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First Steps Down a Dark Path

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Radio transcript for the week of August 21, 2016

John Allan speaks on "First Steps Down a Dark Path" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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  1. God’s Right to Judge
    • Paul was ready to preach to Gentiles because Gentiles needed the Gospel (1:14-17).
    • Judgment was coming. (1:18-19) God punishes because of unrighteousness. The Gospel must go where unrighteousness went. Sin is the problem.
    • We’ll see as we continue in this passage that ignorance is no excuse. (Acts 3:17) These were without excuse because the evidence had always been available.

  2. The Evidence they Rejected
    • Creation points to God. (1:19-20)
    • Design demands a designer.
    • The existence of this world points to something bigger.
    • The Gentile nations had no excuse for their unrighteousness. Creation itself points to an intelligent designer. What a shame that people still look at our amazing universe and try to deny it was made by a Creator.

  3. How the Digression Begins
    • They did not glorify God. (1:21)
    • We should. (Matthew 5:16, 1 Corinthians 6:20)
    • They weren’t thankful. (1:21; Colossians 3:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
    • Don’t you find it interesting that when we lose sight of gratitude we’re losing sight of God? (James 1:17)
    • Paul wrote often about giving thanks. (1 Timothy 2:1, Ephesians 5:4, 5:20; Colossians 1:12, Ephesians 1:16, Colossians 1:3, 1 Thess. 1:2, 2 Thess. 2:13.
    • Became futile in their thoughts. (1:21)
    • Their foolish hearts were darkened. (References: Matthew 15:16, Mark 7:18, Romans 1:21, 31; Romans 10:19; Ephesians 4:18.)
    • Additional references: Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24, Luke 23:45, Romans 1:21, 11:10, Revelation 8:12, 9:2.

Conclusion:

  • What a blessing that God has revealed himself, and a shame that people turn away.
  • Remember to glorify God and be thankful.
  • When we lose sight of those things we’re starting down the path of unrighteousness.

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