Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
January 13, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<001> Thesis: God's good news is ours by reason of His initial activities in respect to preparing a particular man for the task of getting that news into a written form that has the capacity to bring us into the experience of the goodness of the news. Introduction: The beginning of any study, of necessity, is 'introductory'. There are some basic issues that need to be put 'out there' so that they give specific direction to what is going to follow. This is the result of the basic requirements for understanding. No one understands until there is enough forest and trees to make grasping the particulars possible. Both a large generality and a sufficient number of particulars is required. Paul pursued this reality in his introduction to the epistle to the Romans. This was a group of believers to whom Paul had never personally ministered and about whom Paul could make only the barest 'assumptions' in terms of their understanding of God's message. Thus, Romans is a presentation of the most necessary issues of Truth for those who would experience the eternal life of God. This evening we are going to begin to look into Paul's introduction.