ROMANS 1

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Romans 1:1

MUCH IN COMMON

 

I do not have much in common with Johann Sabastean Bach, Thomas Edison or Dwight D. Eisenhower, but I admire them.

Sometimes we feel the same way about great Bible characters.

We admire them, but see little in common with us. That's a wrong perception. Take for instance, the Apostle Paul. If we are born again, we have much in common with Him.

 

THE SAME SERVICE - "A Servant of Jesus Christ"

 

THE SAME SUMMONS - "Called"

We are not called to be apostles. However, the word apostle means "One Sent".. We are summoned and sent to performing good works, witnessing, and doing God's will.

 

THE SAME SEPARATION - "Separated unto the Gospel of God."

The Gospel is "good news". We are separated by God to living and sharing God's good news.

 

 

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Romans 1:1-6

GOD AT WORK!

 

As the Book of Romans opens we find God at work in the world.

 

A FAITHFUL PATTERN or

A PATTERN OF FAITHFULNESS - Vs. 1

God was faithful to call Paul, a former enemy of Christ, into the Gospel ministry. 1 Timothy 1:11-17

He was called to be a servant.

He was called to be an Apostle.

He was separated to the Gospel of Christ.

 

A FULFILLED PROMISE or

A PROMISE FULFILLED - Vss. 2-4

Jesus was promised by the prophets - Vs. 2 (Micah 5:2, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 53).

Jesus was of the Seed of David - Vs. 3 (Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-38)

Jesus was declared to be the Son of God through the Resurrection from the Dead - Vs. 4

 

A FORCEFUL PRESENTATION or

A PRESENTATION THAT'S FORCEFUL - Vss. 5-6

Paul and others received "grace" and apostleship so that they could forcefully proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ among all nations.

 

 

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Romans 1:1-7

GREETINGS FROM PAUL

 

THE MAN - Vss. 1-2

1. "Servant of Jesus Christ"

2. "Called to be an apostle"

3. "Separated unto the gospel of God"

 

HIS MASTER - Vss. 3-4

 

HIS MINISTRY - Vs. 5

 

HIS MESSAGE - Vss. 6-7

1. Grace

2. Peace

 

 

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Romans 1:1-7

COMMUNICATING THE GOSPEL

 

INTRODUCTION - Vs. 1 - Paul as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ was called to be an apostle whose life was separated to the communication of the Gospel of God.

 

THE PROMISE OF THE GOSPEL - Vs. 2

Old Testament prophets had promised the Gospel. One notable promise of the coming Gospel is Isaiah 53.

 

THE PERSON OF THE GOSPEL - Vs. 3

The Gospel is centered in the Lord Jesus Christ, who came to earth. John 1:1-5, 14

 

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL - Vs. 4

The power of the Gospel is centered in the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

 

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL - Vss. 5-6

The Apostles received grace and apostleship so people from all nations would be saved.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE GOSPEL - Vs. 7

The people of the Gospel are those called as saints, those who have trusted Christ as Savior. They are those who receive grace and peace.

 

 

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Romans 1:7-12

PASTOR PAUL

 

A PASTOR'S PROCLAMATION - Vs. 7

As a pastor, Paul wanted the Romans to have Grace and Peace

 

A PASTOR'S PRAYERS - Vss. 8-10

As he prayed he was thankful for those he prayed for. Vs. 8

Paul always prayed for his congregations and those congregations that he was

yet to meet. Vs. 9

As he prayed he also prayed for opportunities to minister. Vs.10

 

A PASTOR'S PURPOSE - Vss. 11-12

He wanted to help them spiritually. Vs. 11

He wanted to be blessed by their fellowship. Paul was able to be blessed by

them to whom he ministered. Vs. 12

 

 

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Romans 1:13-17

MISSIONARY!

Romans #3

 

PAUL'S PLAN - To Bear Fruit - Vs. 13

 

PAUL'S POSITION - Debtor - Vs. 14

 

PAUL'S PREPARATION - Ready! - Vs. 15

 

PAUL'S POWER - The Gospel - Vs. 16

 

PAUL'S PROMISE - "The Just Shall Live By Faith" - Vs. 17

 

 

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Romans 1:13-17

MINDSET FOR MISSIONS

 

If we as a church are going to be the best possible help to our missionaries, and if we are going to reach our own community for Christ, we need a mindset for missions. We need to have the right Biblical perspective for reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am not saying that anyone of us will be a full time missionary, although that is possible. I am saying that if we have a missions mindset we will be more effective in our service for Christ and our missionaries.

