Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 49)

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:20-21

It’s important as we study Romans that we don’t miss God’s purpose when He inspired Paul to write it. God is revealing Himself to those He created in His “image” and “likeness” (Genesis 1:26-27).

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 48)

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse …” Romans 1:20

At the end of the last part of our study in Romans I said we would look at six of the most powerful words in the Bible. Those words are “so that they are without excuse.” Who are “they” and what did Paul mean when he wrote that “they are without excuse”?

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Teaching Notes: On the Disciple’s Basic Eight

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

In our last Teaching Notes we began sharing some of the lessons taught during a discipleship seminar at churches more than 40 years ago. We addressed the Center, Goals and Outline of discipleship.

In this edition we are going to look at the Disciple’s Basic Eight.

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Teaching Notes: On Becoming A Disciple

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20

The resurrected Jesus stood before His disciples just before He ascended to Heaven. He had their attention. Jesus told His disciples to “go” and “make disciples” in the knowledge that He had “all authority” in heaven and on earth. The disciples knew what Jesus meant by “make disciples” because they were His disciples. They understood the process of becoming a “disciple” of Jesus Christ because He had done that with them. They knew it meant obeying (observing) everything Jesus had commanded them.

In this next section of Teaching Notes we will look at several parts of a discipleship seminar taught at churches during the mid-1970’s. I hope it will help you in your walk with Christ and invite you to share the notes with others who have a desire to be “committed followers” of Jesus.

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Teaching Notes: On A Portrait Of Jesus

Then He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” Luke 24:44-45

Following His resurrection, Jesus opened the understanding of His disciples so they would comprehend the Scriptures (Law of Moses, Prophets, Psalms) and see that the words in them were about Jesus. The Old Testament predicted a Messiah. The New Testament revealed that Jesus is the Messiah.

The entire Bible paints a beautiful “Portrait of Jesus.”

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