Hymn #530 --- Rescue the Perishing
1) Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
2) Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive;
Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently,
He will forgive if they only believe.
3) Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.
4) Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way patiently win them;
Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.
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Hymn #536 --- O Zion, Haste
1) O Zion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling,
To tell to all the world that God is Light;
That He who made all nations is not willing
One soul should perish, lost in shades of night.
Publish glad tidings, tidings of peace;
Tidings of Jesus, redemption and release.
2) Behold how many thousands still are lying
Bound in the darksome prison-house of sin,
With none to tell them of the Savior's dying,
Or of the life He died for them to win.
3) Proclaim to ev'ry people, tongue, and nation
That God in Whom they live and move is Love;
Tell how He stooped to save His lost creation,
And died on earth that man might live above.
4) Give of thy sons to bear the message glorious;
Give of thy wealth to speed them on their way;
Pour out thy soul for them in prayer victorious;
And all you spend, the Savior will repay.
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Hymn #539 --- Around the Corner, Around the World
Around the corner, around the world,
A soul needs Jesus -- A soul who's never heard.
Let's take the good news,
Let's take God's living Word --
Around the corner, around the world.
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Go West, Young Man, Go West
September 13, 2020
Romans 15:22-25, 28-29
I. Why Spain?
Paul’s typical strategy for evangelizing a region began by establishing a base of operations in a large city along major trade routes. For example, Ephesus allowed him access to supplies by sea, the safety and stability of government, and established roads into the Roman province of Asia. The same was true of Corinth, from which he evangelized Macedonia, and of Mysia, which would have given him access to Bithynia.
Using Rome as a launching point, Paul planned one of two potential missions. He could have boarded a ship in Rome and sailed directly for the region we now call Spain. This territory had been conquered by Rome but was much like the American West in 1840—filled with potential yet largely untamed. However, it is more in keeping with Paul’s history to see “Spain” as symbolic of his desire to evangelize the West, working his way through northern Italia and present-day France and ultimately crossing the Pyrenees to claim Hispania for Christ.
Paul didn’t dream on a small scale! The landmass he planned to evangelize exceeded the territory covered by his first three missionary journeys. And the extent of the hardship on those journeys alone was a good comparison as to what might lie ahead of him on the fourth journey (2 Corinthians 11:24-28). (Charles Swindoll, Romans, 352-354.)
The fullness of the Gentiles coincides with the Rapture. The phrase “times of the Gentiles” refers to the entire period of Gentile domination over the Jews, beginning with the Babylonian captivity (2 Chron. 36:1–21) and ending with Christ’s return to earth to reign. (William MacDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments, 1727.)
II. Did Paul Make It to Spain?
Clement of Rome, who wrote in the latter part of the first century, stated that Paul, before his death, had traveled to “the limits of the west.” This phrase would point to Spain rather than Rome since Clement himself was writing from Rome. The Muratorian fragment also referred to Paul’s trip to Spain. Summarizing early tradition as he knew it, Eusebius, the church historian, affirmed a period of freedom and a second Roman imprisonment during which Paul was executed. Other early church fathers such as Chrysostom, Jerome, and Theodore of Mopsuestia also pointed to a second imprisonment. It seems reasonable, therefore, to believe that there was an extension of Paul’s ministry beyond the limits of the Book of Acts. (Outlaw, “Commentary on the Books of 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus, 164)
1. Paul writes the Epistle of Romans – Winter 57 AD
2. End of the Book of Acts – 63 AD
3. Paul is released from prison in Rome. Goes to the island of Crete (Titus 1:5)
4. Paul leaves Titus in Crete (Titus 1:5). Goes to Nicopolis in Macedonia. (Titus 3:12)
5. From Nicopolis Paul writes I Timothy and an Epistle to Titus – 63 AD
6. Peter writes his First Epistle – 64-65 AD
7. Peter writes his Second Epistle – 65-66 AD
8. Paul goes to Spain and Britain – 64-67 AD
9. Paul is back in prison in Rome and writes 2 Timothy – 67 AD
10. Nero dies on June 9, 68 AD in Greece
Early church writers indicate that Paul did go to Spain, that his ministry there came after his first Roman imprisonment, and that he was imprisoned a second time in Rome and martyred. (Vos, Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Manners & Customs, 608)
III. Did Paul Make It to Rome?
Paul’s typical strategy for evangelizing a region began by establishing a base of operations in a large city along major trade routes. For example, Ephesus allowed him access to supplies by sea, the safety and stability of government, and established roads into the Roman province of Asia. The same was true of Corinth, from which he evangelized Macedonia, and of Mysia, which would have given him access to Bithynia. (Swindoll, Romans, 352)
Rome, according to tradition, was founded in 753 b.c., organized as the republic in about 510 b.c., and had its first emperor, Caesar Augustus, before the birth of Christ. Rome is located on the Tiber River 15 miles from the Mediterranean. During New Testament times it enjoyed the height of its splendor. The population far exceeded one million and represented nations from Arabia to Britain. Close to half of these people were slaves; and the others, free citizens, thought it degrading to do manual labor. Decadence was setting in; Rome desperately needed the gospel. Scripture does not state how Rome first received the gospel. That an apostle (like Peter or Paul) began the work is most unlikely. In Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, the church there appears unstructured and ungrounded in the basic doctrines, which no apostle would allow. Also, Paul declares to these very believers that he avoided building on another man’s work (Rom. 15:20); yet he would be doing exactly that if another apostle had established it. From the information that Scripture provides, it is likely the visitors from Rome who were in Jerusalem at Pentecost (Acts 2:10) began the work. (King James Version Study Bible, 1997)
IV. Did Paul Make It to Britain?