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Paul: A Man That God Can Use! – Romans 1:1

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Dr. Barber begins a series on the book of Romans by examining its author, Paul. What was it about this man that made him a man God could use in such a mighty way?

The Eternal Works of God – Romans 1:1

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Man’s works are doomed to failure. Only when God does a work will it stand the test of time. Dr. Barber sets forth the data showing that the formation of a godly church in Rome was clearly a “work of God.”

Paul, the Deliverer of God’s Good News – Romans 1:1

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It is not man’s good news, it is God’s good news. Verse 1 says, “Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,…”

The Good News of God! – Romans 1:2-7

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Dr. Barber explores the promise, the premise, and the perimeter of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Debtor of God’s Good News – Romans 1:8-15

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What makes a person a “debtor” of God’s good news? Dr. Barber explains that it is the fact that God “paid a debt He didn’t owe when I owed a debt I couldn’t pay.”

Man’s Desperation for God’s Good News! Part 1 – Romans 1:16-18

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The world is sick—not physically, but spiritually. But Paul tells us in Romans that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the medicine the world needs. Are we too ashamed to tell people about the cure?

Man’s Desperation for God’s Good News! Part 2 – Romans 1:19-32

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According to Dr. Barber, Paul goes about the problem of man’s sin in a slightly backwards way. First, he gives the cure—the good news, then he tells us the problem—man is inherently sinful.

Man’s Desperation for God’s Good News! Part 3 – Romans 2:1-14

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The Gentiles in Rome were sinners. No one questioned that. Paul describes them as being “ungodly” and “unrighteous.” The problem came in convincing the Jews that they were in the same boat—they too needed the saving grace of God. Dr. Barber explains the way Paul lays out the legal case against the Jews in Romans chapter 2.

Man’s Desperation for God’s Good News! Part 4 – Romans 2:15-29

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In the last article Dr. Barber pointed out that the Jews in Rome were just as guilty as the Gentiles when it came to the standards that God demands. This time he points out some of the attitudes Paul found in them warned them about.

Man’s Desperation for God’s Good News! Part 5 – Romans 3:1-5

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Well, as we move into the third chapter of Romans, let’s take a look at Acts 21. I believe it will help us understand this chapter better. This event happened after Paul wrote the book of Romans.

Man’s Desperation for God’s Good News! Part 6 – Romans 3:9-24

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The Apostle Paul calls his last three witnesses in the case against Jews and Gentiles. The charge: all are guilty of sin. The witnesses: The Psalms, the Prophets and the Law.

The Details of God’s Good News, Part 1 – Romans 3:21-26

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For the last few weeks we’ve been hearing the bad news, we are condemned by what we know, we can never be “good” enough, etc. Now we come back to the good news—at heart the good news is the righteousness of God.

The Details of God’s Good News, Part 2 – Romans 3:26-31

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Dr. Barber gives the third point in his “definition of the Gospel”: the Gospel requires that I acknowledge my good works are unacceptable before God.

The Details of God’s Good News, Part 3 – Romans 3:31-4:12

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Good works can’t save us—we could never do enough; following the law can’t save us—we could never follow it perfectly enough; even those great heroes of the Jewish people, Abraham and David needed something outside themselves to be righteous in God’s eyes? What is that something?

The Details of God’s Good News, Part 4 – Romans 4:13-17

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In Romans Chapter 4, Paul uses Abraham as the example in showing that we are not and cannot be justified by works or by the law. Justification comes only by faith in Jesus and what He has done for us.

The Details of God’s Good News, Part 5 – Romans 4:18

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What did Abraham believe that was counted to him as righteousness? Dr. Barber asserts that he believed in Christ—just as we do. The difference is that Abraham was looking forward to what Jesus would do, we look back to what He has done. Dr. Barber follows the thread of the Redeemer through the Old Testament to document this argument.

The Details of God’s Good News, Part 6 – Romans 4:18-25

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If you tell somebody to put their faith into the Lord Jesus Christ, what do you mean? What do we mean by “faith”? The answer is found in these verses.

The Details of God’s Good News, Part 7 – Romans 5:1-2

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What is the difference between the peace OF God and peace WITH God? How can you live in peace with God? What can disrupt your perception of that peace? Can you lose it?

The Details of God’s Good News, Part 8 – Romans 5:3-5

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How can tribulation and suffering be an indication of God’s love for us? This is one of the questions Dr. Barber explores in this passage.

The Details of God’s Good News, Part 9 – Romans 5:6-11

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The Love of God. What makes it so different from our love? What makes us worthy objects of God’s love? Dr. Barber shows us the glorious answers from Romans 5.

