Summary: Many people in our society and well in churches today talks about commitment... but they don't want to get involve.. This sermon answer that questions with an imperative called to be involve in in the cause of Christ.
Commitment= Getting Involved/ Comprometerse Es Involucrarse
Romans 15:1-7 (NIV)
1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” 4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
1. Do you prefer to be a spectators or participants?
2. I love sports. I love to watch them, but I have always preferred to participate in them. I am not a good spectator. If I am coaching I scream at the referees, I yell and shout at the players, I tell the player where to stay and who to take and what to do.. etc. I like to be as much involved as anyone could from the sideline. I like the intensity of the sports. When I am playing, I love to run, mark, pass, receive the ball and if I can score I will… etc. I love to be in the middle of the action. How many of you are like me? Or on the other hand, how many prefer to be spectators only…? We all want to be in the middle of the action, we want to engage, participate, to be inside… but sometimes the question is how?
3. In this passage Paul, is reminding the Romans believer how critical it is to be in the middle of the action? How important is to get involve, and how to show your commitment to God and to his church. You see, the Roman church was growing but there were people who didn’t want to get engage, to get involved… As the church was growing and new people wanted to get involved and grow within the body of Christ, the older believers they didn’t have the patience to support them, they didn’t want to put aside their own preferences to please the new people, they didn’t want to help the new people to grow in their faith, they were good at getting together with people like them, but with new one.. they were no willing to welcome and connect with them. So, Paul write to the Roman Brothers with one purpose in mind: to get them involve and this is the title our Sermon today: Commitment is Getting Involve based on Rom 15:1-7
I. Your Strength is Highly needed/ Su Fortaleza es Altamente necesaria (1-4)
There is a Purpose for your Strength/ Su Fortaleza Tiene Proposito
1. To Strengthen others: Your involvement in the church is critical because your church needs your strength. There is no way any member of the church will survive without the help of their older and stronger brothers and sisters. You have been given the tremendous opportunity to use your deep convictions, your deeper faith, your knowledge of God to help others, people who are starting in their walk with the Lord, people who are new believers, people who are trying to find their way around, people who need guidance, direction, help from the stronger older brothers or sisters.
2. Build People up: Another purpose of your strength is so that you can build people up. Do you remember people that God sent along your way to walk with you, to give up the right word, the right commentary to help you to overcome an specific circumstance or situation. Building up others presupposed that you are stronger, that you have some deep power in you so you can pass to others. If you have that kind of strength in you.. let me tell you: we need you here!
3. Carriers of Hope: Another purpose for your strength is that you can use your biblical and doctrinal knowledge to carry hope. You see God has been building you up, strengthen you for this exactly reason, so you can use your biblical knowledge, your experience with God, you pass experiences to bring hope into hopeless situations. God has been teaching you through the Scripture and through the experiences of life, that even in the worse of the circumstances, we can relate Bible lessons with our own experiences so we can show other how God always prevails and how He has help us to overcome any and all situations.