The Preacher's Heart
Max Lucado wrote the following in the introduction of his book called, "In the Grip of Grace" a book based on the truths discovered in Romans.
"Martin Luther called Romans 'the chief part of the New Testament and truly the purest gospel.' In 1515, Martin Luther went from a man of torment to a man of great faith.
God used the book of Romans to change the lives of Luther, John Wesley, John Calvin, William Tyndale, Saint Augustine, and millions of others. There is every reason to think he'll do the same for you."
John Bunyan in 1653, John Wesley in 1738, and Karl Barth in 1918 were never the same after they studied the book of Romans. These are but a few men who led great spiritual movements which left their marks on world history.
Today I want us to look at the heart of a man who was changed to the core by Jesus. We will look at Paul's heart for the Gospel, his heart for the people and we will finish up with what motivated Paul's heart for God, Gospel and the people by looking at the theme of the book of Romans.
The letter was written by the apostle Paul during the winter of 58 A.D.
The letter begins with some biographical information about the man who shook the world with the Gospel. READ VERSE 1.
The writer calls himself a bond-servant of God. A huge percentage of the Roman world was enslaved. A bond-servant was one who had no control of their life; they were at the mercy of their master. They were totally dependent on their master for everything.
The bond-servant was to be totally submissive to the will of their master! Paul is saying that he has given himself up to Jesus in this manner.
The introduction to any of Paul's Epistles is worthy of the
Closest scrutiny; not to find out if there is any error in his theology, but in order to become instructed in the greatest secret of the Christian life.
And old Scotchman said one time to his friend, who was going to hear a grea ...
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