Death of a Society - Romans 1:28-32

Father in Heaven, thank you for this opportunity to look into your word. In many ways this is a very unique time for us to spend together as men. And I pray that you will use this study, may your word pierce our hearts, may your word renew our minds and may your word really challenge our wills. Father, we commit this time to you, in Jesus name, amen.

 

As I begin, I feel like I need to just welcome those who watch us live around the world. If you’re watching right now live wherever you are, we welcome you and are thrilled that you’re spending this time with us. It’s amazing too how many women are watching this thing.

 

Romans 1. We’re in Romans 1. I promise you we’re going to finish Romans 1, all right? But as John McArthur says, deeper is better than shallower, slower is better than faster. That’s kind of what we’re doing here a little bit. We’re in Romans 1:28. And as you know we’re in this larger section that we would just call condemnation. Before we get to salvation there has to be condemnation. Before the good news there has to be bad news. That’s where are. This is absolutely necessary.

 

Beginning in verse 28 Paul writes these very sobering words. “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind. To do the things which are not proper. Being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice. They are gossips. Slanderers. Haters of God. Insolent, arrogant, boastful. Inventors of evil. Disobedient to parents. Without understanding. Untrustworthy. Unloving. Unmerciful. And although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”

 

I mean this is about as sobering as it gets. I tried to think of a title to put on this, which really ends up being succinctly summarizing the big idea. What this is is the death of a society. It’s the death of a culture. It’s the death of a nation. It’s the death of an empire. It’s the death of a kingdom. That’s what this is.

 

So it raises the question can any nation survive without God? Can any society function without God? Can any culture operate without God? Is there any hope for a people to live together collectively in cites, in countrysides, in halls of legislation, in halls of judicial court decisions, can any collective group of people survive without God in the center?

 

The reference here is not a church. It is the larger picture. And what we see here is a nation, is a culture, is a society in a death spiral. To say that they’re on the slippery slope is not even graphic enough. But metaphorically this is the slippery slope. It just goes down and down and it picks up speed. There’s an acceleration in which it unwinds and unravels like a cheap sweater. I mean you pull on that string and suddenly the whole sleeve just unravels. It increases in the intensity and the speed with which it just self-destructs. And that’s exactly what we see here.

 

As we look at this, I want to begin in verse 28 and just kinda walk us through this. But let me just give you the lay of the land. At the beginning of verse 28 is the rejection. There is the rejection of God. Then in the second half of verse 28 there is the reprobation. Which is the abandonment of God. God giving over. Then in verses 29 to 31 is the results. This is the bottom of the toilet. This is where this thing ends up. And then in verse 32 is the reinforcement.    

 

Without this there’s no way we could understand the world in which we live. You’re not going to hear this any place other than this Bible study or some other Bible study that’s teaching the word of God. You’re not going to get this any place else. In many ways this is totally antithetical. This is totally counterintuitive to every other world view. This alone is unique to the mind of God that is now revealed to us.

 

I.               THE REJECTION

 

Let’s begin with verse 28 and the rejection. “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer.” The thing that piques my curiosity is who is the they? I woke up this morning and I just took my little ballpoint pen and I just traced this river upstream. To see what are the antecedents of they. Who is this they? Because whoever this they is, this is bad.

 

I just started drawing circles around they working my way back up. Verse 26, “For this reason God gave them over.” Their women acknowledge. Verse 27, “Their desire towards one another.” “Their error.” In verse 25, “They exchanged the knowledge of God for a lie.” Verse 24, “God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity so that their bodies would be dishonored.” But you keep tracing it back upstream to verse 22, “They became fools.” In verse 21, “Even though they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks. They became futile in their foolish speculations.” Verse 20, “They are without excuse.” I mean verse 19, “That which is known about God is evident within them for God made it evident to them.”

 

I mean you have to get back to verse 18 before you actually have a definitive antecedent that tells us who in the world is this. In verse 18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.” This is very collective. These are those who are outside the kingdom of God. And this is not to suggest that everyone becomes a lesbian and everyone becomes a homosexual and everyone is the fulfillment of this, because this isn’t saying he or she. This is they. This is the big picture. The collective society that is represented here in different ways with different people to different degrees and different societies crossing the line in the sand at different times because of different issues. But there is one primary reason for this. One and only one. It is because they reject God. You reject God and it sends you into this tailspin. You reject God and God will reject those people. It’s like the eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. You reject God and what we will see, God will reject that people.

