From Today’s Sermon on Romans 1:1-7

In Romans 1:1, Paul says he is “separated to the gospel of God.”  Since this gospel is the “gospel of God,” meaning, “sent by God,” it reminds us that God is central not only in the Gospel message itself but also in the ministry of the church and her preachers that obey and proclaim it.

The problem is that we see God and his gospel as something that belongs to us rather than seeing ourselves as belonging to God and to his gospel.  This is why we often become focused on ourselves when it comes to his service.  We put down the seeker-sensitive churches (and rightly so) for selling out to the culture and abandoning the true mission of the church, but often we are guilty of the same thing.  When we view the church more as a social club how are we any different?  When we view God as a being who has obligated himself to grant our wishes rather than a being who has purchased us and made us his own, fit for his service, how are we being true to the calling of the Gospel?  We need a radical change in the way we view God, his gospel, and ourselves and until we do we will never be all that God has created us to be and intends for us to be.

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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