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Summary: Part 3 of a 5-part sermon. Paul related to the Christian church in Rome, his keen sense of spiritual indebtedness. This sense of indebtedness drives the emissary/delegate/messenger of God. Spiritual indebtedness drives God’s messenger to...

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THE DRIVING FORCE OF SPIRITUAL DEBT-III—Romans 1:8-17

Need:

Debt causes many Americans to work at things they never intended to give themselves to.

That is why retirement is sought & defended so vehemently by Americans.

We spend our lives working off our debt—at anything that is financially profitable—Oblivious to our spiritual indebtedness.

Paul related to the Christian church in Rome, his keen sense of spiritual indebtedness.

This sense of indebtedness drives the emissary/delegate/messenger of God.

To What does a keen sense of spiritual indebtedness drive the Christian?

12 products of a keen sense of spiritual indebtedness.

Spiritual indebtedness drives God’s messenger to...

1. GRATITUDE(:8)

2. HONESTY(:9a)

3. SERVICE(:9b)

4. PRAYER(:9c)

5. CONTACT(:10)

6. GIVING(:11)

7. BUILDING / CONCERN(:11-12, 13c)

“Apostle”—See:1—?????????—A delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders.

8—Spiritual indebtedness drives God’s messenger to...

SUSTAINED REVELATION(:13a)

—Explanation:(:13a)

:13—“Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.”

“Unaware/Ignorant”—??????—to be ignorant, not to know; Not to understand, unknown; To err or sin through mistake, to be wrong.

Rom. 11:25—“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”

1Cor. 10:1-4—“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud & in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, & all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, & that Rock was Christ.”

1Cor. 12:1—“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:”

1Thess. 4:13—“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.”

—Argumentation:

Deut. 29:29—““The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us & to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

Prov. 29:18(NKJV)—“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.”

Prov. 29:18(KJV)—“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

Ps. 98:2—“The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.”

Isa. 40:2-5—““Speak comfort to Jerusalem, & cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the LORD’S hand Double for all her sins.” The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain & hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.””


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