The Gospel According to Paul • Sermon • Submitted
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Estate Sale. Longtime employee buys picture of son for 75 cents.
This is the grace Paul had experienced
Tarsus (Turkey - Roman Citizen. Never had been there. Jerusalem at 13.
Memorized OT under Gamaliel. Became Pharisee. Persecutor.
The Early church was started before Pauls conversion
Paul was bursting at the seems to encourage the Roman Church.
“Set apart” - Tool taken out of toolbox for a purpose.
“Apostle” - Designated to speak with special authority.
They didn’t know Paul. Paul didn’t know him. But they were connected.
It’s what connects us to other believers.
Name a country that you’re connected to even though you’ve never been.
There are connecting points that bring believers together.
Wh are these connecting points?
Faith - Emperor Claudias expelled Jews AD 49. Not just initial faith but preserving through trial faith.
Church are known for certain things. (Pastor, buildings, etc)
There is power to the community that is known for its faith.
2. Prayer - God calls Christians to unreserved and total commitment.
The churches were always on Pauls prayer list.
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Prayer covers more ground than a plane ever could.
3. Service - Paul wanted to visit in order to serve the Roman church.
No other agenda. Humble encouragement. (Two way blessing)
Politicians don’t know how to make a visit without an agenda.
When we serve others, our agenda is pure.
4. The Gospel
The gospel left Paul imprisoned in Philippi, chased out of Thessalonica, smuggled out of Damascus & Berea, laughed at in Athens declared a fool in Corinth, and declared a blasphemer in Jerusalem.
Stone and left for dead at Lystra.
But Paul wasn’t intimidated or ashamed.
“Power” (dunamis) - sufficient to save man from sin.
“Believes” (pisteuo) - Idea of trusting in, relying on, having faith.
“righteous man shall live by faith” - Habbakuk 2:4
Belief, like Abraham makes us righteous.
I used to be afraid to worship with my hands in the air.
The gospel sets us free from our fear!
Paul was connected of to church at Rome because of what the Lord had done.
Are you connected to people? What’s your commonality with them?