Summary: Nobody wants to be called "ignorant". Yet, the Bible urges Christians to not be ignorant about 5 important truths. This sermon explores those areas.
Some Christians Are Ignorant
Romans 1:7-13 King James Version
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.
8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
9For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 10Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
11For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;
12That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
13Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
I used the King James rather than the New King James Version…
for a good reason.
The King James translation of the original Greek text…
includes a word that is usually considered offensive.
If I said, “You are an ignorant person”…
you’d probably be offended.
We have come to believe that ignorant people are “stupid”.
The title of today’s sermon is “Some People Are Ignorant?”
Paul writes to the Roman Christians in Verse 13:
Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren,
The Greek word that Paul wrote was “agnoeo”
It means “not to know through a lack of information; to ignore.”
If you look at the word “ignorant”, it’s very obvious…
that it is a form of the word “ignore”.
To "ignore" means "to fail to consider something significant, to disregard or neglect something."
The New King James translation of Romans 1:13 reads like this:
13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.
See, it uses the word “unaware” instead of “ignorant”.
There are some very important truths
that every Christian should know.
A few days after the Civil War had been officially ended a man was riding along a road in West Virginia. Suddenly a soldier, clad in a dirty and tattered Confederate uniform, sprang out of a thicket, seized the horses’ bridle, and demanded, "Give me bread! Give me bread! I don’t want to hurt you, but give me bread – I’m starving."
More of that story a little later!
Paul used this phrase “I would not have you ignorant, brethren”…
5 times in his writings.
Here are 5 important truths you should know as a Christian,
because the Apostle Paul warned us about being ignorant of them.
Point #1. Paul would not have us to be ignorant about the need to care about one another.
Romans 1:13 "Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles."
Paul cared for these Christian brothers and sisters in Rome.
He wanted to visit them,
but he could not come as he wanted to.
What’s the application for us?
Let people know you care!
Let your own family know that you care for them.
Don’t hide your burden for them.
Let your friends know that you care for them.
Be concerned enough to do something to help them.
Let the lost know that you care for them.
Let them know that God loves them
and that Jesus laid down His life for them.
If they go to Hell when they die,
let it not be because you did not care for their souls!
Point #2. Paul would not have us to be ignorant about spiritual growth.
1 Corinthians 10:1-4 "Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ."
Paul wanted these Christians to grow in the Lord.
The church at Corinth was filled with baby and carnal Christians.
That’s why he writes about Moses and the children of Israel.
Their journey, across the wilderness to the Promised Land,
was an illustration of spiritual growth.
Would it bother you if your children never grew?