August 29, 2011

Today you should read: Romans 1:1-17

The Gospel is never to be left behind…

“Ok Romans, here we come!” Our journey through the book of Romans begins today, and what a passage to begin with!!

The letter begins with Paul’s introduction. Paul, right away, qualifies himself as well as shares his purpose in life (v1). He basically says, “I was set apart, by Jesus, as the last ‘apostle’ to proclaim the message that you are about to hear!”

Paul goes further by proclaiming that “this gospel of God” was the thing that was promised all the way from the Old Testament. He shares that Jesus Christ was the promised, coming Messiah who was fully man and was the Son of God! (v. 2-4)

Paul then writes that his goal as an apostle is to bring about obedience of all people, which begins with the gospel and is for the purpose of…don’t miss this…for the purpose of, Jesus Christ’s glory!!! (v. 5-6).

In verses 8-13 Paul expresses his longing to visit Rome and have ministry among them as well as be encouraged by them.

And lastly in verses 14-17, Paul brings it home. These are powerful words!! Don’t miss this. In verse 14 he says that he is under obligation, by the command of Jesus Christ, to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles! Hey guess what…so are you.

In verses 16-17 (skipping verse 15 for a second) Paul writes some of the most famous words in the Bible. It is a warrior’s battle cry!! He says, “I am not ashamed! I am not scared! I’m not timid in front of my family, friends, or anyone else! I will share the gospel!” But he also shows why he is so eager to do so. It is because the gospel is the power of God to save sinners.

Finally, in verse 15 Paul says, to believers, that he is eager to bring the gospel to them!?!?! Why? They’re believers!!? Why do they need the gospel? Here’s why, because the gospel is what changes lives, not only for salvation, but for the rest of your life as well!! This is so important, and this is where I want to land today.

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”

The gospel is the good news that Christ died for sins. When we accept this truth, we are saved from the penalty of our sin, because Christ took the punishment for us. That is good news indeed!

But, the good news doesn’t stop there. After we are saved we will face temptations (most of the time without knowing it) to believe lies. We will believe that God’s opinion of us is based on what we do, how we act, how we’ve screwed up, how many quiet-times we’ve had, whether we’ve had a good week or not, etc. We base His opinions of us, and His love for us, on ever-changing subjective thoughts, feelings, and actions. We also allow our guilt and shame to cause us to believe lies. And we don’t even know we are doing it! All of a sudden an all-loving, fully-pleased, wrath-satisfied, and faithful God becomes a disappointed, distant, displeased, and impatient God who does nothing but shake his head in disappointment. Can you relate?

Well, here’s the truth. If you have repented of your sinful nature and put your faith in Christ as your Lord and Savior, then the Gospel applies to you. And God’s love for you is only conditional upon ONE THING, and that is Christ’s death on the cross. I know that this seems too good to be true. But you have to force yourself to believe truth. That is why it is such amazing grace! It is the gospel! The good news! And you need the truth of it every day! Never leave it behind! Christ said, “It is finished!” and indeed it is.

That’s why I believe Paul wanted to bring the Gospel to people who were already “saved.” Because the message never ceases to work in our lives and they needed it. Do you need the truth of the gospel today? Believe it.

Posted by: Sam Cirrincione

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

12 thoughts on “August 29, 2011”

  1. Yes, I need God’s word today and everyday! Thank you, Sam, for a wonderful reminder of God’s love and grace.

  2. Thank you to my wife for reminding me to read this today : )

    Thank you to Sam for getting this party started right!!!