The Reason Every Man Needs To Be Justified By Faith – Romans 5:12-14

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The reason why every person needs to be justified by faith boils down to one simple fact: every person is a sinner. How did we become sinners? Can we do anything to justify ourselves? What did Jesus do for us? Dr. Barber gives the good news!

Are You in Adam or Are You in Christ? – Romans 5:15-17

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Was it a just act by God to condemn all mankind when Adam sinned? Dr. Barber says yes. It was just, it was wise and it was gracious! He explains.

Are You in Adam or Are You in Christ? Part 2 – Romans 5:18-21

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What did Jesus do that broke the power of sin and death in our lives? What power have we been given to allow us to live “in Christ”? Dr. Barber gives us Paul’s answer from Romans 5.

Our New Life in Christ, Part 1 – Romans 6:1-5

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Romans 5:20 says that “where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.” So, a Christian can just go out and do whatever he pleases, sin as much as he wants, because then he’ll get more grace, right? Wrong! Says Dr. Barber as he begins to show you Paul’s argument against that very idea.

Our New Life in Christ, Part 2 – Romans 6:6-11

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When a man comes to understand why he is what he is and where it came from, his whole perspective on sin changes. When he turns to Christ and puts his faith into Christ, he is never again related to sin like he used to be. That, says, Dr. Barber, is the whole point.

Our New Life in Christ, Part 3 – Romans 6:12-14

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Have you had trouble dealing with sin in your life this week? (If you said no, read 1 John 1:8-10!) Well, then, how should Christians deal with those sinful urges? Dr. Barber explains.

Our New Life in Christ, Part 4 – Romans 6:14-16

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We have a new life in Christ, but some of those old urges of the flesh still haunt us. Can Christians resist the temptation, or are we doomed to fall? What power had God given us to help us make that choice?.

Our New Life in Christ, Part 5 – Romans 6:15-23

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Our new life in Christ means a whole new way of life—one with eternal rewards. Dr. Barber explains what is involved.

The Frustration of Living Under the Law, Part 1 – Romans 7:1-5

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As he moves into Romans chapter 7, Dr. Barber explains to us how we can be free from the penalty of sin, the power of sin and finally from the presence of sin.

The Frustration of Living Under the Law, Part 2 – Romans 7:7-13

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Living under the law may mean that you measure your spirituality according to a set of “rules.” If you fail to live up to these rules, you think you have failed to win the love and favor of God in your life? Is this true? How can you free yourself from that type of bondage?

The Frustration of Living Under the Law, Part 3 – Romans 7:14-25

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Any time you place yourself back under law (Mosaic law), and you depend upon your own self-efforts to please God, then you will find utter frustration, and a bondage to your flesh. What is the solution? Dr. Barber explains.

Free to Be What God Wants Us to Be – Romans 8:1-4

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In Romans chapter 9 Paul takes us from the valley of despair and defeat of trying to live under the law, to the heights of what it means to live the victorious Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Free to Be What God Wants Us to Be, Part 2 – Romans 8:5-11

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Dr. Barber explains the results of having the Holy Spirit living within us. He also shows the difference between those who have the Spirit in their lives, and those who do not.

The Rights of the Holy Spirit, Part 3 – Romans 8:12-17

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The apostle Paul sets the stage for this message when he says we are “under obligation.” (Rom. 8:12) What is that obligation? To what or whom is it owed? How is it to be paid? Dr. Barber explains.

The Relationship the Holy Spirit Brings – Romans 8:15-17

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Dr. Barber explains how we are brought into a wonderful new relationship with God through the work of the Holy Spirit.

The Reward the Holy Spirit Guarantees – Romans 8:18-21

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How do we become “conformed to the image of His Son”? What part does suffering play in the life of a believer?

The Resource of the Holy Spirit – Romans 8:22-25

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We have seen over the past few weeks how much pain and suffering comes to Christians in this world. This time, Dr. Barber explains how the Holy Spirit helps us during those times.

The Resource of the Holy Spirit, Part 2 – Romans 8:26-29

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Dr. Barber shows how the Holy Spirit acts as a mediator, a translator, for us when we “don’t know how to pray as we ought.”

The Revelation and Resolve of the Holy Spirit – Romans 8:28-30

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The Holy Spirit reveals to God’s plan for us—that we will be changed into His image. Then we see that the Holy Spirit resolves to carry that plan through to completion!

What Have You Learned? Part 1 – Romans 9

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Leading into his study on Romans chapter 9, Dr. Barber goes back to refresh our minds on what we have already learned in the first 8 chapters of this important book.

What Have You Learned? Part 2 – Romans 9

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Dr. Barber finishes his review of the first 8 chapters of Romans, and begins to look at Romans 9:1—what does Paul tell us about our conscience?

The Attributes of God – Romans 9:1-3

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Before we look at how God will deal with Israel, it’s important to see what God is like. Dr. Barber shows how God is revealed as omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, as well as merciful, immutable and faithful.

