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
. . 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
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
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.
Preparation that Is . . Spiritual. v 11
2. Preparation that Is . . Supporting. v 12
3. What Do You Think Of The Gospel? I Have . . Privileges In the Gospel 1:14-17
A. The Privilege of . . Obligation.
14 I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish.
Obligated to All . . Traditions. v 14 a
2. Obligated to All . . Tendencies. v 14 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
1. The . . Pride In The Obsession. v 16 a
a. Whosoever Plan. ROM 4:16
b. Whenever Plan
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.
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!