 

In Romans 1:13-17, I believe that the Apostle Paul reveals to us his own personal mindset for missions. Paul, a missionary himself, shows what it is like to have a heart for missions.

 

In looking at this passage I found five questions that we can ask that will help us determine if we too have a mindset for missions.

 

WHAT IS MY DESIRE? - Vs. 13

Have you noticed that we don't always get what we want? Even when what we want is good, God doesn't always give it to us, or he makes us wait until His timing is perfect.

 

Paul wanted to go to Rome. However, God did not allow Paul to go to Rome at that point in his ministry. He would later arrive in Rome as a prisoner. As a prisoner, he would win many to Christ, especially soldiers.

 

Paul was hindered from going to Rome, but that did not stop him from serving God as a missionary where he was. And that did not stop Paul's desire to bear fruit in Rome as he did among other Gentiles. I believe the fruit being referred to here is people coming to know Christ as Savior.

 

We might want to go on a short-term missions trip.

We might want to share Christ with a specific person or a specific people group. And God may seem to say, "no".

However, the most important thing is to serve Christ and share Christ with others right where we live.

Paul not only wanted to bear fruit in Rome, but wherever he was.

Wherever Paul went he tried to communicate the Gospel of Christ to Jew and Gentile alike. He desired to see people saved.

My friend, you and I will not be fruitful in the area of witnessing for Christ unless we want to be.

 

I believe that every Christian is called to be a missionary. Some are called to be missionaries on foreign soil or another part of their country. Others, like us, are called to be missionaries right where they are. Consider the pattern that Jesus gave for missions.

Acts 1:8

 

Many of us need to stay in Jerusalem to reach the people on our home turf, as well as to work and support those who are going on the road with the Gospel.

 

        You will not be a good ambassador for Jesus Christ unless you have a desire for people to be saved.

        You will not be a good ambassador for Jesus Christ unless you desire to be used of God in bringing people to Christ.

 

Why should you have a desire to be fruitful in witnessing for Christ? John 3:17-18

 

So, what is your desire?

Is it to be usable as a missionary for Christ right where you are?

If it isn't your desire, why isn't it?

 

DO I SEE MYSELF AS A DEBTOR? - Vs. 14

A debtor is someone who has an obligation. He owes someone something.

Paul considered himself a debtor. He had an obligation to non-Jews.

 

There was good reason for Paul to feel this way. Before Paul was saved, he was antagonistic to the Gospel. When God saved Paul, he saved him so that he would be a missionary to the Gentile. This is what Jesus told Paul when he appeared to him on the Road to Damascus. Acts 26:16-18

 

And Paul, never got over the fact that Jesus saved him and gave him a ministry.

1 Timothy 1:12-13

 

So we understand why Paul felt indebted to do missionary work.

But, why should we feel indebted?

If you are a Christian, God has saved you from an eternity in hell. Out of appreciation, you should love Christ, and want others to know Him personally. Christ loved you enough to save you. You should love Him enough to tell others what He has done for you.

 

If you are a Christian, you know something that other people don't know. It is your obligation to tell them what you know. Psalm 107:2

 

We know that a person without Christ is in trouble.

Because of what we know, we are obligated to share that information with others.

1 Peter 3:15

 

My friend, do you feel any obligation, any debt because of what Christ has done for you and because of what you know that can help others?

 

AM I DEDICATED? - Vss. 15-16a

There a lot of dedicated people around here.

        There are people dedicated to hunting.

        There are people dedicated to yard sales.

        There are people dedicated to eating.

        There are people dedicated to learning.

        There are people dedicated to taking care of their children.

        There are people dedicated to the internet.

        There are people dedicated to their husbands and wives.

        There are people dedicated to their friends.

 

Usually, a dedicated person:

        Likes what he or she is dedicated to

        Believes in what he or she is dedicated to

        Persists at doing what he or she is dedicated to

        Spends time doing what he or she is dedicated to

        Talks about what he or she is dedicated to

 

Paul was dedicated to sharing Christ with others.

It showed in two ways.

First of all, Paul was eager to share.

That word "ready" in verse 15 means "eager".

Paul was eager to share what had made him free.

He wanted people to know about Christ, and because he was eager to share, he did it often.

 

Because Paul was eager to share Christ, he was dedicated, as the following verses show.

