Summary: Prophets, missionaries, ministerial workers and teachers, not to mention just your average mature Christian, are well aware of the POWER LINE that is found in Romans 1:1-5.
Series Title: The Line in the Sand
Message Title: The Power Line
Scripture: Romans 1:3-5
Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God — 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.
I love a good fiction story. Give me a good fiction from Ted Dekker, Randy Alcorn, or Frank Perritti and I could have a very comfortable and relaxing evening. I also love good books on many Christian subjects. I’ll pick up a book from any one of those authors I just mentioned and probably buy it without even reading or knowing what it’s about. Or, for other authors, such as Swindoll, Zacharias, MacArthur, Spurgeon, Murray, or Jeremiah, I’ll quickly scan the back cover [just to see if it’s a subject I’m interested in], and may buy it without even reading a sample chapter. Why is that? I already know those authors. I’m acquainted with their biographies and their testimonies, so I’m not worried about them being too far off base.
I’m sure many of you are the same way. You all have authors that you agree with, so you read their books. You have authors that you know and like, so you read their books. You have authors that you believe in, so, of course, you read their books.
So let me ask this question… Why don’t more people read the Bible? Is it because they disagree with the Author? Is it because they don’t know the Author? Is it because they don’t believe in the Author?
Let’s go a little further.
Don’t you love spending time with people that you really like and can fellowship with… [read: agree with my way of thinking?] Do you like taking walks in parks with close friends? Do you like spending what may seem to some, an excessive amount of time in good, meaningful conversation with someone?
So, with that said, why, in some churches, do people rush right out the door as soon as church is over? Is it possible to miss lunch just one day and sit down and talk?
Let’s dig even deeper. Let’s cut right to the marrow…
Our lives are so crowded and busy with doing, that we miss out on fellowship, one of the essential ingredients to healthy living. Our schedules are, in my thinking, purposefully crammed so full and so active that, deep down, we knowingly miss out on the important ‘something’ while we’re “fellowshipping.” And, when we do get together in fellowship with someone, we fashion it around an event, such as lunch, dinner, or Bible study. Don’t get me wrong, eating and Bible study are good for you. But, don’t you long to just sit on the couch and have a good talk with about four or five people that you really don’t know that much about? Instead, we’ve gone the opposite direction.