Romans 1:1-12 by Pastor Don Moore

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Romans 1:1-12 by Pastor Don Moore

These are notes from our Friday afternoon Bible Study taught April 22, 2011 by Pastor Don Moore

Jesus rolled our stone away and we are still sitting in our tombs.

Romans 1:1-5  Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,

There is so much information in this passage.   We have received Grace through the Work of Christ, it is more than unmerited favor, for grace implies empowerment.  The apostleship is not new, for Jesus built His church through the sent ones, the ones sent to carry out the will of God in obedience and faith.

Pastor Don pointed out what a miracle that was, that who the people of His day perceived to be an obnoxious Carpenter believed that His Gospel was going to be preached globally.  We need to give our will over to His will.  When we are willing and obedient we will eat from the good of the land.

ALL NATIONS for HIS NAME – purposeful authority of His Name.

Romans 1:6-7  among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is a letter by Paul to those who are called to be saints.

Romans 1:8-9 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole worldFor God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,

To all the whole world.  Remember, Paul prays without ceasing.

Romans 1:10 making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.

Notice this important point – Paul wants to visit them, but only if it is in the WILL OF GOD.

We have a habit of saying if it is in the will of God, but for things that we should know are the will of God.  For example, when people pray for the sick to recover they often say if it is the will of God.  Of course healing is the will of God, but our unbelief can block the healing.  We need to know what God has promised those who obey Him.  We can find the blessings in Deuteronomy 28 and 30 to see the curses and the blessings.

For Paul, he is speaking about a specific will of God toward his circumstance – whether or not he will be able to visit the Romans.  He doesn’t know when, how, or the circumstances, but he hopes to visit.

When we know the Father’s will it is correct to pray the will of God.

It is incorrect to ask God for something good and then ask if it is His will.  It is ALWAYS His will to give you good, if HE gets the glory for it.

Romans 1:11-12 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

Paul wants to minister the prophetical office of apostle to them.  He wants to impart a prophetic Word by the laying on of hands.

If God gives you the urge to govern, a job, a venture, a church, a relationship, He examines the fruit of it, and if it glorifies Him, He opens the door for us.

We want to obey Him.

Rome, at that time, was filled with fleshy meat eaters, and Paul was setting the stage for his arrival.  He would be put under house arrest and during this time write a lot of his letters to the churches.

Hope this blesses you.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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