Sunday, October 26, 2014

Paul's Epistles Part 37 – Minister to the Gentiles

Paul's Epistles
Part 37 – Minister to the Gentiles
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |

Over the last few weeks as we look through the Book of Romans, we see Paul telling us that we need to WAKE UP as a church, because Judgment is near, that we must recognize that there are those who are weak in faith and those who are strong in faith in the church, and those who are strong in faith must lift up and help those who are of weaker faith.

Paul then tells the Church in Rome that they are equipped by God, and have a calling, as we all do, and he explains how he has helped the Gentiles come to reconciliation with God through the Word he teaches as well as his deeds.

14 I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another. 15 Yet I have written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
17 Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. 18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done— 19 by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. 20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. 21 Rather, as it is written:
“Those who were not told about him will see,
    and those who have not heard will understand.”
22 This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.

                   I.            YOU ARE COMPETENT
a.      Paul tells the Gentile believers in the church in Rome that they are full of
                                                                         i.      Goodness (which they had because of Christ)

                                                                      ii.      Knowledge (meaning knowledge of the Word)

                                                                   iii.      And therefore, they were Competent to correct one another.
1.      YES, Paul is telling the church they are to "judge" each other's behaviors!

b.     Paul states he still had to boldly correct them once in a while
                                                                         i.      But for the most part, they were autonomous

c.      The Gentiles were accepted by God because
                                                                         i.      They were washed in the blood of Christ
1.      Meaning, they accepted Jesus was the Messiah
2.      They accepted He died and rose again as payment of man's sin
3.      They confessed their sin to God
4.      They repented of that sin
5.      They made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior
6.      Therefore, received forgiveness!

                                                                      ii.      Because they were forgiven, they were sanctified by the Holy Spirit!

               II.            PAUL, MINISTER TO THE GENTILES
a.      Paul exclaims the he was making the gentiles obedient by
                                                                         i.      His words (which were the words of Christ's teaching)

                                                                      ii.      His deeds (which were his FAITH in ACTION)

                                                                   iii.      He walked the talk!

                                                                     iv.      Your words can bring others into obedience to Christ; however, Paul states it took both his words and his deeds.

                                                                        v.      This is why faith without ACTION is dead faith.

b.     Words must be correct words
                                                                         i.      We must study God's Word
                                                                      ii.      Read it
                                                                   iii.      Understand it
                                                                     iv.      We cannot share it with others if we don't know it, or understand it.

c.      Our actions MUST be in line with those words
                                                                         i.      If we say one thing then do another...
                                                                      ii.      We must live what we speak to others
                                                                   iii.      Our actions must line up with what the Word teaches
                                                                     iv.      No one will ever listen to your words if your actions are not in line with them.

            III.            RECOGNIZE YOUR CALLING
a.      Paul recognized his calling
                                                                         i.      He explains it, and lived it.

b.     The gentile church in Rome had a calling as well.
                                                                         i.      Paul states they were full of the goodness of Christ, knowledge of the Word, and were competent to correct each other within the church because of that.

                                                                      ii.      Their calling was to keep the church a "pure" and "holy" place for other believers to come, be greeted by the goodness of Christ, receive the TRUTH of the Word correctly, and be corrected in a way that would help them stay on the narrow path, rather than push them onto the broad road and right out of the church.

                                                                   iii.      The TRUE church is not an institution for
1.      gaining riches for the ministers

2.      building the biggest gold filled churches in the land

3.      putting on magic shows and displays of behavior which are not once mentioned in the scriptures
a.      such as drinking poison or dancing with snakes in order to prove how holy you are
4.      the church is not a concert hall to be filled with the music of a thousand songs, and but 2 minutes of scripture reading

                                                                     iv.      THE CHURCH IS...
1.      A place where the goodness of Christ is displayed by its members to all who enter, regardless of what their sin is.

2.      A place where the TRUTH of God's Word is given without exemption, collapsing of context or misinterpretation designed to fit modern definitions of morals.
a.      God's Word, pure, Holy, unaltered Truth

3.      A place where those who come, will be guided and corrected in love to continue in the Word, not stray from it.

4.      This is how we grow as a church and God's people.      

c.      What is YOUR calling?
                                                                         i.      Counselor, teacher, prayer warrior, there are many callings.
                                                                      ii.      What is yours?
                                                                   iii.      The Body of Christ needs all of its parts...


Be like Paul, know your calling, and live it.

Be like the Church in Rome, Have the goodness of Christ, KNOW the Word of God, and help those around you stay strong in the Lord, and in Truth so they do not wander into darkness.

1 Peter 5:7-9 "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings."

Who is he looking for? The weak ones who wander too far from the flock.

Proverbs 26:12-14
"Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?
    There is more hope for a fool than for them.

13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,
    a fierce lion roaming the streets!”

14 As a door turns on its hinges,
    so a sluggard turns on his bed."

We need to remember what Paul said in Romans 13:11
"...Understand the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed."

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