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Romans Talk 1, Big Idea

The Power of the Gospel

Last Sunday, i started preaching through Romans at a small country church 40mins away from here. The Plan is to see how far i get through Romans in the three, 3 week block i have in the rest of the year. And here on my blog i will try to do a very brief summary each week.

We started by looking at the introduction to the book as such, 1:1-17.

What are we Ashamed of? we are all ashamed of things, good things but things that other people will think less of us for liking. But the Question is, “is the Gospel one of those things?

Paul tells us what the Gospel is in his intro,  it was promised, it is about Jesus, the messiah, who was a descendant of David,  and who was appointed in power by the spirit in power in his resurrection, i think that is us more being reminded of his position through his resurrection, as he never lost his position.

Then Paul tells us where the Gospel gains it’s power, and that is through  it’s ability to make a person right with God, something that they are not able to do by themselves. as it says in verse 16, it is the power of God to bring salvation to thoes who believe, and in verse 17, that it is through faith and faith alone.

So that is the power of the Gospel, to bring people into a right relationship with God through Jesus death on the cross where our sins were dealt with, and it was done by grace, that is free to those who are totally undeserving.

Is that something you are ashamed of?

Romans 1(NIV)

1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God — the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.

11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,[d] that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.

14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed —a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[e] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”[f]

 

 

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Things i found …

Things i found when thinking about Romans, or places i get sidetracked to…………

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A picture began circulating in November. It should be “The Picture of the Year,” or perhaps, “Picture of the Decade.” It won’t be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the U.S. paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it. The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb. Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb. During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon’s finger. Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile. The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, “Hand of Hope.” The text explaining the picture begins, “The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother’s uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.” Little Samuel’s mother said they “wept for days” when they saw the picture. She said, “The photo reminds us pregnancy isn’t about disability or an illness, it’s about a little person” Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful. Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome…incredible….and hey, pass it on! The world needs to see this one!

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I read this and thought it was amazing, it does indeed show that they are indeed little people in there, i was as i read reminded of Psalm 139, obviously because of verse 13, but also because of the rest of the psalm as well, but more about how we think about God, he knows all, he has searched us, know our thoughts, and our words, we try to hide but we can not hide as God is everywhere and over everything. Now i think at one level this should scare us, as well what Romans 1-3 kind of points out is the darkness of our hearts, as Romans 3:10-12 says;

10 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11     there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”

And yet we see here David inviting God in verses 23-24, to search him, know his heart, test him. because i guess David knows God’s great love, and was comforted by it. Kind of the same comfort we get a few verses on in Romans when we are told that we all have sinned, and have fallen short of the glory of God, but that regardless we have been justified (made right with God) freely by his grace, and through Grace. How is that for a sidetrack, i can’t even remember how i got here, well i saw the article, read psalm 139 and then it reminded my of Romans. But the psalm is powerful in it’s own right, and i guess it challenges us and confronts us, but also it should lead us to live for God, we see at the end David asking God for help he asks God to lead him in the way everlasting.

Love a good sidetrack

Psalm 139 (New International Version)

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand —
when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

First thought on Romans.

Thinking about how to attack Romans, i am preaching Romans 1 – 8 in 3 three week blocks over the next 5 months, in a small country church in regional NSW. I chose to do Romans because I want to do a bible study on it next term so I thought I Mays well preach on it as well.

Now in breaking it up I think that the first talk is an easy one to work out, it is the intro , a both to the book and to the Gospel as well. The second talk is the bad news, or the reality of how we stand before God with out Jesus. The third talk was a bit more difficult to work out, as I thought the logical finish was before 3:21, but I did not want to finish the first block with out going into the good news that now comes after all the bad news, the hope that comes after the hopelessness which precedes.
So here is a brief first outline of the talks. 


​Talk 1.           Romans 1:1-17
​Thinking about the first talk i am thinking that it is Romans 1:1-17. It is a great introduction both to Paul as well as to the Gospel itself. We start of by looking at the Gospel, which was promised through the prophets, is about Jesus, who was a descendant of David, was appointed the son of God, by his resurrection from the dead, and through whom we received GRACE that comes from FAITH in the name of Jesus.
​A good summary of the first part of the book i think, that is our salvation is through Grace and Faith alone, not by anything we do as we will see that we can’t do it ourselves. we then see what this means for Paul, great thanks and then a desire for him to see more people understand that the Gospel is “the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” everyone. because Jew or Gentile don’t mean anything when it comes to righteousness, as righteousness comes through faith alone.

​Talk 2.           Romans 1:18 – 2:16
​This Talk is the bad news talk, it is the talk that puts us in our place, it is the part of Romans that shows us for who we really are, it is Paul answering our ideas that we just might be ok before God by our selves, it is Paul speaking to those who think that they really are a OK person, it reads in Romans 1:25  that “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”
​Meaning that we are I no position to judge anyone else as we are all in the same boat. It is a talk that reminds us of our utter dependence on God for our salvation as if left up to us we would be worshiping who knows what!

Talk 3.           Romans 2: 17 – 3:24
​We see here Paul having a go at the Jews, he labels them hypocrites! he says that they are bring God’s name into disrepute, they are living how they like relying on their circumcision, or their “Jewishness” for salvation, but Paul points out that is really worthless as proper circumcision is a heart thing not a external thing. so then the obvious question is what is the point of being a Jew, lots Paul says they are privileged, God promised them faithfulness, and even though some are unfaithful God is still faithful.
​Paul then finishes of by saying that they are all the same, Jew and Gentile both Stuffed. But then comes the “But now” after being told there is no hope in the law only condemnation we are now told that there s hope through Jesus