Summary: A look at how the Apostle Paul's book of Romans is the Good News we need to hear today.
The Good News (Part 2)
“God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.” Romans 1:2
Intro: Last week’s sermon was on the Good News in book of Romans. We focused on three people in church history whose lives were changed by the writings of Paul in the book of Romans and how those three went on to transform the world and the church as we know it. St. Augustine, Martin Luther, and John Wesley. We talked about how the Good News of the Book of Romans changes and transforms me and you.
Today we are going to look the positive influence we can have on others because of the Good News of Romans and how that gives us the ability, the talent, the skill and the courage to obey the “Great Commission” of making disciples as we share and witness our faith in Jesus Christ. Let’s begin as we think about what prompted the Letter to the Romans to be written in the first place?
The apostle Paul spent ten years from 47 AD to 57 AD in intensive evangelism and discipleship in the territories bordering the Aegean Sea in what is today modern Greece and Turkey. During those years he systematically, with a well thought out planning concentrated his mission work on the Roman provinces of Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia. Along the main roads of these provinces and in their principal cities. Paul preached the gospel and planted churches. Paul took the last words of Jesus serious. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
This is still the mission and purpose of the church today. Google United Methodist Church Mission and you find. “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” And a very similar mission statement for Southern Baptist on the Great Commission.
So Paul wrote the Book of Romans to tell us about his efforts of evangelism and encourage the churches to continue the work of sharing the Good News. New faith community were planted in Iconium, Philippi, Thessalonica, Corinth and Ephesus and churches in many other cities around those four provinces.
Then he left behind spiritual leaders and Elders. Of course under the direction of the Holy Spirit to do the work of discipleship, the work of teaching and training of how to be a follower of Jesus Christ and then grow in faith to become mature enough to also share the gospel of the Good News to others.
Even though the apostle Paul had completed three missionary journeys during the ten years from 47 to 57 AD, his work was by no means finished. During the winter of 56-57 AD, while on the last part of his third (and final) missionary journey, Paul spent time in Corinth at the home of his friend and new convert Gaius, he looked forward to a visit which had to be paid to Jerusalem in the immediate future.