 

Now within these nations, within these cultures, within these societies God always has a remnant. There is a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. There are believers. God has his people in every place. What we will is the only solution for this is what we looked at in verses 1 through 17. The only way to come out of the death spiral is with the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to reverse the curse. To send this in a different direction. You can’t legislate your way out of this. You can’t judicially render verdicts out of this. You can’t alter the economy, build up the military, tear down the military. I mean whatever. There’s no way out of this death spiral. Apart from the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

When he says, just as verse 28, “They did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer,” it’s not he or she, it's they. And is speaking of a larger collection, a society. Anywhere on the globe.

 

Now this is a constant theme in this opening section of rejecting God. It began in verse 18, at the end of verse 18. “Men who suppress the truth.” The truth is made known to them. And they choose to suppress it. To hold it down. To cover it over. And then it comes into verse 21. “Even though they knew God, they did not honor him as God.” And then you come to verse 23. “They exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form – and it’s all kinds of just gross idolatry. You then come to verse 25 and it’s just third verse, same as the first. Verse 25, “They exchange the truth of God for a lie.” Tthis stream just continues to flow and becomes this mighty river. When the Mississippi River starts it’s kind of a trickle. By the time it gets to New Orleans and pours out into the Gulf of Mexico it’s huge. And that’s exactly what’s going on here. This thing is just building up speed. And it’s now spilling over its banks.

 

We come to verse 28. This is the fourth time in these verses he has stressed the intentional deliberate premeditated rejection of God. “Just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer.” Which means they had the knowledge about God. They had the truth about God. In fact, verse 18 says, God’s made himself known to every human being on planet earth through general revelation. How much more so a nation like this that has had far more than general revelation? Has had special revelation. There has never been a nation in the history of mankind that has had so much special revelation as the United States of America. The pulpits, Christian television, Christian radio, Christian Bible colleges, Christian publishing houses, churches on every corner,etc, etc, etc. There has never been a nation that has had more direct special revelation and no generation, no nation has ever so resolutely rejected the knowledge of God as this nation. None.

 

The number one priority is you shall have no other gods before me. The number one priority is to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these other things will be added unto you. There is no more serious sin than the rejection of God. That’s the tipping point. That’s the pivotal intersection. The rejection of God. It’s not lesbianism. It's not homosexuality. It’s not these other things. That’s the result of rejecting God. God is always the issue for every generation in every nation in very culture and in every society. There is an all-out war against God right now. That’s where we find ourselves. And that’s where we are.

 

Just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer. We don’t want God in the public schools. We don’t want God in the courtroom. We don’t want God spoken in the public arena. We don’t even want to see the name God written on anything in a public place. It is the intentional repudiation of God. And it comes from the total depravity of the human heart. It does not come from a neutral heart.

 

That’s number one. The rejection. And this is precisely where we find ourselves today.

 

II.             THE REPROBATION

 

Second. The reprobation or the retribution. Whichever word you like. So there are consequences. Whatsoever man sows that shall he also reap. Whatsoever society sows that shall it also reap. Whatsoever a culture sows that shall it also reap.

 

Here is the reprobation. God gave them over. Those are chilling words. As you know it’s the third time he has said this. He said it is in verse 24, “God gave them over.” He said it in verse 26, “God gave them over.” Now verse 28, “God gave them over.” It is an intentional emphasis that he is making here. And this verb, gave them over – as I told you last time, it was used in Romans 4:25, in Romans 8:32, when Jesus was given over to judgment. To stand before Pilate to be condemned in our place for our sins. That is the meaning of this word. To be given over to judgement. The word is used in the book of Acts to be given over to prison. To be put into prison.

 

And I don’t know that we even have time, but I’m just going to give you the cross references on this. Acts 8:3. Acts 12:4. Acts 21:11. Acts 27:1. Acts 28:17. In every one of these instances the Christians were put into prison. They were locked up, put in chains and confined to prison. That’s what this Greek word means. To be put into prison, to be condemned, to be delivered over to judgement. That’s exactly what this word means.

 

When it says God gave them over, it means that God has delivered them over to judgement. To condemnation. And has further imprisoned them in their own sins. Where they cannot get out. They are now locked up in their sin. It’s a chilling thing.

