October 13- A Heart for Missions (Romans 15:14-21)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below
This Sunday we will continue teaching Singing Together. This class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.
God Over All
How Rich A Treasure We Possess
How Sweet and Aweful is The Place
O Fount Of Love
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Beja, Bedawi of Sudan.
14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, 21 but as it is written,
“Those who have never been told of him will see,
and those who have never heard will understand.”
After close to 15 chapters of doctrinal and practical instruction, Paul returns to a more personal and pastoral tone he had in the beginning of chapter 1. In this passage, we see the heart of this great missionary as he shares his designs and desires for ministry. Paul was not simply sharing his heart but hopes we might join with him in having a passion for the nations. As we consider Paul's life, we can look to his example as a model to consider, not necessarily imitate, but to profit from.
Review and Apply
What are the marks of a healthy church? (14)
Give an example of either giving or receiving instruction in a profitable way.
What reminders have you given to others about spiritual truths in the last few weeks? If not, why?
What was precious about Paul's goal in ministry (16)? While we may be different than Paul in gifts, temperament or opportunities, in what ways is his example to be followed?
How does Paul see Christ in the midst of his ministry (17-19)?
What is your ambition regarding the gospel and your family and friends? While perhaps not called as Paul to cross seas to speak of the gospel, what ambition do you have to cross the street to speak of the gospel? If your ambition is low, what do think is the cause?
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