A must see sermon on ‘The Gospel’ by Dr. Steve Lawson (a teaching from Romans 1:1-17)

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Most of my ‘mentors at large’ are old dead men, but Dr. Steven J. Lawson is one of my postmodern ‘mentors at large.’ Lord let it be Your will that I might continue preaching Your Gospel to many each day (as well as others).

This message is exclusively for those that are saved, not to those that are still lost.

SIDE NOTE: Regarding verse 25, as I’ve said elsewhere.

Many wrongfully interpret Romans 1:25 as speaking only of so-called atheists, or homosexuals, or those blatant sinners; or those other extremes.
“because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”
But the truth is, when you study this in the Greek, every man (myself included) is somehow guilty of this sin ‘worshiped’ (sebazomai). And the worship of this “creation” (ktisis) is anyone, anything, any noun or pronoun, or anything that was created. And this ‘creation’ (ktisis) here is not just bad things, or extremists that worship trees, owls, dolphins and turtles etcetera. This ‘creation’ (ktisis) could be our cellphones, our loved ones, our pets, babies, children or grandchildren. It can be any human being from the womb to the tomb, from the cradle to the grave. It could even be a politician (democrat or republican).
We’re all guilty. But here’s the ironic part. Many that ‘profess’ to be Christian are not repenting from this sin of ‘worshiping the creation,’ but rather they continually sin with no repentance.
I would encourage everyone to study all 32 verses of Romans chapter 1. Whether you be the direct transgressor mentioned in the middle of the chapter, or the peripheral acquiescor in the last verse, verse 32, examine yourself.
“Examine ourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 6 I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test” (2 Corinthians 13:5-6).
If you’re saved, the Lord would have granted you repentance, and new desires of your heart. If you’re saved, you will hate your own sins, and not just the sins of others. My sins are repulsive to me, but I mustn’t worship me, I must know how repulsive they are to the Lord. My worship must be vertical, not horizontal.

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