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Priest, Preacher, Pioneer

Romans 15:14-29, 2 Corinthians 10:7-18, Andrew Love, March 4, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • The Apostle Paul had a tremendous heart for others
    • He had a great burden to preach to the Gentiles and beyond
    • He went to Illyricum
    • He wanted to go to Spain
    • He did not want to build on another mans foundation
  • In the New Testament we are encouraged to spread the word
    • Parable of the Sower
    • The Great Commission
    • Parable of the mustard seed
    • Acts 1:18 - the Holy Spirit would empower their preaching first to Jerusalem and then the ends of the world
    • Ecc 11:1,6 - God has promised there will be a return
  • Paul's desire to share the Gospel
    • Particularly to those who have never heard - v20
    • Paul walked 1400 miles
    • Paul had a certainity in the blessing of God
  • A challenge for us to preach the word of God
  • Overview:
    • Priest
    • Preacher
    • Pioneer

Priest (v16)

  • Ministry - not just deaconoss but latagos
    • In the sense that the people saved would be an offering to God
    • A priest in this sense
  • Sometimes churches today have a focus on numbers and conversions
    • Paul's view was vertical
    • Paul wanted to see people saved for the glory of God
  • As believers, we are called priests
    • A royal priesthood - Peter
    • Kings and priests to God - Revelation
    • We are to pray for others and seek to bear fruit in our lives
    • Example of Pastor and his personal work
    • We lack boldness
    • God has chosen us to bear fruit - to be an instrument in the salvation of others (John 15:16)

Preacher (v20)

  • Do you believe that by the foolishness of the message that people are saved?
    • Do you believe that faith comes from the word of God?
      • Personal preaching
      • Public preaching
    • The Holy Spirit takes this word and applies to the human heart
    • Do you believe the gospel of God brings salvation to all who believe?
  • He always gave the glory to God
    • v17-18
    • We should not take credit or boast in salvation
    • Gal 6:14 - boast only in Jesus Christ
    • Acts 21:19 - Paul gave the glory to God
    • Example of John McArthur
    • 2 Cor 10:13 - Paul will not boast beyond what God has done
  • His message: (v18)
    • Coming in word and deed ...
    • ... to make the Gentiles obedient
      • Of Faith, to the Gospel (Rom 1:5)
  • What it the work of the Church and the message we are called to bring?
    • God has called all men to repent
    • An imperative

Pioneer (v20-21)

  • He had a special calling
    • It is not wrong to build on anothers' foundation (unless done in a carnal way)
    • Paul's ministry was to only lay a foundation stone and move on
      • He was a trailblazer and pioneer
      • His was the missionary/evangelist role
  • His focus and joy was to preach to others
    • He never lost this vision
    • We must not lose this vision
  • He wanted to go to new territory
    • Paul was hindered in coming to Rome (he was writing from Corinth)
    • His desire was to go to Spain
    • We must always be looking outwards
  • v21 - God has purposes for the Gentiles
    • Isa 52:15
    • Isa 65:1
  • Think of the nations that still need to hear the Gospel
    • Examples
    • Our call is to pray, give and witness where we are
    • We should have a burden to mission
    • Examples - inc Dr Livingstone

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Romans 15:14-29

14And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 15Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, 16That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 17I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. 18For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, 19Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: 21But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand. 22For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you. 23But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you; 24Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company. 25But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. 26For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. 27It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. 28When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain. 29And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. (KJV)

2 Corinthians 10:7-18

7Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's. 8For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 9That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 10For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. 11Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present. 12For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 14For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: 15Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, 16To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand. 17But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. (KJV)

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