Acts 20:16-21

 

Paul was not only dedicated because he was eager, but because he was not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.

If you are truly dedicated to Christ, you will not be ashamed of his Gospel.

 

Many times we fail to communicate the Gospel to our own family members, because we don't want them to get angry with us.

Many times we fail to communicate the Gospel to our friends because we don't want to lose their friendship.

Many times we fail to communicate the Gospel of Christ because we do not want to open ourselves up to ridicule.

 

What do you do when Christ is ridiculed in your presence?

What do you do when God gives you the opportunity to speak in his behalf?

 

Are you dedicated enough to be eager to share?

Are you dedicated enough to not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ?

 

WHAT IS MY DYNAMIC? - Vs. 16b

 

In other words, what is the source of my power? On what am I relying for strength as I share the Gospel?

 

The Gospel of Christ is the power of God.

When you share the Gospel of Christ, you can expect God to work in his power.

That doesn't mean that everyone who hears the Gospel will be saved. But it does mean that when you present the Gospel some will be saved. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

 

My friend, when we share the Gospel of Christ, we have the power of God working on our side? Are you using it as your dynamic?

 

ON WHOM DO I DEPEND? - Vs. 17

 

Only righteous people go to Heaven.

There's only one problem. Nobody's righteous. Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23 So how can anybody get into Heaven if none of us our righteous?

The key word is "faith" in verse 17.

Jesus was righteous. Jesus did no sin.

Jesus died in your place on the cross of Calvary.

The gospel is summed up in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.

To believe the Gospel to depend on the fact that a righteous God died in your place. And because God the Son died in your place, God the Father, will make declare you righteous when you place your faith in Christ.

 

Romans 5:1, Romans 1:17 -

 

Are you depending on Christ for your salvation?

And Christian are you depending on Christ for daily strength?

You must continue to live by faith after being saved!

 

 

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Romans 1:14-17

RESOLVED

 

The Apostle Paul was resolved to win souls to Christ. We should have the same attitude he had when he said:

 

I AM DEBTOR Vs. 14

 

I AM READY Vs. 15

 

I AM NOT ASHAMED Vss. 16-17

 

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Romans 1:14-17

PREPARED TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL

 

PAUL SAW HIS OBLIGATION - "I am debtor." Vs. 14

PAUL SOUGHT AN OPPORTUNITY - "I am ready." Vs. 15

PAUL SHARED HIS OPENNESS - "I am not ashamed." Vss. 16-17

 

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Romans 1:18-32

THE HEATHEN ARE LOST!

 

In my last church I often talked with an old priest. He often brought up the fact that he couldn't see that God would ever punish those who had not heard the Gospel. Romans 1:18-32 is very clear that the answer to the age-old question, "Are the heathen lost?" is "YES!"

 

GOD'S REVELATION Vss. 18-20

God has revealed himself to man.

 

MAN'S REJECTION Vss. 21-23

 

GOD'S RELEASE Vss. 24-25

 

MAN'S RUIN - Vss. 26-32

 

 

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Romans 1:18-32

OUR SIN-SICK WORLD

 

GOD'S WRATH - Vs. 18

 

GOD'S WISDOM - Vss. 19-20

God, in His wisdom, has revealed himself to man.

 

GOD'S WOE - Vss. 21-23

Man, in his stupidity, has rebelled against God, thus causing Him woe

 

GOD'S WORK - Vss. 24-32 - HE GAVE THEM UP!

God gave them up to uncleanness - Vss. 24-25

God gave them up to vile affections - Vss. 26-27

God game them up to a reprobate mind - Vss. 28-32

 

 

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Romans 1:24-32

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME

 

 

There's an old hymn that goes,

" This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through;

My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue;

The angels beckon me from heaven's open door,

And I can't feel at home in this world anymore."

 

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME!

Abraham the father of faith and of the Jewish nation felt that this old world was not his final goal.

Hebrews 11:10 - "For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."

 

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME

Hebrews 13:14 - "For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come."

 

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME

 

Phil 3:20 - "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:" (The word "conversation" here means "citizenship".)

 

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME

Read Revelation 21:1-5

Read Revelation 21:22-27

 

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME!

And this world is not your home either, if you have placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. John 3:36

 

Are you a citizen of Heaven?

If you are you can say, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through!"

Peter calls those of us who are citizens of heaven "strangers and pilgrims". This world is not our permanent home!

