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Rom. 10:11-17

11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!" 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report?" 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. NKJV

Introduction: TOPIC: Preaching Date 11/1985.13 TITLE: Where do Sermons Go?
When a local preacher died, his relatives found he had neatly tied up the messages he had delivered and placed a card on top of them with this inscription: "Where has the influence gone of all these sermons I have preached?" Underneath he had scribbled in large letters, "OVER."

On the other side this answer was found: "Where are last year's Sunrays?

They have gone into fruits and grain and vegetables to feed mankind.
Where are last year's raindrops?

Forgotten by most people, of course, but they did their refreshing work, and their influence still abides.

So, too, my sermons have gone into lives and made them nobler, more Christlike, and better fitted for Heaven." His comments apply to the efforts of all who faithfully give out the Word.

The verses 14-15 are refered to sometimes as the Indian verses. This reference is made because of the times the word "how" is used. Please note the word "how" is used 5 times. Also in these verses the word preacher is referred to 3 times. Preachers are also referred to indirectly several times.

I want you to know the GREEK NEW TESTAMENT uses different words for preach in this text. The word used in verse 14 and 15 are not the same word.

In verse 14 and the first time in verse 15 the greek word is KERUSSO. Strong's # 2784 kerusso to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel): KJV-- preacher (-er), proclaim, publish. .

Rom 10: 14-15a {14} How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? {15} And how shall they preach . . ."

In verse 15 the second word is EUAGGELIZO. Strong's # 2097 euaggelizo to announce good news ("evangelize") especially the gospel: KJV-- from Strong's # 2095 eu (good); (adverbially) well: and STRONGS #32 aggelos a messenger; . . . " :

Rom 10:15 b ". . . Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!"

15 a "How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (KJV). Note: feet of them that preach the gospel, greek gospel the gospel. Also bring, glad tiddings, of good things gospel the gospel. gospel.

Follow as I point out several insights from this text concerning preachers.


1. Preachers are necessary for the gospel. To be . . Sounded.

2. Preachers are necessary for the gospel. Tobe . . Spread.

3. Preachers are necessary for the gospel. To be . . Savored.



1. Preachers are necessary for the gospel To be . . Sounded. v11-14
11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

A. Sounded for people to . . Call. v 11-13
11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all
who call upon Him. 13 For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

B. Sounded for people to . . Claim. v 14 a
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?

C. Sounded for people to . . Consider. v 14 b
14
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?

Illustration: TOPIC: Preaching DATE: 4/1986.7 TITLE: The Right Image
Recently I read an interesting item in the newspaper that illustrates the importance of mental associations in making decisions. A high school in Virginia offered a course called "Home Economics for Boys." Needless to say, it got little attention. So the following year it was renamed "Bachelor Living." You guessed it! The effect was overwhelming -- 120 boys promptly signed up. The curriculum never changed. It still offered traditional instruction in cooking, sewing, laundry, and money management. But it needed the right image before the students would give the class a second look. As we present Christ to the world, let's not forget that the message must never change, but the methods may vary.

Application:

Preachers are necessary for the gospel To be . . Sounded.



2. Preachers are necessary for the gospel To be . . Spread. v 15 a
{15} And how
shall they preach unless they are sent?

A. Spread through the . . Call of God.
1. Sent as God calls.

B. Spread through the . . Contributions of the People.
1. Sent as the people give.

Illustration: TOPIC: Teaching DATE: 11/1985.25 TITLE: Teaching Not in Vain
A chaplain who was ministering to a seriously wounded soldier was requested by the dying man to write a letter to his former Sunday school teacher. "Tell her I died a Christian because of what she taught me in that class in church. The memory of her earnest pleas and the warmth of her love as she asked us to accept Jesus has stayed with me. Tell her I'll meet her in Heaven." The message was sent, and some time later the chaplain received this reply: "May God forgive me. Just last month I resigned my position and abandoned my Sunday school pupils because I felt my work had been fruitless. How I regret my impatience and lack of faith! I shall ask my pastor to let me go back to teaching. I have learned that when one sows for God, the reaping is both sure and blessed!"

Application:

Preachers are necessary for the gospel To be . . Spread.



3. Preachers are necessary for the gospel. To be . . Savored. 10:15b-17
15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are
the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our
report?" 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. NKJV.

A. SAVORING The Good Things. 10:15
15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"

B. SAVORING The . . Consequences. 10:16
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our
report?"

C. SAVORING . . How Faith Comes To Us. 10:17
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Illustration: TOPIC: Preaching INDEX: 2087-2089 DATE: 12/1992.7
Our lives should preach good sermons. According to the book Life of Francis d'Assisi, Francis once invited a young monk to join him on a trip to town to preach. Honored to be given the invitation, the monk readily accepted. All day long he and Francis walked through the streets, byways, and alleys, and even into the suburbs. They rubbed shoulders with hundreds of people.

At day's end, the two headed back home. Not even once had Francis addressed a crowd, nor had he talked to anyone about the gospel. Greatly disappointed, his young companion said, "I thought we were going into town to preach." Francis responded, "My son, we have preached. We were preaching while we were walking. We were seen by many and our behavior was closely watched. It is of no use to walk anywhere to preach unless we preach everywhere as we walk!"

Application:TOPIC: Preaching INDEX: 2087-2089 DATE: 12/1993.18
A bishop ... asked David Garrick, the great actor, how it was possible to take fiction and produce such a tremendous effect on his audience. Garrick replied, "Because I recite fiction as if it were truth, and you preach truth as if it were fiction." -- Walter L. Lingle