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Totally Abandoned To The Gospel

Romans 1:14-16
(RA-2041, Program: 0217, Air date: 01.08.17)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. The Apostle Paul, who wrote the book of Romans, was totally abandoned to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    2. Paul was motivated by three “I am’s:”
      1. Romans 1:14 - “I am debtor”
      2. Romans 1:15 - “I am ready”
      3. Romans 1:16 - “I am not ashamed”
    3. Paul implored us to follow him as he followed Christ.
      1. 1 Corinthians 11:1
    4. Acts 9:5-6
      1. When Paul met the Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus, he asked the Lord two questions:
        1. “Who are you, Lord?”
        2. “What would you have me to do?”
    5. Knowing who Jesus is, knowing what He would have us to do and then following Him correctly are key if we are to understand life’s meaning.
    6. Paul’s example in Romans 1 shows us what it means to be totally abandoned to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. PAUL WAS FAITHFUL TO THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE GOSPEL  (Romans 1:14)
    1. We are debtors to the Lord Jesus Christ.
      1. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
      2. We are debtors to the One who gave Himself for us.
        1. This is not about trying to pay for our salvation; we can never earn salvation. Jesus has paid the price in full.
        2. This reflects our love for our Lord by our surrender and service to Him.
    2. We are debtors to the heroes of the past.
      1. Acts 7-8
      2. Paul was present during the stoning of Stephen.
      3. Paul held the clothing of those who stoned Stephen, the first Christian missionary.
      4. Paul had a debt to Stephen, the one he helped to kill; and he had a debt to the Old Testament prophets who were massacred for the cause of Christ.
      5. We, too, are debtors to those who have gone before us.
    3. We are debtors to those around us.
      1. Romans 1:14
      2. In this passage, Paul is referring to all people, regardless of education, status, wealth, age, etc.
      3. Paul is saying that everyone needs to know Jesus.
        1. Matthew 10:8
      4. We have been blessed, and now we have a responsibility to be a blessing to others by sharing with them the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  3. PAUL WAS FLEXIBLE FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES OF THE GOSPEL  (Romans 1:15)
    1. Because we are debtors, we have to be ready to live for and serve Jesus Christ.
    2. Paul was ready to live for Jesus.
      1. Philippians 1:15
      2. Paul was such a great witness for the Lord Jesus because he was also part of the evidence.
        1. Is there anything different about my life?
        2. We are not ready to live for Christ if we are not ready to die for Christ.
          1. 1 Corinthians 15:31
          2. Acts 20:24
          3. This does not mean that we want to die, but are we ready?
          4. The Apostle Paul was in love with life and, yet, not afraid to die.
      3. Are we ready to stay or to go for Jesus?
  4. PAUL WAS FEARLESS AT THE OPPOSITION TO THE GOSPEL  (Romans 1:16)
    1. Paul was not fearful of or intimidated by the opposition to the Gospel, and there was much opposition to the Gospel in Rome during Paul’s day.
    2. Paul was not ashamed of the person of the Gospel.
      1. Romans 1:16
      2. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was identified with a poor, Jewish carpenter who was crucified.
        1. The Romans had no appreciation for the Jews, especially for a carpenter who was crucified.
        2. The Romans had no respect for a Gospel coming out of Jerusalem. Why should Rome listen to anything that came out of a conquered city?
        3. Rome was known for the great philosophers of the day, and the Christians were not part of the elite. Yet, Paul was bold for the Lord Jesus.
        4. We should be open and bold for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    3. Paul was not ashamed of the purpose of the Gospel.
      1. Romans 1:16
      2. There is no greater business or occupation than sharing the Gospel of Christ.
      3. The Gospel is not intended to save civilization from wreckage, but to save people from the wreckage of civilization.
      4. Luke 19:10
      5. Mark 8:36
      6. How could we be ashamed of the Gospel when the power of the Gospel is the only thing that can give hope to a dying world? Without the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no hope.
    4. Paul was not ashamed of the power of the Gospel.
      1. Romans 1:16
      2. The Greek word for “power” used in this passage is the term we get our English word “dynamite” from.
      3. There is nothing more powerful than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    5. Paul was not ashamed of the plan of the Gospel.
      1. Romans 1:16
      2. The plan of the Gospel is for everyone who believes.
        1. John 3:16
        2. God’s plan is that anyone, anywhere, anytime can come to Jesus Christ in repentance and faith and be saved.
  5. CONCLUSION
    1. Salvation is not found in the philosophies of this world. Salvation cannot be gained through science or education. Salvation is found only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
    2. Do you know Jesus?
      1. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    3. Romans 10:9-10
    4. Romans 10:13
Posted by dave hare at 12:00 AM

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