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Summary: Paul charges the Jews in Rome to show them how much God cares about His creation; even to the point of repeatedly extending His hand of mercy to all that would hear the Gospel, including the obstinate and disobedient.

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Romans, Part 33

Romans 10:16-21

Introduction

- Each of us has some portion of the Gospel ministry; even today in 2011

-- As Paul writes to the church in Rome, he’s telling them to get out and do it

-- He is not sugar coating, but getting them to examine their calling MUCH deeper

- We are each called to respond … to minister … to witness … to deliver

- It is the output of Grace: We take Grace in; and out comes its testimony

- Stand and read Romans 10:16-21 / Pray

Point 1 – Isaiah asks, “Who has believed? (16-19)

- Seeking confirmation

- Looking for assurance

-- Preachers see this now and wonder if others are hearing the Word

- APP: Faith is built on hearing; we must proclaim it for others to hear it!

- Critical question then is, “Did others grow in Faith?”

-- Consider all that have preached the Word since the beginning of time

-- Prophets, Believers, Jesus, Disciples, Pastors …

-- Did they hear? Absolutely!

- TRANS: From this, others grow in faith

Point 2 – Why didn’t Israel understand? (19-20)

- Moses: Others will desire to draw closer

- Isaiah: God’s revelation comes to all (even those who DON’T seek Him)

- APP: God still seeks us; all; to come to the cross and be healed

- His hand is STILL extended (even to those who turn away)

- Paul’s word choice:

-- Disobedient: refusal to obey

-- Obstinate: Stubbornly adhering to your own opinion

- APP: Even in all of this … God STILL calls out to us

-- He still desires us to turn to Him and to seek Him out in all things

Conclusion

- How much do we need to turn to Him?

-- Psalm 31:14-16, “But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.”

- Pray

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