This week, Pastor Chris started our series in Romans called The Power of the Gospel. The book of Romans is known as one of the most important books for understanding the rest of the Biblical narrative. We unpacked God’s heart for us to be bondservants of Christ, devoted to the Lord because of a deep understanding of His love for us.

“When anyone understands this Epistle, he has a passage opened to him to the understanding of the whole Scripture.” John Calvin

“All roads in the Bible lead to Romans, and all views afforded by the Bible are seen most clearly from Romans, and when the message of Romans gets into a person’s heart there is no telling what may happen.” J.I. Packer

Romans is “the most important theological, Christian work ever written.” John Piper

“This epistle [Romans] is really the chief part of the New Testament and is truly the purest gospel. It is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but also that he should occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul. We can never read it or ponder over it too much; for the more we deal with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes.” Martin Luther

1. The Good News

Romans 1:1 (ESV)
1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

Exodus 21:5-6 ESV
But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to God, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall be his slave forever.

A Bondservant Refers to…
• One bound to another out of love.
• One who is in a relation to another which only death can break.
• One whose will does the will of another.
• One who serves another even to the disregard of his own interests.

Galatians 1:10 (NKJV)
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Colossians 4:12 (NKJV)
12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

James 1:1 (NKJV)
1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings.

2 Peter 1:1 (NKJV)
1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

2 Corinthians 4:5 (NKJV)
5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.

Revelation 1:1-2 (AMP) [This is] the revelation of Jesus Christ [His unveiling of the divine mysteries]. God gave it to Him to disclose and make known to His bond servants certain things which must shortly and speedily come to pass [a]in their entirety. And He sent and communicated it through His angel (messenger) to His bond servant John, 2 Who has testified to and vouched for all that he saw [[b]in his visions], the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Surrender: To yield to the power of another; to give or deliver up possession upon compulsion.

Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost for His Highest”
“Has that breaking of my independence come? All the rest is religious fraud. The one point to decide is— will I give up? Will I surrender to Jesus Christ, placing no conditions whatsoever as to how the brokenness will come? I must be broken from my own understanding of myself. When I reach that point, immediately the reality of the supernatural identification with Jesus Christ takes place. And the witness of the Spirit of God is unmistakable— “I have been crucified with Christ . . . .”

• Renounce other masters.
• Identify ourselves with Jesus.
• Discover His will and live according to it.
• Consciously turn away from conflicting interests even if they used to be important.

Romans 1:1 (ESV)
1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

• Apostle means “one who is sent.”

Romans 1:2 (ESV)
2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,

Ezekiel 36:25–27 (ESV)
25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

2. The Promised Messiah

Romans 1:3-4 (ESV)
3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

Jesus is the…
• Son of God.
• The Resurrected Lord.
• The Promised Messiah.

The Good News about Jesus Christ…
• He came as a human by natural descent.
• He was part of the Jewish royal line through David.
• He died and was raised from the dead.
• He opened the door for God’s grace and kindness to be poured out on us.

3. Privilege and Responsibility

Romans 1:5-6 (ESV)
5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

3. Loved and Called by God

Romans 1:7 (ESV)
7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Discussion Questions:

  1. The author of Romans, Paul, was a man striving for God’s favor through good works and knowledge of God. Are there ways you stive for God’s favor?
  2. Reread the “A Bondservant refers to…” section of the sermon notes. How does this differ from striving for God’s favor?
  3. We are privileged and responsible with the grace of God- privileged that we are called to belong to Jesus, and responsible to obey (Rom. 1:5-6). Are there areas of you heart or life you are not in full obedience to Jesus?
  4. Is there something you need to surrender so that you can fully obey the Lord?

Application Questions:

  1. This week, sit with the Lord and ask Him to search your heart. Ask Him to show any ways you may have a gap between your head knowledge and your heart knowledge of His love. Spend time repenting for anything He brings up. Ask the Lord to fill in the gap and help you deeply grasp His love for you!

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