  3. Day One of Romans. Check! (I know I”ve been MIA, but it’s a start….)
    Two ways in which this reading applies to my day thus far. There was a FB post on KY Moms that said: “It’s not who you are that’s holding you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” Totally goes along with Sam’s Walk A Way. I’ve struggled as a perfectionist to try to be perfect or make everything look perfect. Problem is, not everything is perfect, I just have to do my best and remember my successes. Everytime I focus on my failures I’m not looking at God which causes me to fail again…
    Second, is that even before I read this passage and Sam’s commentary I was working on my school work. My grad classes start back up today and I was trying to get a head start. I SHOULD have done jumpstart first, but I’m glad I didn’t…I’m taking 2 classes (which shouldn’t be done while trying to be a mom and a full time employee) and I was trying to get some easy preliminary homework turned in before the first class tonight. We have to introduce ourselves and tell about something in our lives. Going to Brazil made that easy because it was totally life changing and I’ve shyed away from sharing my “religious side” from a lot of people. But Brazil breaks that barrier and I shared with the discussion board of the class that I did participate in a mission trip and not only did God reveal Himself to me a little bit more while I was away, but I got to SEE HIM at work and HELP out that work. SO…needless to say me sharing that with them, well to even TYPE out G-O-D to people I don’t know was a big step. I proclaim my faith on my FB and my personal pages where people know me, but not to a bunch of people I’ve never met yet…you know? because I’ve always been afraid of being judged or classified as one of “those” people 🙂 I went more indepth on a paper submitted only to the professor as an AH-HA moment of children following directions in class to US following directions in Romans 10:9 and while I’m sure it’s TOTALLY not what she was looking for in the context of teaching reading and writing…it’s out there!! With that being said, and relating it to Sam’s mesage: You can’t be ashamed to share! As Tim says, Lost people will behave like lost people, but I am a child of God and I am to be SET APART. In today’s world we want everyone to do the work for us…but we have to do this for ourselves. Setting yourself apart isn’t easy and it isn’t always fun. But I KNOW it will be worth it when we get to spend eternity with our Savior in Heaven!!!

    Sorry for the long message, friends!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful day!! See you tomorrow!!!!

  4. I am so excited to be in the book of Romans. It is one of my favorite books for sure! Today’s walk away for me is that I need the truth of the Gospel everyday!!!

  5. Love these verses: 11For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.

    This was so true this past weekend on the whitewater rafting trip. It was so encouraging to be surrounded by men, desperately seeking a deeper walk with the Lord. Thanks Zack, Tim, Todd, Robbie, Pete and Greg for sharing your spiritual gifts.

  6. Sam , thanks for your words of encouragement , Romans is one of my favorite books . Can’t wait each day to get into His Word and yes we need to apply the Gospel to our lives every day . We need to read it and apply it to our hearts and let it flow out to others who need it so desperately . I need to share more with others on a day to day basis. God didn’t intend for us to keep it to ourselves . Pray for me as I for you.

  7. To take the words of TWehrle Bird BOOM!! Wow what a start to Romans. I like some have jumped back onto the train and am so excited about doing this with you all again!

    That said I absolutely love verses 16-17 “16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[c] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

    First THANK YOU JESUS for providing workers who were unashamed of the Gospel because it was brought to me and I am saved by your loving sacrifice!

    Second, “For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed…”The righteous will live by faith.”

    How often do we live faithless lives? I was going over my notes from yesterday and reflecting on how many times I live without faith. Peter did it a lot, Phillip, and all the disciples did at one time or another, and so do I. God has provided me so much and there are times when I question if He will get me through it. Then I read Sam’s comments and just like I so often fall into satans trap of “You see, you need to do this on your own. You don’t need God” I’m brought back by the revelation revealed to me through the Gospel. I can’t do anything on my own. It’s by faith, believing in something I can’t see, that I am deemed righteous. Church do you believe in a God you can’t see? Do you have a faith the size of a mustard seed to tell a mountain to move from here to there?

    Then I’m convicted of how sometime’s I am ashamed…I get scared of what people will think, or say, or do. Once again satans trap to stop me from sharing the Gospel that is the power of God for the salvation of EVERYONE.

    Church let’s be a body that lives by faith and is unashamed of it. Someone was unashamed to share with you so why don’t we do the same!! Blessings and I can’t wait to see how this book will bless our church!!

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