Magnifying Jesus

Paul introduces himself by stating his divine call (v. 1), the message that he has been called to proclaim (vv. 2–4), and the specific task with which he is occupied (vv. 5–6). Finally comes the address in v. 7a, followed by the usual Pauline salutation in v. 7b. The length and theological orientation of this prescript are due mainly to the fact that Paul was introducing himself to a church that he had neither founded nor visited. He wanted to establish his credentials as an apostle with a worldwide commission to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.
January 15, 2017
Romans 1:1
LakeRidge Baptist Church
Delivered by Raif Turner

Outline
Introduction — New Testament Greetings
I. Paul the Man
A. Background (Acts 21:39; 22:3; 23:6)
B. Conversion (Acts 9, 22, 26)
C. Spiritual Condition (1 Cor 14:18; 2 Cor 11:22-12:4; Phil 3:4-14)

II. Paul the Bond-Slave (Romans 1:1)
Paul’s description of himself as Christ’s servant accomplishes several things:
1. Puts him in the same category as those to whom he is writing
2. Emphasizes that his chief function as a disciple of Christ is service
3. Reminds his readers that he is a servant of Christ first and a servant of man second—and that he is writing to them in this capacity

Conclusion — When Jesus Is Magnified
Isaiah 6; Phil 1:20; John 3:30

Bible Text
Romans 1:1 (NKJV)
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God

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