A New Way of Thinking

The Book of Romans  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  42:50
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The reality of life in the Jewish world connected righteousness with strict adherence to the Law of Moses. Man would be able to control his own access to the the plan of God simply by doing the right thing. The problem was that doing what was right in the sight of God was not as simple as it may seem. God wanted more out of his relationship with man and so did man his relationship to God.
Mankind could never meet the standard of a Holy God.
The Book of Romans details the provision that God has made for us through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1–7 ESV
1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, 7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Who wrote the book of Romans?

The Apostle Paul

He Identifies himself
++A servant of Christ
++An Apostle
++Set apart for the Gospel
He declares that the Gospel
++Is not new
++Was the fulfillment of a promise
++Was the revelation of God’s son
++Was confirmed in His resurrection
Because of Christ alone
++Grace was made available to us
++He was called into service
His purpose
++To bring about the obedience of faith
++To reveal his name to the nations
++To help believing Jews understand the nature of their calling

What was the purpose of this letter?

A New Way of Thinking

Romans 1:8–12 ESV
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.

The Church at Rome

Responded well to the Gospel
++Paul gave thanks to God
++He heard of their faith
++The world knew of their faith
++Paul prays for them

Why write this letter to a church that was doing good?

Paul recognized that more was needed

His desire
++Was to see them
++Was to impart a Spiritual gift
++To strengthen their faith
++To be strengthen by them
Time has a way of watering down the message.

The Power was in the message

Romans 1:14–16 ESV
14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

What do you think Paul meant by the terms “under obligation”?

The Message of the Gospel
++Was not limited
++Was not for just the Jews
++Was for everybody

His priority was to declare the Gospel

What is the Gospel?

It is called the Good News

Because of the Gospel
++We have Grace
++We have Peace with God
++Faith arises
++Righteousness is revealed
Romans 1:17 ESV
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

From Sin to Sanctification

The Book of Romans unfolds key Biblical doctrines
What is doctrine?
In Hebrew doctrine is teaching or instruction
The new testament adds word or message
In Romans Paul speaks about redemption
Redemption speaks of
++A Condition
++A Provision
++A Transformation
++An Application

The Condition

Humanity was defiant toward God

All were Guilty
++The Gentiles (Rom 1:18-32)
++The Jews (Rom 2:1-3:8
++All People (Rom 3:9-20)

God had a plan

The Message of the Gospel
++Declares the plan of God
++Has become good new to all
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