 

Now here’s what I want you to see. In second half of verse 28. “God gave them over to a depraved mind.” Your translation may say to a reprobate mind. This is the third time they have been given over to something. And again, it is this death spiral. At first, in verse 24, they were given over to sexual immorality. We passed that long ago, in the 60s. The sexual revolution. Then in verse 26 and 27 they were given over to lesbianism and homosexuality. We’ve passed that. Now in verse 28 it’s deeper. It’s a depraved mind. And what this means is the mind is rendered incapable of rational thought. The word means no longer fit for the intended purpose for which it was made. It means to be unable to think rationally and logically. You now begin to make the most insane decisions that you would have never made earlier. But now it’s almost like a drowning man being handed a bowling ball. It’s just taking him down. And you can’t get back up. While you’re holding the bowling ball. You can’t swim fast enough, strong enough, hard enough.

 

When a people, when a nation, when a culture, when a society hits this point, it’s virtually the point of no return. Apart from independent from some extraordinary divine intervention. And as long as there’s God there’s always hope. And we’ve talked about the only hope. And we’ll talk about it again. But we need to understand the seriousness of sin. We need to understand the death of death in sin.

 

Let’s see where this leads to. When you have now, when you reach this point of a depraved mind that is unable to think rationally – I mean you begin to make insane decisions. You come up with like transgender bathrooms. I mean is there anything more insane than that? And you decide, you know which gender you are. Each time you go to the bathroom. That’s a depraved mind. That’s a reprobate mind. That’s a mind that’s incapable of any sound thinking. And who knows what’s next? I mean Paul says there are things that are unlawful to even mention in public.

 

III.           THE RESULT

 

Note the result. Now verses 29 to 31, this is what you call a vice list. V I C E. a vice list. And you see them in various places. In Ephesians, in Colossians. But this is the motherlode. This vice list is longer than any other vice list that is found in the Bible.

 

Jesus talks about in Matthew all that’s in the heart. And he goes through this long laundry list. But this is the most all-inclusive. Though it’s not all-inclusive. I need to say this to you. This is simply a representative list. This is just what we would say kinda the tip of the iceberg. Pulling in from different categories. This is almost like the sermons in the book of Acts. That’s just a representation of that sermon. I mean Peter had a lot more to say. It wasn’t a 90 second sermon. He had more to say, but this is the concentrated version of what he said on the day of Pentecost. This is the concentrated version. But a representative version.

 

Now there are 21 vices here. Twenty-one. And it’s a bad list. And it’s broken up into four little sections. It begins being filled with. And let’s just pause for a moment here. It’s the Greek word that is used in Ephesians 5:18, to be filled with the spirit. And to be filled with the spirit doesn’t mean you didn’t have the spirit and now you – it’s like pouring this into a glass of water and it fills it all the way up to the top. That’s not the idea of plurao. The idea is a hand in a glove that now controls and empowers the glove. To be filled with the spirit means that you are now empowered by the spirit. That you are now dominated by the spirit. That you are now in the grip of the spirit. You are under the control of the spirit. That’s what that means.

 

Very same Greek word here. And it means that not just that they are being filled up with all unrighteousness. It means they are in the gripe of unrighteousness. They are under the control and the power and the dominion of these things. They are not casual partakers of these things. That they are under the control of these things.

 

The first group is the first four. The first four are clustered together. And if you have a New American Standard like I have a New American Standard, you will notice in the punctuation, and there was no punctuation in the original Greek, the punctuation supplied in any English translation is just to help the reader. Putting on commas and periods and that kind of thing. Chapter divisions, etc, etc. You’ll not semicolons have been placed in the New American Standard just to help the reader see these divisions.

 

He says, “Full of all.” Now that word all’s a big word. Here we see the total depravity of all unrighteousness. Unrighteousness here is probably what we would call like a topic sentence in a paragraph. That it’s the umbrella over it all. That sits on top. And the word unrighteousness means violating law. Here. A departure from a standard.

 

This is where it starts. We saw this word first in verse 18, “for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness.” See, that’s where it started. Ungodliness, just to remind you, is the attitude. Unrighteousness is the action. Ungodliness is irreverence towards God. Unrighteousness is unlawful behavior before God.

 

Then from unrighteousness it goes to wickedness. I’ve looked up each one of these words in the original language just to kinda give us a more precise small, not definition but synonyms. The word wickedness means evil plots and purposes. There’s a scheming to do wickedness. You don’t wait for the game to come to you. You take it to the game.

