Paul In Rome
Preacher: Matt Hardy
Paul In Rome
1) God is Sovereign and will accomplish his will
a) The spread of his word
b) The salvation of his people
c) The glory of his name
2) There is no promise that life will be pleasant for us here
a) This is not your best life now
b) Sorry Joel Osteen Everyday is not a Friday
c) Jesus, Paul, Peter, Stephen, all the disciples
d) The Millions of martyrs around the world since
3) We are called to endure
a) 2 Timothy 4:6-8
4) Acts is a story about God
a) Not about Peter, Paul, or Stephen
b) God Alone is faithful and good
5) A call to the faithfulness of the ordinary by example of the extraordinary
a) We are called to obedience in the everyday
12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.
11 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”
20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
2 Timothy 3:16
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
Celebration Song List
CELEBRATE Who God Is
Come Thou Fount
All Creatures Of Our God And King
CONNECT Our Need for Christ
There Is A Fountain
COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion
I Need Thee
CONTRIBUTION of Praise
This Is Amazing Grace
Community Group Questions
QUESTION 1: In this section of scripture we see yet another record of the faithfulness of God in keeping His promises. Paul was told in Acts 23:11 that he would testify in Rome and that promise is fulfilled here. Please share some examples of God’s faithfulness in your own life. Has it occured like Paul perhaps, where the promise was fulfilled but maybe not like you expected? In what ways?
QUESTION 2: Paul maintains a deep hope for the Jews even up to the point of wearing chains for them. How do we foster such hope for the lost amongst us? Who are the people that we can lose hope for and how is that corrected? How does community encourage our hope?
QUESTION 3: The passage from Isaiah 6 serves as a warning for us. Acts 28:27 lists a diagnosis of what is wrong with those who did not believe. How do we as believers know when our hearts are growing dull, or our ears weak? Can you share a season in your life where you feel this was the case? Where can we find the assurance of our faith even in those seasons?
QUESTION 4: In this passage Paul is bringing a rebuke against his “Brothers”. How can a true godly rebuke be a blessing for those we are close to and why is still hard to do?
Have you noticed that at CPCoast our normal practice is to preach straight through a book or passage of scripture? What has your experience been with this type of “consecutive expository” preaching? Do you have any questions or thoughts?