Sermon Prep in Progress....Romans 1:8-17
Subject: What Paul's motivation was in visiting the Church at Rome.
Complement: Paul sought to accomplish mutual encouragement, his duty to the Greeks and the Barbarians, and exercise the power of the Gospel among the Romans.
Proposition: The hearers should enjoy the faith of others and by the power of the Gospel seek to see more people come to faith.
Exegetical Idea: Paul sought to strengthen and encourage Roman believers as well as being encouraged by them.
Applicable Idea: Believers should look to one another for their own encouragement and opportunities to encourage other believers.
- Paul thanked God for the Roman believers themselves.
- Paul thanked God for the fame of the faith of the Roman believers.
- Paul prayed for the believers in Rome.
- Paul prayed that he might according to God's will have occasion to visit the Church at Rome.
- Paul longed to edify the Church at Rome spiritually.
- Paul longed to receive comfort from the Roman believers on account of the faith they shared.
- (v8) Thankfulness for The Fame of their Faith.
- (v9) Paul considered them a tool in evangelizing and edifying others.
- (v10) Consistently, prayerfully desired to visit them
- (v11) Wanted to strengthen them spiritually
- (v12) Restatement - Paul sought mutual encouragement. Faith building faith in one another
Task set before him....
- (v13) Previous challenges had prevented Paul from visiting.
- (v13) His purpose was the productive work of God.
- (v14) Paul considered himself in debted to these people though he didn't owe them anything in the common sense of the word.
- (v15) Thus, he was ready to preach the gospel
The tool at Paul''s disposal
- (v16) He felt no shame in it. After all, it is the very power of God. It produces salvation to everyone.
- (v17) righteousness of God is all about faith. Starts with faith and ends with faith. ...THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.