(Transcribed from actual tape) September 23, 1984 9:40 a.m.
A REASON TO BOAST
Romans 15: 14-21
liope you have your B'Ibles open th'is morning to the book of Romans. This
morning we'll begin in the 15th Chapter, and we'll begin with Verse 14 and
go through Verse 21. Romans 15:14-21. As we begin, let's bow for prayer
"Father, we thank You for the witness that we receive from music. Music
that stirs us. Music that convinces us and convicts us. Music that carries
us to the foot of the cross in shame and confession, and music that lifts us
up to heaven as we praise Thee in word and with our lives. Now, Father, we
trust there will be that holy hush over this place of assembly so that Your
Holy Spirit can deal with us individually, personally, and also speak to us
as a body of believers. 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 name of Jesus Christ our Savior and our living Lord. Amen."
Our study of the great epistle to Romans is almost over. In fact, we come
to that part of Romans that really is difficult to outline. If you find a
simple way to outline the rest of Romans, please share it with me after the
service, because I'm wrestling with what Paul is attempting to do. You'll
remember the broad thrust of what he's saying, he's talking about unity.
He says that unity comes thourgh justification by faith. And he has pictured
the Jews over here and the Gentiles over here and God up there. And he says,
"Now, that through Jesus Christ the Messiah, the Savior, the Jew is at one
with God. The Gentile is at one with God. And the Jew and Gentile ...
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