Summary: Paul begins to conclude his letter to the church in Rome with 2 very important encouragements: Conviction of his beliefs and the reason he preaches ... so that Jesus would be glorified!
Romans, Part 43
- Last week Paul showed us the importance of living for others
-- Understanding that division is never the way to success; and we must avoid it
- Discussed the purpose of our lives is that we would learn to give praise and honor
-- That we would strive to be more like Christ every day; focused on Him alone
- However, this is not something that we just decide to do; b/c we cannot do it
- It is a matter of surrender; a matter of leaving the indulgences behind
- When Christ calls us into a life for Him, there ought to be a change in obedience
- This evening, we look at “Paul’s Encouragements”, and the how to apply them
- Stand and read Romans 15:14-22 / Pray
Point 1 Conviction – (14-16)
- As Paul writes, his conviction is laid out there for all to see; without hesitation
-- (v14) says, “I myself am convinced …” – can we say the same thing?
- Are we totally convinced about the power and authority of Jesus?
- Are we convinced about the power we have in our lives because of Jesus?
- Paul admits boldness on “some points”; I’d say he was mean sometimes too …
- But as a minister of Christ to the Gentiles; he was eager to proclaim always
- Paul preached boldly in some places because it had never been heard
- This conviction that Paul was under was to ensure that everyone heard the Gospel
- It is not a matter of preference; but a matter of obedience for Paul
- It is because of what Jesus has done in his life that motivates him to this
- It brings him to a place of sheer obedience much like it should in our lives
- Question: What is the one thing that you need to show more obedience on?
- For Paul, he lays it right out there without fear or embarrassment; to share Jesus
-- He desires to ensure that the Gospel is heard and proclaimed at all costs
- APP: But why? Why would any man desire to give his life to the cause of Jesus?
- It’s not because of his salvation at stake (that is already assured; see v16a)
-- EX: Cannot be a minister of Christ unless Christ dwells within you
- It is because of his desire that WE would come to know Jesus!
- (v16b) Because of the Gospel being heard, WE might be acceptable to God
- Because of the preaching of the good news; WE might hear and be changed
- Because of the message that goes forth; Jesus would be glorified and praised
- Where does he reveal his true mission?
- Rom 1:5 says, “… through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.”
- Where does the strength come from?
- Rom 1:16 says, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew and then for the Gentile.”
- What is the result?
- TRANS: Paul’s life is being lived to glorify the Savior, and no one else
Point 2 – Glorifying God (17-22)
- Therefore (because, transition – explains why he said what he just said) …
-- He gives all glory to God because of what Christ has done; not himself
- He boldly proclaims that he won’t even speak on things that aren’t God-related