 

Christian it is of extreme importance that you understand something. This world, as it is today, is not where your affections and interests are to lie. You have something better.

 

Today we look at the nature of this old world and exactly what it is like because of its rebellion against God. You and I should look at this passage of Scripture describing this world and say, THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME!

 

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME: WHERE SENSUALITY IS PERSISTENT - Vss. 24-25

God has responded to man's rebellion by giving them "up" or "over" to their own wickedness!

Vs. 24 - Mankind rebelled against God, and God permitted them to go! They were given over to uncleanness or impurity because of their own lust!

 

While the word lust can refer to any natural desire, it was most often used to refer to that which was carnal, fleshly, and sinful.

It is from within that man's sensual, sinful activity come. Matthew 15:19

 

Notice that men end up dishonoring their own bodies between themselves. Many of man's sins are of a sensual nature. God honored man by giving him the beauty of sex in marriage. Genesis 2:22-24

 

Man has taken the beauty of sex in marriage and replaced it with sensual lusts, going beyond what is normal and beautiful.

 

Hebrews 13:4 - "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge."

 

Sex within marriage is a beautiful thing.

But sensuality is all around us, outside of the marriage bonds.

How many people do you know who are living together instead of being married?

How many people do you know who have committed adultery?

How many Television shows have you seen that treat sex outside of marriage as permissible and sometimes even funny?

How many products have you seen advertised by scantily clad women and men who are "hunks"?

How many times a day are you bombarded with the thought that if it feels good to you, it's all right?

 

Vs. 25 tells us why this all happens. People have exchanged the truth about God into a lie! People worship the creature instead of the creator! The creature wants to be like God or even superior to God. That was Satan's desire when he rebelled against God. That was Eve's desire when she took the forbidden fruit.

 

Man is involved in sensuality because he wants to worship himself!

He wants to make himself feel good!

He wants himself to be comfortable!

He wants himself to be gratified!

 

And think of this, when we make our plans and ourselves more important than God and His plans, we are worshiping ourselves!

Even those of us who are Christians need to watch out for that!

 

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME: WHERE SEX IS PERVERTED - Vss. 26-27

God has allowed mankind to go another step "down".

Sensuality and all sorts of sin involving sex and the worship of the creature are bad enough.

But mankind has gone a step further into the world of perversion.

Women and men both have gotten involved in homosexuality.

 

Homosexuals are trying to tell us that their alternate lifestyle is "normal", and that there should be "same-sex" marriages.

And anyone who resists allowing homosexuals to be treated as normal is branded as a bigot.

 

My friends, it is God who says right here that homosexuality is not normal.

My friends, it is God who says that homosexuality is sin!

My friends, it is God who says that homosexuality is perverted!

My friends, it is God who says that He has judged man because of homosexuality at the end of Vs. 27.

We are to love those who are outside of Christ and treat them respectably, but we can not approve of the sin of homosexuality any more than we can approve of lying, cheating, stealing, ungodly anger, gossip or murder.

 

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME: WHERE SIN IS PREVALENT - Vss. 28-32

Here is a long list that shows just how prevalent sin is. I quickly explained what each word meant when I preached this sermon.

 

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME, I'M JUST A PASSING THROUGH! I'm looking for a city whose builder and maker is God! This life is temporary! And I'm glad. I'm glad!

 

But wait a minute, if the world is this wicked, and it is, what should our response be to it as those who are leaving this world for a better world?

 

1 Peter 2:11 - We are to abstain from the fleshly lusts which we just itemized here in this passage. We are not to be participants in the same evil that the world participates in, because we are citizens of Heaven.

For example we are not to be envious like the world.

We are not to be immoral or sensual like the world.

We are not to break our promises, like the world.

We are not to disobey our parents, like the world.

We are not to be greedy like the world.

We are not to be malicious like the world.

 

1 John 2:15-17 - If this world is not your home, don't act like it is!

We remain attached to this old world, and then wonder why we make no progress in the Christian life. If we love this world, we are not acting like citizens of the next world.

In closing, let me ask you this question, "What are you holding on to that belongs to this world?"

Is it jealousy, pride, immorality, gossip, maliciousness, anger?

 

Whatever it is, leave at the foot of cross.

Give it to Jesus and move on in Godliness.

If you are a citizen of Heaven, act like one!

If you are not a citizen of Heaven, become one!

 

 

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