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Summary: Paul’s incredible letter to the church in Rome begins with an explanation of who he is, and an encouragement that he desires to visit and work alongside them.

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Romans, Part 1

Romans 1:1-13

Introduction

- Paul is writing this letter to the church in Rome, to the believers living there

- Paul is writing this letter in about AD 57

- At this time he is actually in Corinth (in Greece), teaching the church there

- He is writing because he desires to visit the church here; to fellowship with them

- When the church was founded is not certain, but this letter is to followers

- Chapter 16 identifies several that could have helped found the church

- But the important part to note is that the church IS alive in Rome here

- The membership of the church consisted of both Gentiles and Jews.

-- Several verses tell us that Gentiles are in the church (1:5, 6:13, 11:13)

-- Several verses tell us that Jews are in the church (2:17, 4:1, Ch. 9-11)

-- Importance is that all in the church are dedicated to following Christ!

- IMP APP: This letter is NOT a rebuke to the church; but an encouragement

- Rev Fred Bishop: “The book of Romans is the Gospel according to Paul!”

- Beginning today, I pray that we would read, learn, and study together this book

- There are many challenges the church faces, all of which are addressed here

- Because they are addressed … we can KNOW how to overcome and survive

- IMP APP: The only way to overcome is through Christ; this book strengthens

- Stand and read Romans 1:1-13 / Pray

Point 1 – Paul is a servant of Christ

If one is a servant, he has NO freewill; you are enslaved to the master

- Old Testament; “servant” meant prophet/witness God

- Jer 7:25, “From the time your ancestors left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again I sent you my servants the prophets.”

- APP: Today, you and I are called to be servants in the same manner

- To be a bond servant means that we no longer belong to ourselves

-- It means that our will is NOT important; and we submit totally to the Master

-- The Lord Jesus Christ, fully man/fully God died to redeem you; will you serve?

- A few weeks ago we agreed that everyone on this Earth needs the Gospel

- We also agreed that no one gets out of life alive … and Jesus is the need

- So, as servants of His – we MUST be willing to send the Gospel out, always

- When conflicted about how to present Jesus to others, here is the way:

- Re-read verses 3 and 4

- Paul writes about two very important things regarding Jesus:

-- 1) Fully human in His ancestry (Matthew 1)

-- 2) Fully God in His divinity

Isa 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Matthew 1:23, Jesus is called “Immanuel” … which means “God with us”

John 8:58, “I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!”

- He has come to fulfill the prophecies of the entire OT; and we must know this!

VERY IMPORTANT: CHURCH FOCUS: GRACE IS THE KEY TO MINISTRY

Verse 5 – Paul has received Grace through Christ, just as we have today

- The Grace that Paul has received MOVED him into ministry

- APP: The challenge is what has it done for you and I? Have we been moved?


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