Part 1 – Paul, A Servant of Jesus Christ
Series: The Book of Romans
Lesson: Part 1 – A Servant of Jesus Christ
Speaker: Pr. Tommy Cutaran
Text: Romans 1:16-17 (KJV)
Service: New Life Bible Class
Date: April 14, 2016
BOOK OF ROMANS
Lesson No. 15 PAUL, A SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST Chapter 1
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
There is no dignity in being a servant but Paul chose to be called a servant of Jesus Christ…a well-known lawyer, a proud politician, a top level bureaucrat before his conversion would rather be called a servant. “Doulos” in the Greek actually translated “bondslave,” means “devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interest.” In this chapter, we shall learn about Paul the servant, the church in Rome and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
1. Paul, the bondslave (vv.1-6, 14). He is:
1.1. An apostle to the Gentiles (2 Tim. 1:11; Romans 15:16).
1.2. Separated unto the Gospel of God. Set apart for the Gospel (Rom. 1:1).
1.3. Called and set apart by God (vv.2-6). An appeal for God’s people to know that all of us are called by His grace to serve (v.6).
1.4. A debtor (bound by some duty) to all who do not know God (v.14).
2. The Church in Rome (vv.7-13). She is:
2.1. Called the beloved of God and saints (v.7). The term “beloved of God” must have been an expression of closeness with God.
2.2. They have a testimony of faith (v.8) – broadcast all over the known world.
2.3. They are always in Paul’s prayers (v.9) – a very important church to Paul.
2.4. The church in which Paul has been longing to visit (vv.10-13) –
To establish them in the faith; To bear fruits among them; and To evangelize (v.15).
Is this not what the ekklesia of the Lord should be? What happened to the ekklesia in Rome later is pathetic and mind-boggling. The Roman Catholic Church became the result of it. We do really wonder why until we read the Seven Churches of the Book of Revelations. This should be a solemn reminder to all of us to continue on and be steadfast. This also makes us realize how powerful Satan is and the world.
3. The Gospel of Jesus Christ (v.16) –
3.1. The Gospel is the “dynamo” of God for the conversion of sinners to Christ.
3.2. The Gospel is the single greatest need of everyone to be accepted by God.
3.3. The Gospel is the story of the life of Christ, His death, resurrection, and coming again (1 Cor. 15:1-5)
4. Like Paul, we must be bold without shame in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ (vv.16-17).
Like Paul, let us be servants of God. It is our highest privilege and honor. Humble but bold; friendly but firm; and steadfast and abounding. A bondslave. What is a bondslave?
“He has no will of his own;
He has no wish of his own;
He has no plans of his own;
He has no purpose of his own;
He has no prerogative of his own;
He has lost himself completely in the service of his Master;
and He has resolved that he must serve Him unceasingly.”
Like the ekklesia in Rome, let us have the testimony of faith – an example of the grace of God, preaching the Gospel of our Lord with passion and love and realizing that we have been “put in trust with the Gospel” (1 Thessalonians 2:4).
—BMA’s Messages 04.17.16