Saturday, January 9, 2010

Christ's Righteousness Transforms Our Lives Towards Weak Brothers 2 (Romans 15)

Text: Romans 15

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God...

5. In Transformation (12-16)
C) Towards Weak Brothers (14:1 - 15:33)

Chapter 15 continues the theme that strong Christians (those who understand their liberty to do things the Bible does not forbid) should put up with the convictions of weak Christians (those whose consciences will not allow them to do things the Bible allows), and discusses Paul's plans for ministry (14-33).

Strong Christians should put up with the convictions of weak christians because it builds them up in the faith (2), because Jesus endured wrong to please God and benefit others (3), because God--through perseverance and the comfort of Scripture--gives hope to those who do (4-5), and because it glorifies God when believers praise Him in harmony (6-13).

Paul wrote this letter as a reminder (14-15), in keeping with his God ordained ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles (16-19). He was hindered from visiting the Romans by the desire to preach only where Christ had never been taught (20-22), but hoped to visit them during a future trip to Spain (23-24). Heading to Jerusalem, he asked the Romans to pray God would deliver him from trouble and give him an acceptable ministry there (25-33).

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.