REACHING . . .
. . . Romans 15:14-21,30-33
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
Paul's concluding message to the Roman Christians was to reach out to others with the gospel. Paul reiterates the need for unity (see Romans 15:14), and he informed the readers of his travel plans. He also praised those who helped him in his ministry (see Romans 16:3-5), and he warned the church about divisive people. He closes with a beautiful benediction: "To God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever." Romans 16:27 (NKJV)
FULFILL YOUR CALLING (Romans 15:14-16)
Paul affectionately called the Roman believers his "brother and sisters." He praised them for being full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. "Full of goodness" refers to the ability and willingness to reach, teach, and lead others to Christ. "Full of knowledge" refers both to spiritual wisdom and the ability to apply God's Word. "Able to instruct one another"speaks of their competence in teaching and witnessing. Fulfill your calling!
BOAST ABOUT JESUS (Romans 15:17-19)
Paul boasted about Jesus to others. He acknowledged that the good he had done was through the power of the Holy Spirit. "Fully proclaimed" means he was able to boast about Christ without shame, fear, or favor. He urged the Roman believers to go wherever God leads and point others to Christ. Boast about Jesus!
SEEK THE LOST (Romans 15:20-21)
Paul longed to go where others had not heard the gospel so he would not be building on someone else's foundation. That is, he didn't want to be a long-term pastor at a local church, but rather he wanted to plant new churches in unevangelized places. Seek the lost.
PARTNER WITH OTHERS (Romans 15:30-31)
Paul fervently prayed that they would pray to God on his behalf. He asked for help in avoiding ungodly persecutors. Above all, he wanted to come to the Romans with joy and be refreshed with them in the gospel. Partner with others! Shalom!
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Education (Ret.)--Louisiana Tech University -- Ruston, Louisiana
Supply Minister for Concord/Union Baptist Association -- Ruston, Louisiana
eThoughts Team -- Extended Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. IX, No. 05-48G -- Archived
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Scripture is taken from THE NEW KING JAMES VERSION, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All Rights Reserved.
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