Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 1 Study # 9
September 9, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<432> Thesis: Possessing "the service" meant having a legitimate "form" for "pleasing God". Introduction: As we have inched our way along Paul's litany of privileges that had been extended to Israel, we have seen that he focused both upon the eventual "future" and upon the foundations that were to give that "future" substance. The future issues were the "adoption" and the "glory". The foundational issues are the "covenants", the "giving of the Law", the "service", and the "promises". We have given a cursory look at the covenants and the giving of the Law. Tonight we will look for a brief time at what Paul calls "the service". It is a huge subject, but it can be wrestled down into a couple of basic issues. Those issues surface by looking at the use of the verb form (serving) and the lesser used noun form of Paul's subject: "the service".