 

Greed. Which is an evil desire for more. There is a total lack of contentment with what you have, with where you are. No matter where you are in the pecking order or a society you just have to get higher up. You have to have more. You’re not content with where you are. And what is feeding this, as we will see, is the envy. He says, full of envy. And we’ll get to that in just a second. In other words, what’s driving it is what you see that everyone else has.

 

If you lived on an island by yourself you’d be fine. But you don’t. You live in the middle of a city of a million people. So that’s just sending all kinds of flashes that stimulate the desire for more. And then the word evil means a desire to injure others. You’re going to injure others to get what they have. You’re going to injure others to work your way up the pecking order. You’re going to be stepping on people and stepping over people and running over people in order to fulfill your greed. There’s overlap here. And these are like links in a chain. There’s interconnection. There’s cause and effect going on even within this list.

 

Now the second part of the list starts off with full of. In full of the idea is overflowing. It’s like a cup that’s being poured in and it’s just overflowing. It’s continually replenishing itself. It cannot be contained hardly within your own heart. It has to be lived out and acted out because it’s overflowing because it’s full of.

 

Full of envy, which is jealousy. And wishing ill will. Wishing others didn’t have what they have yet you’re wanting what they have and you’re willing to injure others in order to have it. Now remember this is a collective society. This isn’t just a person. This is the mass chaos of a collective society which has an exponential multiplying effect. Then the word envy means jealousy or wishing ill will of. I’ve already said that. Now note murder. You’re willing to kill to have more. You’d be even willing to kill your own baby in your own womb just to keep your job so you can make more money. There’s no brakes at this point on the car. Just the acceleration of the gas pedal.

 

And then strife. The word means contention, quarreling, arguing, bickering. And then deceit. Trickery. You’re willing to try to beguile others so that you can get ahead of the game. Malice speaks of malignant hatred that’s just foaming up.

 

Now we come to the third category on the list. They are, in the New American Standard it’s in italics to signify that it’s been added by the translator to help the smoothness of the reading. But this enters now into the next category, the next grouping. Gossips. Which is the word carriers the idea of whisperers. Like whispering behind the back. And while it doesn’t seem to be that detrimental, it’s the idea of conspiracy. That there is plotting and scheming and a conspiracy that is going on behind the scenes. Everything’s not out in the open. And which only exasperates the problem.

 

And then verse 30, slanderers. Which is to defame others. And then here’s at the heart of the whole thing. I mean this just keeps raising its ugly head. This rejection of God. And Paul puts this in the very center of this list. I think it’s like number 12. It’s either number 12 or 13 in this list of 21. It’s just like it’s the hub of the wheel. It’s the epicenter. Hateful of God. Just again, this is very 18, 21, 23, 25. I mean here it is again. This is the issue. It’s the hatred of God.

 

And then arrogant. The word means to raise yourself up above others. There is an overwhelming sense of self. Self-entitlement. Self-centeredness. Self-ego. This person is literally strutting to hell. Strutting like a peacock to hell. Boastful. I mean this won’t stop. Just smiting the breast and pontificating of your own greatness.

 

This next one is blood chilling. Inventors of evil. Just when you thought that’s the most evil thing I’ve ever heard in my life, this couldn’t be any darker, this couldn’t be any more vile, loathsome, then these people take it to a whole new level. And they concoct things that would earlier have been totally unimaginable. And even this morning we have no idea what’s waiting out there next week. We have no idea what’s waiting out there this summer. That’s just looming on the horizon. That you’re going to be watching television, you’re gonna be scrolling through the news on your cell phone and it’s going to be shocking as they now invent what did not previously exist. Pushing the boundaries. Pushing the fence post out. Just entering in now to a whole new stratosphere of evil. Inventors of evil.

 

And then disobedient to parents. I mean that doesn’t sound like a big deal, does it? But when this occurs, and remember, that was worthy of the death penalty in the Old Testament. What this means is now there is no regard for authority at all. It’s learned in the home. And when you take away the submission of children to their parents, you now have set a course of rebellion and anarchy in society that knows no limits. When there is no regard for parents it leads to no regard for the law, no regard for the policemen, no regard for any judicial rendering. It becomes a vigilante. There’s just no regard for any authority. It’s like at the end of the book of Judges, every man doing what’s right in his own eyes and willing to kill others to do it. 

