by Jerry Watts

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Do You Really Care? (28 of 49)
Series: Romans- God's Glorious Gospel
Jerry Watts
Romans 9:1-5

• The 1960's were a tumultuous time in America. Riots, Rebellion and Race Relations were the issues which this country faced. In this midst of this time, teenagers became disenchanted with the institutional church as they felt the church was both hypocritical and irrelevant. It was this culture which gave birth to the "Jesus movement." Coming largely from the hippie culture, those who identified themselves with this movement were called "Jesus people" or "Jesus freaks." As we might guess (and even some remember) the institutional church, as a whole, frowned on the entire movement. As an aside, if given another opportunity, because of the history of these past 20-30 years the organized church might well view that movement a little differently.
• However, because of the unrest among the young people, new music began written, sung, and published. In 1967 Broadman Press released one of the first (of what would become a phenomenon) "Youth Musicals." This musical was entitled, "Good News." The interesting thing about this particular musical was that 8 years later the song of invitation and commitment from this musical was granted "hymn-status". (Read words)
• So the question I ask us today is this; "What do I care about?" or "Who do I care about?" As I have prepared for this message, I read sermons of a number of preachers. One preacher offered these thoughts, "We cry when our dog gets run over, but are unmoved by our friend who is outside of Christ. Parents shed tears when their daughter comes down the aisle to be married and are insensitive about her coming down the aisle to be saved." The question is, "Do we really care?" The Apostle Paul cared.
• Today we continue our study of Romans. We turn to Chapter 9, reading verses 1-5. Be reminded that Paul has just ended the previous section on the spiritual high of saying, "nothing has the power to separa ...

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