(Transcribed from actual tape) September 23, 1984 PM
LONGING TO GO
Hope you have your Bibles open. ..Romans, Chapter 15. Turn over and you'll
see how many chapters we have"left-. We might just go back and start over.
Because we've missed a bunch. Tonight we'll begin with Verse 22 and go
through Verse 33. Let's bow for prayer together.
"Father, thank You for Your presence in this service, for the joy and the
fun and the spontaneity of worship. For the privilege of celebrating, cele-
brating with Thee. We praise You, Lord. We love You, Lord. We adore You.
We honor You. Now, I pray, not vainly or tritely, but, Lord, I ask that
You will speak and let me get out of the way s-n tha-t, Thy ward, and Thy holy
and divine message might not only be heard, but may it be received and under-
stood and incorporated into our lives. For we pray in Jesus' name. Amen."
He decided to spend the winter in Corinth. In all probability he couldn't
see very well. His eyes were dimmed. His body was scarred. Many believe
he certainly was stooped over and could not stand straight up. But the
winter in Corinth would be a lonely experience, except he had a commission.
He had a mandat e to write a letter to the church at Rome. He'd never been
to Rome. But he felt somehow he had been there before. And so he picked up
his pen, and,I believe very carefully and very prayerfully, wrote a letter
to those Christians in the church at Rome. He poured out his heart inspired
by the Holy Spirit. I do not think Paul had any idea that scholars for
thousands of years following that event would study this letter, contemplate
its words, and recognize that it is indeed the Christian manifesto. And
so we've looked at the ...
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