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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 1

Romans 1:18-32 (12)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 4 Study # 12
September 21, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Paul's accusations against man consist of a four-fold description of man's antagonism toward the Truth of God.

Introduction:In our study last week we began to look at Paul's accusation that man, having been delivered over to the death he thought he would prefer, was "filled up with, so that he is full of unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, and evil". We also decided last week not to just read over the litany of man's "fullness", but, instead, to consider what Paul was charging man with. So, in our look at "unrighteousness" we saw that it is a frontal attack upon Justice. And we saw that it springs primarily from the lust to bask in the glory that men have to offer. Our conclusion was that if we care overmuch about the opinions others have of us, we will launch a frontal attack on Justice over and over as the situations where "opinions count" call for it. We concluded our study by pointing out that God has given us a record of His four "major issues" in the four Gospels and that man's "fullness of..." are major points of human opposition to those four issues. This evening we are going to take a detour to bring these four issues more clearly into the focus of our attention. I consider this necessary because the residual impact of God's deliverance of man over to a perverse heart and a non-think mind was not totally erased by His gracious recovery of at least some of those that He delivered up.

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