What Do You Think Of The Gospel?      Rom. 1-5, 8-17     Sept. 04, 2005
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    Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel,” and then gave the reasoning “because it is the power of God for salvation.”What is our testimony about the gospel?When you, with some regularity, see lives changed by the power of the gospel, and know your life has been changed by the gospel; you, like Paul, testify of your pleasure in the gospel.
 

1.    What Do You Think Of The Gospel?   I Have . . Pride In the Gospel.  1:1-4

    A.    Pride In the . . Call.  1:1 a

        "Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle . . .
    B.   Pride In the . . Control.   1:1 b - 4
        ". . . and singled out for God's good news- 2 "which He promised long ago through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures- 3 concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh 4 and was established as the powerful Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness.
        1.    The Control of the . . Singling.    1:1 b

            "    "    . . . and singled out for God's good news-

Illustration

A Newspaper man said “the newspapers made Billy Graham. A wise man answered, “Let's see them make another one.”
        2.    The Control of the. . Scriptures.    1:2
        3.    The Control of the. . Sonship.    1:3 - 4 a
        4.    The Control of the. . Spirit of Holiness.    1:4 b
    C.    Pride In the . . Converting.    1:5

        5 We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all the nations, on behalf of His name,

        1.    The . . Gifting for the Converting.  v 5 a
        2.    The . . Governments for the Converting.    v 5 b

        Pride can be a problem, but we need to be properly proud of some areas of our

lives.  Paul expressed pride in the call of the Lord.  Most ministers are proud that God has called them.  You can be pleased the Lord has given you certain gifts.  Paul also expressed pride in the control demonstrated in that He singled him out for a specific gospel ministry.  Paul rejoiced in the conversions this gospel ministry produced.

 

2.    What Do You Think Of The Gospel?  "I Have . . Possibilities In the Gospel.  1:8-13

    A.    The Possibility of . . Prayer.    1:8-10

           8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because the news of your faith is being reported in all the world.
9 For God, whom I serve with my spirit in [telling] the good news about His Son, is my witness that I constantly mention you,
10 always asking in my prayers that if it is somehow in God's will, I may now at last succeed in coming to you.
        1.    The Possibility of . . World Influence In Prayer.    v 8
        2.    The Possibility of . . Witness Involved In Prayer.    v 9
        3.    The Possibility of . . Will Implored In Prayer.    v 10

 

    B.    The Possibility of . . Preparation.  1:11-13
            11 For I want very much to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, 12 that is, to be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. 13 Now I want you to know, brothers, that I often planned to come to you (but was prevented until now) in order that I might have a fruitful ministry among you, just as among the rest of the Gentiles.

        1.    Preparation that Is . . Spiritual.  v 11
        2.    Preparation that Is . . Supporting.    v 12

        3.    Preparation that Is . . Suppressed.        v 13 a
        4.    Preparation that Is . . Supportive.    v 13 b
        It is obvious from Paul’s testimony he believed in the unlimited possibilities of the gospel ministry. His prayer life confirms this belief.  He prayed knowing the gospel had affected his world, and further prayer would continue such an affect.  Paul called on God to confirm his witness of praying for the people of Rome.  He was careful in prayer to seek God’s will and not his, and this needs to be practiced by all of us.  Paul planned, and prepared for additional times of gospel ministry, but his plans were suppressed by the will of the Lord.  Many times the prayer may be in the will of the Lord but the timing is not.  In addition Paul always wanted the possibility of preparing to support the work of the Lord, and to strengthen new Christians.
 

3.    What Do You Think Of The Gospel?    I Have . . Privileges In the Gospel 1:14-17

    A.    The Privilege of . . Obligation.  1:14
            14 I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish.

        1.    Obligated to All . . Traditions.  v 14 a
        2.    Obligated to All . . Tendencies.    v 14 b

    B.    The Privilege of . . Oration.    1:15
            15 So I am eager to preach the good news to you also who are in Rome.

        1.    The . . Attitude of the Oration.    v 15 a

        2.    The . . Anchor of the Oration.        v 15 b
        3.    The . . Area of the Oration.  v 15 c
    C.    The Privilege of . . Obsession.        1:16

            16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and
            also to the Greek.

        1.    The . . Pride In The Obsession.  v 16 a

        2.    The . . Power In The Obsession.  v 16 b
        3.    The . . Plan In The Obsession.  v 16 c


                a.    Whosoever Plan.  ROM 4:16
                b.    Whenever Plan

    D.    The Privilege of . . Ownership.   1:17
            17 For in it God's righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written:   The righteous will live by faith.
 

        1.    Revelation . . In Ownership.  v 17 a


        2.    Righteousness . . In Ownership.  v 17 a

        Are you proud of the gospel because of the privileges it affords to all  believers?  Paul seemed to think it was a priviledge to have the obligation placed upon him to share the gospel with all kinds of people.  Just the other day I analyzed myself as I sat in an area where many different colors, and social standards walked by.  I would share the gospel with any and all of them, but my comfort zone is more with people just like me.  I am not proud to say that, but in a confessional manner admit I need to be more like Paul and be a member of the SIO.  That stands for everyone I “See I Owe” to share the gospel with them.  Perhaps the most quoted verse in the lesson text is verse 16.  In this verse we see the pride, power, and plan related to sharing the gospel.  We, like Paul, need to be proud of the gospel, because of its power to change lives, Amen?  Amen!