Does Your Life Speak Well Of God? Rom. 15:1-13 (HCSB) Nov. 27, 2011
Have you heard someone talk about a person who claims to be a Christian; and say, “that person
gives Christianity a bad name?” I am rather sure you have; So the lesson asks a very pertinent question.
1. Speak Well Of God . . Seek to Please Others for Him. 15:1-3
A. Seek to Please Others through our . . Obligation to the Weak 15:1-2
1 Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without
strength, and not to please ourselves.
2 Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
B. Seek to Please Others through our . . Obedience to the Lord. 15:3
3 For even the Messiah did not please Himself. On the contrary, as it is written, The insults
of those who insult You have fallen on Me.
I don’t like to hear a church called by the name of a pastor as someone says, “Oh that’s Bro. McCullen’s church. It is not a pastor’s church if it is the Lord’s I would much rather someone refer to a church as belonging to the Lord. If the church and pastor make every effort to magnify the Lord they will seek to help the weak and not serve self. Obedience to the Lord calls people’s attention to Him and to exalt His name.
When we build up and encourage one another for the Lord it creates growth in our lives.
2. Speak Well Of God . . Searching the Scriptures. 15:4-6
A. Searching the Scriptures and the . . Encouragement from the Scriptures. 15:4
4 For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have
hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures.
B. Searching the Scriptures and Following the . . Endurance of the Lord. 15:5-6
5 Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony
with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus,
6 so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind
If we seek to learn and follow the scriptures we will receive encouragement from the them.
Christian growth comes through the Holy Spirit applying the scriptures in our lives. If we do this as a church it causes harmony between one another and endurance in the service of Christ.
I know many Christian’s who have served the Lord faithfully for many years and it is a joy to see their stability in the service of the Lord. This kind of activity glorifies the Lord and strengthens the church.
3. Speak Well Of God . . Serving Faithfully. 15:7-10
A. Serving Faithfully by the . . Acceptance of One Another. 15:7-8
7 Therefore accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God.
8 For I say that the Messiah became a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth,
to confirm the promises to the fathers,
B. Serving Faithfully . . Among all the People. 15:9-10
9 and so that Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy. As it is written: Therefore I will
praise You among the Gentiles, and I will sing psalms to Your name.
10 Again it says: Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people!
You know most of American Christianity would be called Gentile Christianity. In fact if you have a member of your church who was raised Jewish it is unusual. When we read scriptures and it relates to the blessing of the Gospel to Gentiles it speaks specifically to us. However Gentiles were in the minority in early Christianity. Paul encouraged these believers to accept all Christians and serve the Lord faithfully together.
I have been in places that attracted Christians of all nationalities and colors. It was a blessing to see this reality for myself. The Children’s Song, “Red or Yellow Black or White,” becomes more of a reality in those situations.
4. Speak Well Of God through the . . Seed of Jesse (Jesus). 15:11-13
A. Speak Through the . . Appearance of the Seed of Jesse (Jesus). 15:11-12
11 And again: Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; all the peoples should praise Him!
12 And again, Isaiah says: The root of Jesse will appear, the One who rises to rule the
Gentiles; the Gentiles will hope in Him.
B. Speak Through the . . Abundance of the Seed of Jesse (Jesus). 15:13
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that
you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The seed of Jesse of course represents Jesus. Through both Mary and Joseph He is in the linage of David
but Isaiah calls attention to Him being the seed of Jesse. Why? Jesse was a common man and not a king or of a kingly linage. Jesus came to serve and not to be served. The day when Jesus will be served will come but the seed of Jesse brings salvation to everyone including Gentiles. Eventually He will rule over Jew and Gentile. Because of this truth we may overflow with hope and say a prominent, Yes to the question Does Your Life Speak Well Of God? Amen? Amen!