Chapter # 11 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
July 14, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<510> Thesis: The people of God exist by the action of God. Introduction: In our studies of Romans 11 we have seen that Paul has returned to the critical issue of the dependability of the words of God raised in Romans 9. Interestingly, in both cases, his argument eventually ends up in the area of the doctrine of election. In 9:11 he argues that it is "the purpose of God" that summons the defining standard (kata plus the accusative), and in 11:5 he again declares the same defining standard: election that arises out of grace. This makes our understanding of the concept extremely critical. It is too close to the "bottom of the pile" of fundamental "Plan" issues. This evening we are going to go again where Paul takes us.