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Making Plans and the Gospel

Romans 15:14-33, Andrew Love, March 11, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • v22-33
  • Making decisions in life
    • Key: seeking to do the will of God
    • Paul's desire was to minister with the people of Rome (v32)
      • Until this point he was hindered
    • We need to know what God's will is
    • Principles in Scripture
  • v22-33
    • Paul is making plans
    • His original purpose is to preach to the unconverted
    • He planned to go to Spain
    • He did end up in Rome (but not as he thought)
  • Overview:
    • Priorities
    • Providence
    • Purposefulness
    • Prayer

Priorities

  • His burden was to reach the unreached
    • v20
    • Where there were no churches or converts
    • v11 - the Gentiles were to praise God
  • His desire was to evangelize the whole world
    • He took the Great Commission seriously
    • He desired to go to Spain (and Portugal)
  • How does this priority influence our (big) decisions?
    • Example of Spurgeon
    • As a church - where are we most useful?
      • Examples
    • Personal example
    • Example of holidays and university

Providence

  • God opens doors and closes doors - He orders all our circumstances
  • v23-24
    • Did he have a sense his work was complete?
    • Resistance to himself and the gospel
    • Seeing the church sufficiently planted
    • Having prayed and thought about it - he believed it was right "no longer having a place in these parts"
  • Personal example
  • Prov 16:9

Purposefulness

  • Things can be done spontaneously
    • The usual way is: Plan, Pray, Prepare and then act
  • Paul had goals in his life
    • Go to Rome
    • Go to Spain
    • Go to Jerusalem (first)
  • Jerusalem (v25-26)
    • This was the base church
    • It had suffered terrible persecution and famine
    • There were many widows in the Church
    • Not just the preaching of the gospel but to support the needy saints
    • To unite the Church
    • It was owed to the Jewish Church (v27)
  • How concerned are we for the unity of the local church?
    • We meet three times a year
    • Pray that this would increase
  • Paul was not shy to ask Rome for financial help
    • "For I hope ... to be helped"
    • He wanted to impart a spiritual gift to them (Rom 1:11)
  • The blessings of mutual encouragement
    • v24 - we are to individual in our culture
    • v29, 32 - he wanted to be blessed by them
    • Example of the burning coal

Prayer

  • He solicited prayer from them (v30-31)
    • To be kept from evil
    • That he would be a blessing to the Church in Jerusalem
  • We must ask others for prayer
  • Prov 19:21

Closing Remarks


About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Romans 15:14-33

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. 30Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; 31That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; 32That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 33Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. (KJV)


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