In earnest concern, Paul instructs the Church at Rome with passion, to mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which they had learned and to avoid them. When one understands the heart of God concerning His flock and the prayers of Christ that His Church may be one; insight is gleaned and understanding is gained as it relates to the importance of unity. One begins to see the utter wickedness and evil of a divisive person! The Greek word for division is where we get our English word for dichotomy, which means to cut into two parts. The Word of God is clear; we are to mark such people, and to have nothing to do with them, for such serve not the Lord Jesus Christ but their own bellies and their own conceited agendas!!
It is with thankfulness to God, that we conclude this teaching series on the Book of Romans. May the Lord be glorified in all that has been shared and may we strive to walk in the reality of it!!
All I’m sure are familiar with the concept of a roll of honour, a list of names of those counted worthy of receiving honour; of being highly esteemed in the sight of men and thus to be regarded with great respect. In the chapter before us, Paul lists his own roll call of honour, of faithful Saints counted worthy of double honour on account of their faithful labours of service in Christ towards the Brethren, not least towards Paul himself. Among many of the nobles, are the names of women, the first of which being Phebe, who through her labour of love, received a commendation from Paul.
This sermon is an exhortation to the Body of Christ, to strive for that most honourable of all Christian labours, that of Christian service in the area of helps.
Having dealt already at length concerning the matter of Christian love, in a variety of Christian contexts throughout this most blessed epistle to the Romans; it is not surprising that once again before long, Paul revisits this great theme in what is yet another application of its manifold beauty!! Its depths can never be plummeted, its heights never scaled – inexhaustible, indispensable, exceeding all limits, uncontainable, unexpendable – LOVE!!
In the verses before us in this sermon, we find yet another application of love as it pertains to Christian giving. We take a closer look at this expression of love and allow the Scriptures to speak for themselves on this important matter. “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially them who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10)
The 19th century has been dubbed “the greatest century of missions”. In 1793, the modern missionary movement was birthed into being by a young Baptist minister by the name of William Carey. Over the next 100 years, missionaries were sent out from this tiny country of Great Britain, to every corner of the world. Whole tribes were converted from pagan idolatry and disciples made from every nation! In just 100 years, the world went from being 25% evangelised to 51% evangelised with the number of professing Christians more than doubling! In 1900, just under half of all international missionaries came from the British Isles! Fast forward 100 years to the 21st century and that figure now stands at a shameful 3.75%!!
This sermon is a wake-up call and a challenge to the Body of Christ to rise up in this generation and to make themselves available and willing to step out into missionary endeavour as God would lead!!
In my 16 years of being a Christian, I have found that within the professing Body of Christ, there generally exists two extremes when it comes to understanding the person and work of the Holy Spirit. On one extreme, there are those who sacrifice biblical doctrine on the altar of experience and those on the other extreme, those who sacrifice experience on the altar of learning.
This sermon is a call to a middle ground; the Bible in one hand, governing our experience in the other. To accept a spiritual experience outside the framework of Holy Scripture is a sure recipe for deception; yet to deny a genuine work of the Holy Spirit operating within the God given parameters of the Word of God is to do great insult and injury to the person of the Holy Spirit and to render the Body of Christ a spiritual handicap. We take a look at a biblical approach to understanding the ministry and power of the Holy Spirit.
There are many mysteries in the universe yet unsolved by man; veiled from his sight, concealed from his understanding; beyond his comprehension. Such mysteries have always fascinated mankind, beholding the wonder and the splendour, yet at a loss how to furnish an adequate explanation.
The Apostle Paul spoke much of the mystery of the gospel. The prophets of old foretold of a future time when the Gentiles would join the household of Israel to praise the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The fact that this was going to happen was no mystery yet the “how” of this revelation was! Two people groups, poles apart, separated by the Law. Yet Paul expounds this great mystery of the gospel, that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel!
It’s one things to fight a common enemy without – wars are fought and won on such a basis. One army sets themselves in array against another and a bloody battle is fought until one side gains the victory. However, it’s quite another thing altogether when the enemies of a man are those within his own household; those within his own ranks! How then shall the battle be won? Indeed our Lord well summed up the tragedy and the certainty of defeat when he said: “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mk. 3:25).
This sermon is a challenging exhortation for the body of Christ to grow up into Christian maturity; to put away the infighting and pride and instead to seek to forbear with one another in love and in so doing to preserve the unity of the Holy Spirit in the bond of peace!!
There are some things in the Christian religion too great to move; truths that are non-negotiable, not open for debate, off limits and out of bounds! These great doctrines of our faith pertaining to the person, nature and work of Jesus Christ and the means by which salvation comes to man are not open for discussion! To dispense of these pillars is to destroy the very foundation upon which Christianity stands. That said, there are matters of less importance, matters of Christian conscience which do allow for a difference in application and flexibility within the growing members of the Body of Christ.
In this sermon, we seek delicately and biblically to set out in love matters pertaining to Christian conscience. Which issues are matters of conscience and which are morally binding? How are we to conduct ourselves toward one another on matters of conscience? All these questions and more, we seek to answer in this teaching sermon.
The Word of God is clear…”If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (1 Jn. 4:20). Brethren, be not deceived, our love for Him who we cannot see is manifest to the degree that we love one another!! When we think of the great love that He has demonstrated towards us in sending His Son to die on the cross – Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all!!!
Dear Brethren, owe no man anything, but to love one another! The Lord’s coming is at hand and the night is far spent – It’s high time to awake out of sleep and to walk as children of the light!!!
Great misunderstanding exists among some believers regarding our relationship to governing authorities. Some boast that they have only one King to whom they owe their allegiance and thus they break the law of the land! Paul takes very strong objection against such a view and instructs believers that they are to recognise that governing authorities have received their seat of power from God. God’s ministers they are, to execute wrath and justice in His place! As Christians we are not to be rebels in our cause but rather we are to subject ourselves to those God has placed over us.
In this sermon, a clear exhortation is delivered for Christians to be law abiding citizens. Recognising on one hand our citizenship in heaven, but on the other, our citizenship on earth; it is not Caesar or Christ, but both, so long as the law of Caesar does not contravene the law of God!!