Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 1 Study # 10
March 23, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<018> Thesis: The most fundamental need of believers is to be given a consistent provision of grace and peace. Introduction: In our last study, we considered the call of God to The Called in respect to both His silence toward the many and His love toward the saints. The Called who belong to Jesus Christ are 'Saints by call' and that means that they are ultimately destined to become just as committed to the love of God as He is. This destiny is underwritten by Paul in Romans 8 with the language of "fate": we are "predestined" to become conformed to the image of Christ Who was a living demonstration of a man who was as committed to the love of God as God is Himself. In that study we concluded our consideration of the identity issues regarding The Called. This evening we are going to look into the summary words that constitute Paul's most foundational desire for the believers in Rome. As we said in an earlier study, introductions typically use words that exist as 'conceptual seeds' of the information to come. Both "grace" and "peace" are such conceptual seeds. And, both the 'fatherhood' of God and the 'lordship' of Jesus Christ are such conceptual seeds also. It is my persuasion that Paul is addressing the very foundations of the believer's need with these conceptual seeds. So, let us look into this matter of receiving grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.