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Paul, A Minister Of Jesus Christ (18 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
Sunday, December 6, 2009
TEXT: Romans 15:14-33
INTRODUCTION: As Paul continues his letter to the saints at Rome, he discusses his ministry and his feelings for the believers. In the last part of the chapter, he talks about his plans to visit them.
Let me give you our outline…
I. PAULS' PURPOSE (VV. 14-16)
A. To Praise the Saints (vs. 14)
1. Paul refers to his readers as brethren. The word
brethren is an endearing term, reserved for those who have a close relationship, particularly, those who have a kinship in the Lord. As brothers and sisters, we are part of God's family.
HYMN: The Gaithers made popular the hymn, The Family of God.
I'm so glad I'm a part
of the family of God-
I've been washed in the fountain,
cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus
as we travel this sod,
For I'm part of the family,
the family of God.
You will notice we say "brother
and sister" 'round here-
It's because we're a family
and these folks are so near;
When one has a heartache
we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory
In this family so dear.
From the door of an orphanage
to the house of the King-
No longer an outcast,
a new song I sing;
From rags unto riches,
from the weak to the strong,
I'm not worthy to be here,
But, praise God, I belong! 1
2. Paul begins by praising them for three things:
a. They were full of goodness. The word
goodness has to do with kindness and virtue. They were an asset to both their church and to their community. Romans 12:10 says, "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another."
b. They were filled with knowledge. This refers to spiritual knowledge. The more a man knows about God and His Word, the wiser he will be. There are people who have never been to college, but have studied the Bible ...
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