Fulfilling Christ's Mission
Scripture: Romans 15:14–15:21
Romans: The Gospel for God’s glory
Fulfilling Christ’s mission
We fulfill Christ’s mission by spreading the gospel until all peoples have a gospel witness
1) I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15:14.
In what ways does this verse describe a healthy church?
2) But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit, 15:15-16.
Paul has corrected them for their judging and despising one another (14:1-15:6), and taught them a lot of knowledge in this letter. How does what he says in v.15 qualify what he said in v.14? Why does so much of Christian teaching consist of reminding?
As an apostle, Paul was given grace (1:5) to be a minister of Christ to the Gentiles. How does Paul describe his ministry to the Gentiles?
3) In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God, for I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 15:17-18.
Why is Paul’s “boasting” not sinful pride? What does Paul say that Christ accomplished through him? The word for “Gentiles” = nations = ethnic groups.
4) by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 15:19.
What is important about the fact that Christ accomplished through Paul the obedience of the Gentiles by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of God’s Spirit? How can Paul say that he has fulfilled the ministry of the gospel all the way from Jerusalem to Illyricum (Albania/Croatia)?
5) and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 15:20.
From v.19 and v.20, along with Matthew 24:14, what does it mean to fulfill Christ’s mission?
6) but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand, 15:21.
What are ways we can make our lives count in fulfilling Christ’s mission?