 

And then verse 31 is the fourth category. All of these begin the same. They’re translated the last three un-, un-, un-. The first one, without understanding. You just couldn’t say un- understanding. But they all have this prefix a in front of it. Like a museum is where you go to think. Amusement. You put an A in front and it means it’s a place you go not to think. That’s what amusement is. You choose to go to a place not to think. A museum, you go to a place to think. All of these words here in verse 31 have the little a in front of it.

 

Without understanding. There’s no intelligent thought. It’s like having rocks driving the car. There is no decision making capability. It’s a runaway freight train and no one is driving it. Without understanding. No longer comprehend God and moral law and the will of God. There’s no comprehension. Their consciences are seared as with a hot iron. They are in triple darkness. And then untrustworthy literally means out of the original language covenant breakers. Their word no longer means anything. They’ll break the marriage covenant. They’ll break a business covenant. They’ll break any covenant. Whatever. They’re the ultimate pragmatists. Without any principle driving them. It’s whatever’s expedient.

 

Then unloving and unmerciful kind of overlap together. And the idea is there is no compassion for those who are in misery. The only desire is self-centered, self-gratification and no regard for the good of others. This is the result of rejecting God. And we can go to other nations who have done this, try to take an airplane flight to Sodom and Gomorrah. I mean there’s no airport there. I mean this is the Roman Empire. This is the way that society’s go.

 

IV.          THE REINFORCEMENT

 

Finally verse 32, the reinforcement. And this really is the – it gets even worse. You say how could it get worse? “And although they know the ordinance of God.” How many times is he gonna say this? Although they knew God. He says it again. This is the fundamental issue. To know God and to reject God. Although they know the ordinance of God. And the ordinance of God here refers to the moral law of God. And in chapter 2, 14 and 15 it says, “God has even written it upon their heart. You know what’s right. You know what’s wrong. God has given you a conscience. It’s like a smoke alarm inside of you that goes off. You know that you have entered in to forbidden territory. You know that.

 

“Although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death.” And the death here is not temporal death it’s eternal death. You know that they deserve the eternal death and eternal condemnation and damnation of God. But notice, “They not only do the same.” Here’s where it gets worse. “They also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”

 

They applaud it. They celebrate it. It’s no longer in the closet. It’s strutting down main street. It’s driving television ratings up. It’s actually to put this out there is now to sell more copy and to expand your viewing audience. And people want it. But they clap for it. They give their hearty approval. And why this is worse is it’s just greasing the skids. I mean it was like trying to push a chair without wheels on it. Now it’s got wheels on it. And it’s easy to push it now. Even further. Because the collective society, with some exceptions, and at different levels and at different degrees, but collectively, jointly, there is the giving of not just approval, hearty approval. Excitement.

 

This takes my breath away. I mean it’s been a while since I’ve just kind of looked around in these verses and looked up these words and given thought to what – the chain reaction that’s going on here.

 

There’s only one hope. There’s only one solution. Not two, not three. To pull out of this death spiral. And it’s what we saw in verse 16. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the dynamite of God.” It is the power of God unto salvation to those who believe.”

 

You can’t go picket city hall and change this. You can’t go lobby your politician and change this. You can’t go vote certain people in. And I’m all for it. I’m all for working within the system. But you’re teeing off with a putter. I mean that’s just not going to get you there. It’s going to take the power of God in the gospel to reverse this.

 

What do we do? Well, first of all, I mean we’ve got to be sobered by this and have the realization of what’s going on. We’ve got to have a Christian world view. This is a Christian world view. This is the mind of Christ. We can’t do everything but what we can do we must do and what we must do we will do. To do all that we can to get the gospel out. Through our churches. Through Bible study like this and putting it on live stream. Through witnessing. Through raising our children. Through every means possible. Giving resources. Giving books to people. Giving tracks to them. However we can get the word of God out. I mean this is beyond any one of us here. This is beyond all of us collectively. But we’ve got to do what we can do. We can’t sit back. And God has always desired to work through the remnant. Through the smaller group to affect the larger group. Remember, he even told Gideon, your army’s too big. You’re going to have to thin out the army. I’m not going to get enough glory and I’m not going to get enough credit if you have too big of an army. The only way that God gets the glory is when God works through the remnant. To change the whole.

 

I need to stop and open this up a little bit. And for those of you who are watching us wherever you are, thanks for hanging in here with us. Speaks volumes about you for you to still be watching. Kent, do you have a thought?

 

Audience Member:      Well. I think of Bruce Jenner and I think of –

 

And the applause. I mean he became the it of the year.

