Christ’s death on the cross overcomes our fear of man and realigns our priorities toward kingdom service.
Every true church is an embassy of the kingdom of Christ, and if the church is an embassy, we are all ambassadors. Because of our new identity in Jesus, our priorities, attitudes and actions are to bear out a divine ethic of love that results in all glory being given to Christ. This ethic of love is evidenced in our corporate prayers, how we show hospitality, the way we serve one another, and the affection and love we share with one another. As the church embodies these traits faithfully, the lost will be drawn to this display of the glory of Christ.
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.
In this final sermon from Romans 14, Pastor Shawn summarizes the 10 principles that Paul has given to protect unity and foster love within the church when believers hold differing convictions on secondary matters. The nature of the conscience is discussed as well as how faith is to be the basis for all we do in the Christian life.