Series Beginning NextMess

Date: November 30, 2014
Title: The Call of God
Passage: Romans 1:1-12
Speaker: Bob Corbin

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* Exactly one year ago, on the 1st Sunday of Advent, we began a series on the Gospel of Mark - considering the Message, Ministry and Mediation of our Lord Jesus Christ
* Last week, we finished our series on the book of Leviticus. A book containing some of the laws given by God through Moses to His children Israel.
* Today, we begin a new journey into Paul's letter to the church of Rome.
* Many would state that this Epistle would be the New Testament counterbalance to the Mosaic Law - the epic legal document providing the foundation for the transition from law to grace. However, I believe we will discover that God's plan salvation all along has been an offering of grace to be received through faith ... and that the "law" was given primarily to protect and instruct us by our loving, benevolent Heavenly Father.
* Paul begins this epistle as he does many of his epistles with a theologically profound greeting - not one to be lightly skipped over.
* Hence, today we will consider the important implications of Paul's salutation.