In this final sermon on the book of Romans, Pastor Shawn summarizes the entire book in one sermon, providing both reflections on the significance of the doctrine of salvation as well as practical application of the dominant themes.
In this final expositional sermon from the book of Romans, Pastor Shawn leads us to explore the doxology of praise that Paul uses to close this amazing epistle. Here we see the wonders of our God celebrated as we reflect upon the mystery of salvation now revealed, God’s purpose for the nations, the resulting obedience of faith, and the glory that abounds to God through Jesus Christ. This sermon was also delivered on Graduate Recognition Sunday, 2018.
As the Apostle Paul gives his final greetings and benediction to the church at Rome, we hear repeatedly of the role of Scripture. In this first of a two-part sermon, we explore the doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture and then follow by examining exactly how God establishes in the faith through His Scriptures.
Beware of those who seek to hijack the church to satisfy their fleshly cravings! Paul had just authored the greatest 15 chapters ever written on the Christian doctrine of salvation. After the gospels, this letter would be the theological heart of the New Testament. Thus, he held a deep concern that the Roman church be established very firmly in the truth and protected from false teachers that arose either from within our outside of the church. This sermon examines his warning to the church.
In these 16 verses, we have Paul’s greeting and commendation of over 28 people and households in the church at Rome. Some commentators find little in this list of names and move over it very quickly, but with a bit of study, we discover through this list of names the beautiful fruit of the grace of Christ.
Paul was about to take a 2,000 mile detour in the opposite direction of Rome in order to deliver a love offering from the Gentile churches in Macedonia and Achaia to the suffering mother church in Jerusalem. The journey was fraught with a couple significant challenges, and Paul knew how important the prayers of the saints were for his travels and ministry. His words in this closing text of Romans 15 provide an opportunity for us to consider (1) Our dependence upon Christ, (2) The importance of our joining together in prayer, and (2) the priority of our life together in the body of Christ.
Paul had an intense longing to visit Rome and be sent onward to the frontier by that congregation. But one very critical thing took precedent. Before he could go to Rome, he was instead going to go 1,000 miles in the opposite direction to serve the saints in Jerusalem. Through Paul, we learn important truths about what should be the passion of our lives, how we are to care for others, and key fruits of the gospel that are to be born out in believer’s lives.
As we continue with the second sermon on what a biblical shepherd is, we see in this text five more traits: The Faithful Shepherd Directs All Praise to Christ, Emphasizes Obedience in Word and Deed, Is Attended by Divine Power, Strives to See the Mission Completed, and Is Burdened to Reach the Unreached. When we consider how important these characteristics are for shepherds, we also begin to understand that all of God’s people are to aspire to embody these same traits.
With verse 14 of this chapter, Paul is now taking a distinctive turn toward the conclusion of this letter. Amongst these closing remarks, we see Paul’s desire to come to Rome, his future vision for visiting Europe, and final instructions for this beloved church. Here in the second half of chapter 15, we find Paul speaking from his heart in a manner that conveys weight as well as affection for this congregation. We also find an excellent description of the role and work of a biblical shepherd.
In this portion of Romans 15, Paul melds the subjects of unity and hope. As he reflects upon Christ’s example in serving Israel, confirming the promises of God, and accomplishing the salvation of Gentiles, his thoughts culminate in a prayer that reveals the way God brings about hope in the believer’s life.