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Jesus Christ, Our Lord

Jesus is first our Lord, then our Savior.
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Regarding God's Son". See series.

"Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God-the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 1:1-4).

The first four verses of Romans is one extremely long sentence. The problem with any long sentence, with a number of modifiers that each supports the main idea, is that you can easily lose the main point in all the details—you get the idea. What is Romans 1:1-4 about? It's about the gospel of God (promised in the Scriptures), regarding his Son (his nature and his Sonship), Jesus Christ our Lord.

The "good news" of God is regarding his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Christianity is unlike any other religion because Jesus Christ is unlike any other person. Over these next three weeks, I want you to see the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in his Lordship (he is God's Son and our Lord), in his humanity (he was a descendant of David), and in his resurrection (through the spirit of holiness, he was declared to be the Son of God through his resurrection from the dead).

First Thessalonians 1:9 says, "You turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven." We live in a time when many people have only experienced a shallow, emaciated form of Christianity. But in the New Testament, whenever a person encounters Jesus Christ, they're converted. This is always a life-changing experience. When people are converted to Christ, repentance, faith, service, hope, sacrifice, and love are all born together ...

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Colin Smith is pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:


I. The gospel has become "upgradable."

II. New Testament believers celebrate the Lordship of Christ.

III. Jesus is first Lord, then Savior.

IV. What makes the Lordship of Jesus Christ good news?