Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Paul: The Gospel-Centered Man – Part 2

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,  Romans 1:1-6

B. The Message of Paul: The Gospel of God

1. The focus of the Apostle Paul: Nehemiah 6:3

– His confidence in the Holy Scriptures: Rom. 1:2 – Rom. 16:26

– His commitment to making disciples: Rom. 1:5 – Rom. 16:26

– His consuming passion for the Lord Jesus: Rom. 1:1-7, Rom. 16:25-26

2. The Gospel of God: Rom. 1:1

Four Characteristics of the Gospel of God

a. The Gospel of God cannot fail: Rom. 1:2, Titus 1:1-3, Heb. 6:13-20

b. The Gospel of God came through the Holy Scriptures: Rom. 1:2, Gen. 3:15, Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, Luke 24:25-27

c. The Gospel of God centers on the Lord Jesus Christ: Rom. 1:3-4

– His humanity & Kingship: Rom. 1:3, John 1:14, Jer. 23:5-6

– His deity & Sovereignty: Rom. 1:4, Phil. 2:5-11

d. The Gospel of God provides Good News for the World: Rom. 1:5-6, Luke 2:8-12, Luke 4:16-20