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THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE
July 4, 1999
INTRODUCTION: Paul wished to travel to the great city of Rome in
order to represent His Savior as a Preacher, however, the Bible
records that instead of arriving as a Preacher, God sent him as a
Acts 19:21, "When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed
in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia,
to go to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there, I must also
Rom 1:15, "So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the
gospel to you who are in Rome also."
The church in Philippi got word of Paul's imprisonment and were
very concerned about his welfare and feared that his incarceration
severed him from all possibility of witnessing. That was not the
case at all. Paul stated in v.13 "that my chains are in Christ." It
was not that Paul could not get away from the guards, he could not
get away from Christ.
The main passion of Paul was sharing the gospel. In Romans 1:16
he stated, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ."
The Four For's Romans 1:16-18
1. The People It Serves.
"for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also the Greek"
2. The Power It Shows.
"for it is the power of God" -- the dynamite; not to destruction, but to
3. The Problem It Solves.
"for in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed..."
4. The Pardon It Secures.
"for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven."
Therefore, Paul, after blessing the Philippians, begins to share
concerning his fortune in misfortune.
I. PAUL'S CIRCUMSTANCES. 12
A. WHAT HE ACCOMMODATED. 12a
"things which happened to me" -- reported in Acts 21-28;
imprisonment, harassment, threats against his life, shipwreck, and
It is apparent that Paul did not wish to elaborate on what he had
suffered for the sake of the gospel.
B. WHAT HE ACKNOWLEDGED. 12b
"turned ou ...
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