by Chris Walls

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What's in a Name? (1 of 47)
Chris Walls
Romans 1:1-15


Present Credentials

Do Credentials tell about the person?

Paul is writing to a people that do not know him that well. They possible had heard about Paul, but had no personal contact with him until this time. Paul could have presented himself in any number of ways that would have given some credibility with the people of Rome.

Paul could of presented his credentials of a man that was born a Jew, was trained by Gamaliel and was a Pharisee. This would have given him instant credibility with the Jewish Christians in the Roman Church.

Paul could have talked about his calling on the road to Damascus to be a witness of the gospel to the Gentiles and how he lived in Nabatean Arabia for three years while be taught by the Holy Spirit.

You know it is easy to present credentials, but training only teaches a person. All training takes is time, money, and studying. Does training necessarily make the individual a person that has credentials?

For Paul in Romans, his credentials are in his name and how he introduces himself.

I. Who You are

Paul calls himself a Bondservant—GK—"Doulos"—the common NT word for servant. Although in Greek culture it is most often referred to the involuntary, permanent service of a slave. Paul elevates this word by using it in its Hebrew sense to describe a servant who willingly commits himself to serve a master he loves and respects.

This is how Paul starts the description of himself as someone who is a voluntary servant of God. He is saying that he willfully and knowingly has given himself totally to the will of God.

If you were to write an introduction about yourself what would you say about who you are?

Better yet, if someone else that knew you were to write a introduction about you what would they say?

II. What You Do

Paul was called to be an Apostle which in the Greek means, "one who is sent." In the NT it primarily refers t ...

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