The Gospel's Expectations
Paul reveals to us that God has attached certain expectations in regards to how the Gospel is ministered to others. As Christians, we are called to embrace our obligation to take the Good News to all people, eager to speak the message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This requires us to be unashamed of the Gospel and to live by faith. May we be faithful to the Gospel's expectations.
The Gospel's Motivation
Paul addresses the threefold motivation of Gospel ministry. First, Gospel ministry must be centered on God. Secondly, Gospel ministry requires total commitment from those who profess to be new creations in Christ. Finally, Gospel ministry requires community. God has designed the Church to function as a tightly knit body that is dependent upon one another for spiritual health, growth and effectiveness.
The Intent of the Gospel
Once Paul establishes the standing of a Christian as a slave of Christ, called to proclaim the Gospel, he now is ready to reveal the intentions of the Gospel. The Gospel is a message of salvation for sinners that is not new, is focused on Jesus as Lord intended to call a particular people to faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The Gospel's Slave
As we begin our study through the book of Romans, Paul introduces himself as a slave of Christ. Paul views his life as purchased by the blood of Jesus. As a result, Paul seeks Christ's will in every aspect of his life and calls us to do the same.
Biblical Building II
Part three of a three part series considering the biblical foundation of the local church. The church must be willing to embrace the biblical model for church structure not the man-made methods.
2 Cor 3:8-15
Biblical Building I
Part two of a three part series considering the biblical foundation of the local church. The church must be willing to embrace the biblical model for church structure not the man-made methods.
1 Tim 3:14-15
Part one of a three part series considering the foundation of the local church. Jesus says He will build His church. We are commanded to build upon the solid foundation of the Gospel.
The Servant of Christ
Jesus calls the leadership of the local church to be servants of others. The faithful servant of Christ will deliver God's Word accurately, allowing others to be transformed by the living Word of God.
I Cor 4:1-5
The Good News Revealed
From the study through the book of Romans. Paul has presented the absolute sinfulness of mankind. Now his attention turns to the Good News of the Gospel found by faith in Jesus Christ.