and eternal life through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God. That message brings faith, faith that saves. Only the message of Christ saves. That's the theme to take to heart. May the Holy Spirit through his Word lead each of us to cherish that message in faith and to share it with others.

A. Cherish it in faith

1. Why is the message of Christ so vital?

Take to heart, dear friends, why this message of Christ is so vital. Verse 13 sums it up "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:13 NIV). Mark well those last three words: "will be saved." We're talking about the difference between salvation and damnation, paradise and perdition, bliss and bane. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, and those who do not are lost, damned. They go to hell.

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