The Sovereignty of God – Romans 9:1-33

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Before getting into a study of Romans Chapter 9, Dr. Barber explains God’s sovereignty, and why it is important to understand that in order to grasp what Paul teaches in the next few chapters

Israel, a Privileged People – Romans 9:1-5

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Israel as a nation and a people have been blessed with many privileges from God. In this article Dr. Barber shows us what some of those privileges are—and why Israel still needs the same redeemer as the Gentiles.

Israel, a Proud People – Romans 9:6-13

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Israel is proud of the fact that it has come from the line of Abraham. What benefits do they assume this lineage gives them? Why are they wrong in their assumptions? Do many in America have the same false ideas?

God is a God of Purpose – Romans 9:14-19

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Paul gives the Jews examples from their own history to show that God’s purposes do not fail—what He has purposed will come to pass!

God is a God of Purpose, Part 2 – Romans 9:19-24

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What God purposes, God will bring to pass. Dr. Barber walks us through the Apostle Paul’s explanation of God’s purpose for Israel in Romans 9.

Righteousness is a Precious Possession – Romans 9:30-10:5

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Righteousness, Dr. Barber says, is not an attainment, it is a provision—it is not something we do ourselves, but something that God gives to us.

Righteousness is a Precious Provision, Part 2 – Romans 10:1-10

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Dr. Barber tells us that righteousness is not something men can do in their own strength. The righteousness that God demands comes only by faith in Jesus Christ, and the work that He did for us on the cross.

Righteousness is a Precious Provision, Part 3 – Romans 10:11-15

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Dr. Barber tells us about Jesus call to righteousness, and the ones to whom the call is issued.

The Rejection of Righteousness – Romans 10:14-21

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Dr. Barber explains what Israel knew about God’s way of salvation, what they should have been able to understand about Jesus’ sacrificial death—and yet they rejected it. But don’t be too hasty to condemn Israel for their blindness. Haven’t many Gentiles done the same thing?

Is God Through With Israel? – Romans 11:1-10

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Is God finished with the nation of Israel? Dr. Barber says the answer is a resounding “No!” He gives the first two of five reasons this month.

Is God Through With Israel? Part 2 – Romans 11:11-24

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Dr. Barber says he is convinced, on the basis of his study of Romans, that God is NOT finished with Israel. In this article he takes you through the final proofs from chapter 11.

Is God Through With Israel? Continued – Romans 11:25-36

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In verse 25 we see the mystery of how God is working with Israel, even right now. It is a mystery.

Our Responsibilities Under Grace, Part 1 – Romans 12:1

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Our first responsibility, according to Dr. Barber, is a conscious and consistent presentation of our body to Christ. How do we go about accomplishing that? Are we able to do so, apart from the enabling power of the Spirit?

Our Responsibilities Under Grace, Part 2 – Romans 12:2

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Dr. Barber explains that the transformation to living under grace includes major “renovations” in our lives.

Our Responsibilities Under Grace, Part 3 – Romans 12:3-5

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Dr. Barber says our responsibilities include not thinking too highly of ourselves, and properly using our spiritual gifts in the Body of Christ.

Our Responsibilities Under Grace, Part 4 – Romans 12:5-8

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What are the spiritual gifts? How are they to be used?

Our Responsibilities Under Grace, Part 5 – Romans 12:1-8

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What are the spiritual gifts? How do we get a spiritual gift? How are we to use our spiritual gifts? What instructions has God given to us about them? Dr. Barber explains.

Our Responsibilities Under Grace, Part 6 – Romans 12:9-13

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What is “love without hypocrisy”? Dr. Barber explains how Paul has framed his answer to that question.

Our Responsibilities Under Grace, Part 7 – Romans 12:14-17

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How are we to treat one another within the body of Christ? How should we respond to persecution? A fellow Christian’s victories? A fellow Christian’s sorrow? Dr. Barber explains.

Our Responsibilities Under Grace, Part 8 – Romans 12:18-21

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Dr. Barber explores the implications of verse 18: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” What if it isn’t possible? How far does your responsibility extend?

Our Responsibilities Under Grace, Part 9 – Romans 13:1-5

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Nowhere in the New Testament did Jesus ever advocate that His followers were to rebelliously change the form of government or even try to reform society. His purpose was clear. He did not seek to reform society from without, He sought to reform, to transform, souls from within.

Dr. Wayne Barber

Dr. Wayne Barber

Wayne has taught the message of “Living Grace” around the world. He is president, founder, and principal speaker of Living Grace Ministries and Senior Pastor of Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He learned to exegete Scripture by studying for 10 years with Spiros Zodhiates, one of the leading Greek scholars.
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