Summary: We have been given a message for the world. We are a company of believers set apart from the rest of the world in order to share this message with them. We are called to a stewardship of the Gospel.
The Gospel, Our Message Romans 1:1-7
Romans Series (Part 1)
Sermon by Don Emmitte, Grace Restoration Ministries
Today we begin a study one of the most important books in the Bible. In the prologue of the 1534 edition of his English New Testament, William Tyndale calls the letter to the Romans “the principal and most excellent part of the New Testament” and “an introduction unto all the Old Testament.” There are two reasons for such a broad statement. First, Romans is the most thorough statement of the gospel that God has given us; and, second, it draws together the whole intent of the Old Testament.
Tyndale goes on to say, “No man verily can read it too oft or study it too well: for the more groundly it is searched the preciouser things are found in it, so great treasure of spiritual things lieth hid therein.” Our beginning this exposition will be a journey taking us into the depths of the heart of the Apostle Paul and the mind of God. It is a book with tremendous application for all Christians everywhere!
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Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, to all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:1-7 ESV).
Paul Harvey once was quoted as saying: “Too many Churches have become keepers of the aquarium instead of fishermen.” We have been given a message for the world. We are a company of believers set apart from the rest of the world in order to share this message with them. We are called to a stewardship of the Gospel. That Gospel is the news that while we are worse than we ever dared to believe; Jesus is better than we ever dared to hope!
Paul understood this stewardship in a very personal way. He begins his letter to the Church at Rome introducing himself as “a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the Gospel of God.” The verb translated “separated” is a word that literally means “to mark off from a boundary.” God is the subject of the verb which means this is an act of God’s sovereign will. He had set Paul aside, marked him out from mankind permanently so that he might share the gospel with others. He was given a task of great importance, an appointment with great responsibility. The message is of vital importance to the world. In these first verses of the letter, the Apostle Paul points out to the Roman Church the importance of understanding this message.