ROMANS 1:1

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Sunday Morning:August 8, 2004

Text: Romans 1:1-7"Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2. (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3. Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4. And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5. By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6. Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7. To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ."

GOSPEL OF GOD

Romans 1:1"Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,"

GOSPEL OF HIS SON

Romans 1:9"For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;"

GOSPEL OF CHRIST

Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

GOSPEL OF PEACE

Romans 10:15"And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"

 MY GOSPEL

Romans 16:25"Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,"

PAUL

Romans 1:1"Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,Ē

CALLING WITH A PURPOSE

Romans 8:28-30"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."

PAULíS CREDENTIALS

Acts 22:3"I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day."

PAUL WAS JUST

Philippians 3:5-6"Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6. Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless."

PAULíS ZEAL

Acts 22:4-5"And I persecuted this [the] way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 5. As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished."

SAUL PERSECUTED THE CHURCH

Acts 8:3"As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison."

EXCEEDING ZEAL FOR TRADITION

Galatians 1:13-14"For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14. And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers."

SAUL PERSECUTED JESUS

Acts 22:6-8"And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. 7. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 8. And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus . . . , whom thou persecutest."

PAUL ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AS LORD

Acts 22:10"And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do."

GOD USED ANANIAS

Acts 22:12-15"And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, 13. Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. 14. And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. 15. For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard."

CALLED BY THE GRACE OF GOD

Galatians 1:15-17"But when it pleased God, who separated me (to this calling) from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 16. To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17. Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus."

GOD USED BARNABAS

Acts 9:27"But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus."

BARNABAS USED AGAIN

Acts 11:25"Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:"

BARNABAS AND SAUL

Acts 13:1-2"Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them."

HIS WORKMANSHIP

Ephesians 2:10"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

THE LORD HAS A PLAN FOR US

Jeremiah 29:11"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."