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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 1

Romans 1:1-7 (7)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 1 Study # 7
March 2, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Believers are, as their most basic identity, The Called who belong to Jesus Christ.

Introduction:In our last study, which was not recorded for those who study with us by CD because of my oversight in respect to the microphone, we considered Paul as an example of all believers who have received a specific form of grace in view of God's overall plan for His Church as the ruling echelon of His coming Kingdom. In that study we considered the reality that God is seeking "obedience" from men. It is fundamentally impossible to establish a glorious kingdom if those who are to inhabit it are not going to "obey" their King and serve one another. The issue in the preaching of the Gospel, therefore, is not whether God has aimed at "obedience", or not; the issue is, rather, how that obedience shall be brought to pass. Paul's answer in verse 5 is that all "obedience" arises from faith...belief in Truth. Now, this evening, we come to the end of his self-introduction. He has said that he is a bondservant, a called apostle, and a recipient of grace to bring obedience to pass among the nations. At this end of his self-introduction, he turns his readers' thoughts to their place in respect to his identity: they are among the nations that are under the scope of his stewardship as an apostle. For our consideration tonight, we want to look into Paul's characterization of them as it is given in verse 6.

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