Rom 1:16-17 Paul’s Confidence in the Gospel [sermon outline]

Rom 1:16-17 Paul’s Confidence in the Gospel

  • Intro to Topic
    • Ex: Confident-Cat and Scaredy-Bear… [yes the same illustration]
    • >>> That’s an example of confidence…
    • Topic: Christian Confidence in the Gospel…
    • Intro to Text:
      • >>>Paul’s confidence in the Gospel… 16a
      • Context: Rome, ingenius… “Paul, let us figure out a way to perfect it”
      • Ex: Roman Soldier formation… surrounded by boxes of Soldiers…
        • 1Cor 1:17, Gospel preaching to build church = foolish…
  • Q: Why was Paul so confident?
  • A: b/c he understood the Gospel and what it did…
  • Intro to Point:
    • FCF: “Shame” of the Gospel…
      • Def: Shame = embarrassment of the Gospel …
      • b/c don’t believe it’s effective to save… ashamed of the preaching…
  • Ex: Romans would say, “I doubt that the Gospel simply preached and understood could be a firm foundation for the church to build upon…
  • Thesis: God’s Gospel is the Answer!
  • Ex: Paul believed that Gospel was the answer…
  • Point: Have Paul’s confidence in the Gsoepl…
  • Define Point:
    • Q: Why Confidence in the Gospel?
    • A. The Gospel is the Answer…
    • 1. The Gospel’s Power
      • 16b, “The Power of God unto Salvation”
      • Q: Who chooses, us or God? A: God Gives us choice of him in G
      • Rom 1:5, “Obedience of Faith” >>>Command…
      • Ex: Coast Guard ocean rescue … Teather and latch to man in the ocean… drowning will pull you under without that tether… Need the power b/c without it your just as lost and useless…
      • Ex: Vine and branches… energy from the stalk… Apart from me
      • >>>Paul Confident because of the Power of the Gospel
      • Make Real: understand and deny… then You suddenly believe
  • 2. The Gospel’s Universality
    • 16c, “To the Jew first and also to the Greek…”
    • Background:
      • Jews thought they did not need the Gospel b/c they had the Law…
      • >>>Paul says, they do… b/c of sin… So, “It’s to Jews first!”
      • Ex: 2:11-12, No partiality… the Law condemns all!
      • Ex: Acts 11: Cornelius and Peter… “Now I know that God does not show partiality…” no ethnic specialness, all sinners…
      • Point: The Gospel is universally applicable b/c all under sin…
        • Ex: Trin Gospel.. Ill: Judge Father… Son Aquital.. HS App
  • 3. The Gospel’s Revelation
    • v 17a: Life, death, burial, res, return of Jesus…
    • >>>God’s Righteousness applied by faith…
    • >>>no human work can improve our condition…
    • 17b, Hab. 2:4, OT Hope to Stand before God on J-day
    • Aquitted by God’s Justice not ours…
      • Rom 3:26, “Just/justifier” in penalty paid and application
      • Point: The Gospel answers the deepest human condition…
      • Ex: Jesus, “What good is it if you gain the whole world in this life but lose your soul for all eternity…” Mat 16:26, Mark 8:3
      • Ex: Rich man “Luke 12:19-20  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘  (20)  “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’
      • ***Each of us will bow before God on J-day…
      • Hab 2:4… What will you say?
      • Q: The Righteousness of Jesus or me!
      • Apply Point: have confidence in the Gospel…
        • Ex: Paul’s confidence so strong –didn’t  speak directly to problems but just the straightforward exposition of the Gospel to work…
        • >>>Romans itself is the great illustration
        • We say, “Paul that’s foolish!”
        • Paul says, “Yes, but it’s the power of God, the universal need, and the deepest need of all mankind!
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