 

Audience Member:      And they put him on ESPN and they hold him up of how great it is and you have commentators on television, you know talking about how great people are when they come out of the closet. The guy that plays football for Missouri. A whole standup, the whole basketball arena stands up and applauds him when he comes out as homosexual. It’s just unbelievable.

 

Yeah, we’re without shame. We’re just without shame. That’s what Isaiah 5 said. They became a nation of unblushables. They just don’t blush at anything anymore.

 

Audience Member:      It’s absolutely incredible.

 

Yeah. And we’ve got to go to every person without Christ and reach them with the gospel. There’s no other way to get them out of the prison of their sin. Someone else. I know this is kind of a tough one to, you know like hop in to say something. Say anything. Mark, you’re my go-to guy. What’s your thought?

 

Audience Member:      Briton said it last week. You said total depravity. This was us. But it’s Ephesians 2:4. But God. And I think the motivation to share the gospel with the lost is the fact that we realize that God elected us unconditionally. That his grace makes it effective. It’s irresistible. And it should cause us to drop to our knees. Because all of our hearts are desperately sick without him. I think that the motivation behind doing this is because we’re products of grace and we know what the Lord can do. But God.

 

Yeah. One theologian put it this way as I was reading for this. The seeds of all of this is in every one of us. It’s just that by the grace of God those seeds have never really germinated to this extent. And with regeneration have passed away and new things have come. But it’s – there’s a solidarity of the human race. As sons of Adam. Until there is regeneration. Yeah, someone else.

 

 

Audience Member:      I thought about the importance of preaching precise words when you teach. And each and every one of us are shepherds here. Cause we have children. And if you don’t have children, you will at some point, lord willing. And as you said, everything starts at home. If you’re not teaching the gospel to your children, why aren’t you doing it? This is an urgent matter. Their souls depend on it. And other people. So when you go to church you need to make sure that the gospel is being taught. Because someone else’s experiences and adventures and stories are not going to save you from this. It’s only the gospel. And if you don’t know the gospel, you’re gonna be lost like a sheep. And you’re going to be helpless. So this is the sense of urgency. We need to know this. And we need to teach it to our kids. So even though you’re not a “professional”, this is not your full time job, it is your full time job because your family depends on this. You are the steward of that family.

 

Audience Member:      That’s really good.

 

Yeah. Just to even add to that, what I said earlier I think’s so important. I just remember back, yesterday was my twin boys’ thirty-fourth birthday. So it was a lot of reflection. Teaching them to be under authority. You know if they’re under authority at home, .when I drop them at school, when they’re on a football team or a basketball team or at church or wherever, they have a certain influence upon them. Not that they’re perfect or anything. But they respect authority. And that just really starts at home. And with disobedience to parents, I mean no society can survive that. You might as well not even have, you know red and green traffic lights. I mean it’s just everybody doing whatever they want to do when they want to do it.                                   

 

 

Audience Member:      I mention this too, all these lessons are now being transcribed if you want to read them and on the website. 

 

Wow. Yeah. For those of you watching, we are transcribing these messages.

 

Audience Member:      Should be up this week.

 

And should be posted this week. And you can go back and not only watch our studies but also you can read as well. So yeah, no, thank you, Kent, for that. Well, I think we close in a word of prayer. Next Friday morning we’ll be right here. Please be here. And you survived Romans 1. Okay. we have t-shirts being made. I survived Romans 1 at _____. So we’re moving into Romans 2. And we’ve got some great stuff in Romans 2. Let’s pray.

 

Father, thank you for the revelation that you’ve given to us in your word. We have now been taught and instructed. You’ve imparted your wisdom to us. And I pray that you would help us assimilate this now and incorporate this into our daily lives and cause us to walk in humility. Because there but for the grace of God go I. thank you that you have saved us out of this death spiral and given to us eternal life. We pray this in Christ’s name, Amen. 

 

Dr. Steven J. Lawson

Dr. Steven J. Lawson is President and founder of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church. Dr. Lawson hosts The Institute for Expository Preaching in cities around the world. Dr. Lawson is also a Teaching Fellow for Ligonier Ministries, where he serves on its board. Moreover, he is Professor of Preaching and oversees the Doctor of Ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, where he also serves on its board. Dr. Lawson is also Professor in Residence for Truth Remains, a work designed to promote and proclaim God’s written Word. Further, Dr. Lawson serves as the Executive Editor for Expositor Magazine published by OnePassion Ministries.