Ministry Pathways

Romans: The Glory of the Gospel Part 39

Ministry Pathways – Romans 15:22-33

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Aug. 12th, 2018

(Our apologies… due to technical difficulties, the first few minutes of the sermon were not recorded in the audio file. You can hear the entire message if you watch the video.)

Intro:

  • Last week we talked about the mission and ministry of Paul and the things that gave him and should also bring you satisfaction in your life and calling.The fruit of successful ministry is good people who know, model and pass on the Christian faith based in scripture, impowered by the Holy Spirit.  We need ministers to tell us the truth from the Bible and to live those truths among us so we all can faithfully carry out the call of God on our lives.
  • This morning as we continue through chapter 15 we will see several ways we can be active and working in ministry. We are going to read the passage for today as a whole, keeping in mind different ways we can participate in ministry.

 

Rom 15:22-33 ESV

This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28 When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of you. 29 I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

 

30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31  that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

 

Help others in their mission

 

Rom 15:22-24a ESV

This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you,

 

  • Paul was hindered in coming to them because his focus and his call was to preach the gospel to those who had not yet heard. These people were living in Rome and had received the gospel already, so Paul did not go to them even though he had a desire to do so.
  • One of the ministries of the church of Rome was to assist those in their call of ministry.You can do the same, be it people who are working in various places or people who are working locally or in our church (Ill.  Missionaries, local ministries, mosaic, children, youth, congregation).
  • You will also receive a reward for helping them (Matt. 10:40-42). No one serves in ministry alone. No one is a lone ranger (supply lines in battle and ministry).

 

Be an enjoyable friend

 

Rom 15:24b ESV

once I have enjoyed your company for a while.

 

  • One of your ministries may be as a friend that other people enjoy. Be a person who is enjoyable to be around . . . not a joy-sucker but a joy-giver. What type of people do you like to be around? Be like that. How do people feel about being with you? Do people want to be around you?  Go and have a good time with others and in doing so they will feel blessed. This is a ministry, to be an enjoyable friend to people.

 

Provide aid to those suffering

 

Rom 15:25 ESV

At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints.

 

  • Another ministry that you can do is to provide aid to those who are suffering: those who are in persecution, those suffering disaster, those who are in the hospital or recovering from an illness, or those who are grieving for one reason or another. Providing aid to those who are suffering is a ministry. I would encourage you to be intentional about this. Make room and prepare for this.

 

Contribute to the poor

 

Rom 15:26-29 ESV

For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28 When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of you. 29 I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

 

  • Contributing to the needs of the poor is a ministry, and hopefully it pleases you to help. Again, this can be the poor around the world (Compassion, shoe boxes), those who are here with us (One Body Collaborative) or those in our church here at Mosaic.
  • It is interesting to note the logic that Paul uses in helping those in Jerusalem (those of Jewish descent) as a special obligation because they have shared with us their spiritual blessings and we should be of service to them with our material blessings.

 

Pray for people

 

Rom 15:30-31 ESV

I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,

 

  • Strive together in prayer with those who are on the front lines for their behalf.
  • Pray for protection and deliverance in persecution from unbelievers.
  • Pray that there would be receptivity of ministry with those who they are working with.
  • Regardless of your physical or physical condition, each of us can pray – and we should do so with intentionality and consistency.

 

Refresh others in their work

 

Rom 15:32-33 ESV

so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

 

  • Be a place and a people that refresh, replenish and encourage other people. We should encourage them, love them, provide for them, and guide them.  Giving our time, our words, our stuff.  (words of encouragement, cards, gifts, time).

 

Conclusion

  • All of us are called to participate in ministry. None of us are exempt from this. We are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and fulfill the call of God on our lives.  No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.  We all need each other. Together we are strong and together we can do more.  This is the primary reason why the tag line of Mosaic is “Making a difference. Together.”
  • Get involved, be specific, be intentional, pray, consider and act. Help others in their mission, be an enjoyable friend, provide aid to those suffering, contribute to the poor, pray for people, refresh others in their work. By being involved you will find purpose, joy, friendship and reward. Make your life count by making a difference while you are here on this earth, with reward in eternity.  Talk to some of the people who presented today. Sign up for something.
  • Prayer