A. BASIS of – grace
When we view all things in light of God’s Grace we can give thanks.
B. OCCASION for – a faithful testimony
C. REASON for – encourage others
Not only does Paul thank God for their testimony, he tells them of his prayer of thanksgiving to God in order to encourage their faith & continued ministry.
Lord make us into a church that is worth talking about. Empower us for your glory’s sake, to be a faithful witness. Make us famous, not for having big organizations or popular programs, but for demonstrating a great faith.
A. The VERACITY of his prayers – God is my witness
B. The REGULARITY of his prayers – without ceasing, always
C. The NECESSITY of his prayers – to strengthen faith
1 Th 2:8-9, “having a fond affection for you, we were pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. For you remember our labor & toil; laboring night & day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God”
The foremost characteristic of love is a willingness to give oneself to others.
2 Cor 12:15 – “I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls”
Paul doesn’t think himself to be so “above” everyone else in knowledge that he has nothing more to learn. He knows about the reciprocal blessings of Christian fellowship &, although he’s an apostle, he’s not too proud to acknowledge his own need of strengthening.
We all can be mutually blessed by one another.
A. The GOAL (13a) – to minister at Rome
Paul was determined to reach his goal in spite of the hindrances, for hindrances are not always an evidence that our goals are wrong. It may be that only the timing is wrong.
B. The REASON (13b) – fruit
What is fruit?Attitudes – Gal 5:22-23 Actions – Rom 6:22; Heb 13:15; Phil 1:11, 4:17 Addition – Rom 16:5
Paul wanted to reap a harvest of souls to help the Roman church (see Phil 4:22).
C. The MOTIVATION (14a) – debtor
Paul owed a debt to God – Rom 1:1; 1 Cor 9:16 – “woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
Paul owed a debt to the world – to give them a message that will rescue them hell
D. The OBJECTS (14b) – Greeks and BarbariansThe gospel is no respecter of persons. The gospel is the great equalizer because every person is equally lost without it & equally saved by it.
Paul was obligated to preach the gospel to everyone without distinction of nationality (like the Jews thought) & without cultural development (like the Romans thought), for all have the same need of forgiveness.
Paul was ready, eager & excited to go to Rome & preach the gospel.
Are you eager to serve?
Or does someone have to shove with all their might to get you involved?
The two confessions that should describe all true work for God are: I am a debtor AND I am ready