(Transcribed from actual tape) November 13, 1983 AM
ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME
We're going to begin this morning the study of the book of Romans which will carry
us through at least 26 Sunday morning worship services together. Let us begin
with a word of prayer.
"Totally inadequate, Oh Lord. Totally inadequate ... as we look at this book in the
New Testament. We understand just a little of it. We bow our knees and our hearts
before Thee ... confess our sin ... and ask for a fresh revelation from Thee as Thou
dost reveal Thyself. Let us come with grace and forgiveness and cleansing, and in
this we rejoice. Lord, during this study through these weeks, beginning yea this
morning, You speak. Let me get out of the way so that Thy word and Thy holy and
divine message might not only be heard, but may it be received and understood and
incorporated into our lifestyles. For we make this prayer in the strong, holy,
cleansing name of Jesus Christ our Savior and our Lord. Amen."
All roads lead to Rome. That was a saying. That was a by-word. That was a pro-
verb during the days of the Apostle Paul. Rome was the hub of civilization. And
if all roads lead from Rome, then by the same token, if you were in Rome, all roads
to the entire world would lead from that city. They lead to Rome. They lead away
from Rome. Therefore, Paul, being a missionary strategist, could see that if the
headquarters of the Christian church could be established in the imperial City of
Rome, then he would have access in his missionary endeavors to every facet of the
globe. And, therefore, as he would write his itinerary of travels, I am sure
everytime he would write in ...
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