by Marvin D. Patterson

The Church that is Blessed of God!
Marvin Patterson
Romans 15:1-7

I hope this message will be a blessing to you!
Three friends decided to go hunting together. One was a lawyer, one a doctor, and the other a preacher. As they were walking, along came a big buck. The three of them shot simultaneously. Immediately the buck dropped to the ground and all three rushed up to see how big it actually was. Upon reaching it they found out that it was dead but had only one bullet hole. Thus a debate followed concerning whose buck it was. 5 minutes later a game officer came by and asked what the problem was. The doctor told him their reason for the debate. The officer told them he would take a look and tell them who shot it. 5 seconds later he said he knew who shot the buck. He said with much confidence, "The pastor shot the buck!" They all wondered how he knew that so quickly. The officer said, "Easy. The bullet went in one ear and out the other." I hope this message will not go through one ear and out the other.
We have learned many wonderful truths from this marvelous Book of Romans. If you will remember, Paul had never visited Rome at the time of this writing, so he is instructing the Christians at Rome on the great doctrines of the Christian Faith, the role of the Nation of Israel, and now the practicalities of the Christian life. Later on, Paul would visit this great Capital of the world, and eventually be imprisoned there twice, with the last occurrence resulting in His martyrdom. Church history says that the Roman Emperor Nero cut Paul's head off shortly after Paul wrote the second epistle to Timothy.

As we get into the fifteenth chapter of Romans, we see that Paul is still exhorting the Church to keep the unity at all costs. Paul knew that when churches had cliques and gossiping, and criticizing, that that church was doomed for destruction. A church loses its power and the blessings of God upon it when the members cannot get along with ...

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