x201........Hit the Streets--With Your A-Beats!

13* For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14* How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15* And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom 10:13-15)

This part of the book of Romans tells us very clearly how to be saved---but it is also very clearly telling us how to get everybody else in town saved.

How to be saved---??? simple---call upon the name of Jesus---as the Word just said--

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9, KJV).

But now it asks a series of questions--very clear simple questions. There are not too many places in the Bible that ask us questions. We should bear in mind that this was a letter that Paul was writing to the church of Rome--to all the Christians in the city of Rome--

1* ¶ Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2* (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3* Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4* And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5* By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6* Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7* To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you look at his salutation you see that he says some things very clearly---He is an apostle--he says he is--

"called to be an apostle,"

Paul goes on to explain the Gospel that he has been called to be a messenger (apostello) of--but then he suddenly includes the people who he is writing to--the Christians in Rome--as those who are saved---But not only saved--not only the recipients of "grace"---but also "apostleship"---

"By whom we have received grace and apostleship,"

Paul now says that "we" have received grace (gift) and "apostleship"---not just him--but the people to whom he is writing to. What is "apostleship"?--

apostole {ap-os-tol-ay'} n f

---- apostleship 4; 4

1) a sending away 1a) of the sending off of a fleet 1b) of consuls with an army, i.e. of an expedition 2) a sending away, i.e. a dismissal, release 3) a thing sent, esp. of gifts


this is the version of the word "apostle" (one who is sent--to be sent--a messenger) which includes a group of people--Like the "sending out of a fleet of ships!

Now, remember- how Paul talked about his "calling"?

1* ¶ Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle,....

He refers to himself as a servant--a "minister" of Jesus Christ--whose "calling" is that of an apostle. Whose calling is to be "sent" into the world with the Gospel message. But now lets look at the completion of this thought---

6* Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:....

Paul says he is called to be an apostle--but he also says that "ye also"---are called. All of you have that same calling also.---Who is he talking to?--

7* To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:

He is speaking to everyone in Rome--all the Christians all the "saints" in Rome--all those who are sanctified by the blood of Jesus. If you notice that the words "to be" are in italics. This means that those words are not in the original Greek text. Why were they added? Maybe because it seems a little crazy to say that everyone in Rome is called to be an apostle. If we read the last verse without the words "to be" it would look like this--

5* By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6* Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7* To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called saints:

When we see this it is clear that the "call" he is talking about is to "apostleship" to be "sent" of God with the message of the Gospel--to carry on the full purposes of Christ (the Gosple, feeding the poor, healing the sick, bringing deliverance from the enemy, and "setting at liberty"--freely releasing everyone to serve God--all in Jesus' name--see Luke 4:18).

But it is clear that Paul is saying that "all that be in Rome"--all the saints--all the Christians in Rome are called to apostleship--just like he is!

this is a concept we have a hard time dealing with--right? It goes against our experience--we don't hardly believe that there are any "real apostles" alive now in the earth. Powerful tradition tells us that the apostles were the original "saints' of the church--powerful tradition from Rome--the kingdom of the Gentiles--(see Luke 22:25-29--Matthew 20: 25-29--Mark 10:42-45).But the Bible--the holy uncorrupted word of God says to look in the mirror honey--you have apostlship. If you are a Christian--if you are a "saint"--you are called to apostlship--just like Paul was!

But, do you go to the same church that he did? Is there apostolic ministry in your church? Well, what was "apostolic ministry"? What were the people in the Bible actually doing?

Simple, small groups of people, working together (centered on the purposes of Christ--never forget Luke 4:18!!)--praying together (by the rules found in 1Corinthians 12-14--all may prophecy--teach--ALL!!), usually in their own homes, (the new testament "house of God" was the home of every believer), receiving direct and specific instructions from God--from Christ the Head of the church--through the prophetic gifts of the Holy Spirit--and quickly and immediately acting upon those commands from God--being "sent"--to carry out Christ's instructions directly and immediately. Doing all these things as often as possible--a church of just a few hundred ought to have meetings going on 7 days a week--perhaps 24 hours a day (oh yes, one more thing--there is no Sunday "holy day of obligation" whre "all must attend"--simply occasional, "as the Spirit directs" assemblings of all the people--meetings that go on for days--until all are completely filled with the Spirit.)


Now lets go back to where we started--the questions that are being asked in Romans 10......

13* For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14* How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15* And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom 10:13-15)

Here again we see that calling to apostlship. Having a hard time seeing it? Remember--it is the word "sent"--

15* And how shall they preach, except they be sent?

What is being said here is first--how shall the unsaved hear of the Gospel that will save them--unless someone proclaims it to them--unless someone "preaches" it to them. But the last question is the important one here---a preacher--someone who is going to proclaim the Gospel---has to be commissioned--has to be "sent" (apostolo)---someone has to do the work of an apostle--or else all the preaching in the world will be of no effect--at least not to reach the lost! Preaching in church is great--but we sorely need preaching--proclaiming in every way possible--the Gospel message of a salvation--OUT TO THE LOST!! the focus of Jesus' ministry, and that of the church in the Bible, was toward the lost (again see Luke 4:18--Jesus directs His ministry toward the "poor--broken hearted--captives--them that are blind---them that are bruised"--and conclueds in Luke 4:19 that THEY will go forth and preach the acceptable year of the Lord!!)

But the questions here are asking--how shall they preach if they are not "sent"? In other words--unless somebody does the work of an apostle--how will anybody be saved!

Thinks about it--whenever someone is saved--somebody does the work of an apostle--the sowing of the Word into someone's heart--the reaping of the harvest of salvation--the fruit of eternal life. Somebody had to be "sent" into the world--somebody had to get out of the church--and come to you in order for you to be saved--right?

What is sending? It like this. what if God spoke to your church verbally one day and said---"YE ARE ALL HUNGRY--SEND SOMEONE FOR PIZZA!"

I am sure this would be a command that you would obey--right? But, you would have to "send " someone--you would have to commission someone to go and get the pizza--right? That person would then become the "apostle of pizza'--(well that would be right if we stuck with the wrong tradition of using the gifts of ministry as titles rather than functions!).

Years ago--Dominos pizza discovered the value of having apostles. They make the worst pizza in the world--but they are the most successful pizza company in the world--because they use "apostles"---they use delivery personal--they "send" people out with the pizza!

the truth is that we in the church have the greatest "pizza" in the world--the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Everyone loves pizza--but everyone was designed to love Jesus even more than pizza! We have terrific hot pizza in our churches--the problem is that we are eating it all up for ourselves! We are not sending people out to deliver the pizza!

It's is just like on the day of pentecost. Jesus had told them that they would--

8* But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

They would receive the Holy ghost---and the power--to be witnesses to all the earth. He told them that they would receive the Holy Spirit--and that would empower the Gospel that was already in them--so that they would be witnesses to all the earth.

the Holy Ghost was like the hot oven that cooked up the Gospel inside of them--and gave them the power to witness. Well the Holy Ghost ought to work the same way today--right? those people had little flames coming off the top of their heads--they had such hot pizza!

they all went out in the streets to witnesses the Gospel--they spoke in a specific language to a specific group of people. the empowerment of the Holly Ghost was to all of them to reach all the people with the Gospel.

I believe the Holly Ghost ought to do the same for us today. We ought to receive the Holy Spirit and let Him empower the Gospel in us to reach a specific group of people in the world--all of us!

We ought to get "flamed up" in church and carry it out into the streets. Carry out the Gospel--using the gifts of the Spirit and ministry--to hand out the greatest red hot pizza in the universe--the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We all ought to "hit the streets with our a-beats!"