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Priest, Preacher, Pioneer

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


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • 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


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