by Rick Ferguson

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A Solid Place to Stand: A Doctrinal Survey of the Book of Romans (2 of 42)
Why Make a Commitment to a Local Church
Rick Ferguson
Romans 1:8-17

Introduction: Before coming to Denver I served 7 years as the Pastor of the 1st Baptist Church of DeSoto Missouri. DeSoto was a town of about 6,000 people, and it had 34 churches in it (give or take two or three on any given Sunday). In fact, it had 5 Southern Baptist Churches.

Once a month, on a Saturday morning, all the churches in that town held what had come to be called down through the years... "The Churchmen's Breakfast." (That name kind of became a problem when the Methodist Church and the Church of Christ Church got women pastors... but the committee for the Churchmen's Breakfast met and voted unanimously to keep calling it the ChurchMEN'S breakfast even if some women preachers were attending... They were not too concerned about being "Politically Correct" in DeSoto Missouri)

I tell that story to you because I like the name of that breakfast... THE CHURCHMAN'S BREAKFAST. In that community, there was something noble and good about belonging to a local church and being a faithful supporter of that local church. There was something valuable and noble about being a CHURCHMAN.

I believe the Apostle Paul was a CHURCHMAN. He gave his entire life to...
• Planting churches
• Organizing churches (by ordaining elders and deacons)
• Strengthening churches
• Teaching and discipling churches

About two thirds of our New Testament is made up of letters the Apostle Paul wrote to strengthen and encourage churches in various cities around the world.

The Book Of Romans is such a letter. It was written by Paul to the Church in Rome.

Romans 1:7 says, "To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:"

NOTE: Actually there were probably several house churches meeting in the Capital City of Rome. And though Paul had never traveled to Rome, he deeply longed to visit the churches in Rome ...

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