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Striving Together

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Romans 15:20-33 “My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.” Romans 15:20 NLT When Jesus ascended into heaven, the whole world was unreached. His followers immediately set out to reach the world with the Good News. Paul is talking about reaching unreached people when he says, “My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard.” While the idea of an unreached people group is not new, the emphasis in the 21st century Church has shifted from “countries” to “people groups.” To help us understand the difference, I have included here a lengthy quote from The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Church. At the time of the Lausanne missionary conference in 1974, there were evangelical Christians in most countries around the world. During the conference, a missiologist named Ralph Winte

Persuaded

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Romans 15:14-19 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. ( Romans 15:14 KJV ) Most of us think we know people. We become pretty good judges of character. In our high school yearbooks, we single out the class clown and the most likely to succeed. Jesus said we would know people by their fruits. Therefore, a certain amount of judging or judgment takes place and some of it is necessary. For example, if someone is needed to give a speech, one would not choose the shyest person in the class. To varying degrees, we all make judgment calls. For another example, I have never called my mother for help with car trouble. On the other hand, my father is an excellent resource for car problems. Some of our judgments are more important than others. Things like who one hires, or who to go to for advice and counsel are examples of decisions having more impact

Joy and Peace in Believing

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Romans 15:1-13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ( Romans 15:13 ESV ) This verse sums up what we will be working toward today: hope! Our God is a God of hope. By the power of the Holy Spirit we can abound in hope. Our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ is at the root of being filled with all joy and peace in believing. Psalm 69 contains prophecy about our Lord Jesus. It is the Psalm most often quoted in the New Testament. John 2:17 quotes it when Jesus cleared the temple. John says that it is written about Jesus, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” In this verse, John is quoting Psalm 69:9.  For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. ( Psalms 69:9 ESV ) Paul also quotes Psalm 69:9 in Romans 15:3, but he quotes the last half of the verse. "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.&

His Sheep

His Sheep John 10:27 Many voices call out for our attention. Many would-be shepherds call out, “Follow me!” For example, Google, in an effort to scan every book in existence, calculated that there are 129,864,880 unique books in the world. Each of these books represents a voice calling out to be heard. Not all say, “Follow Me,” but many do. Another example would be political campaigns. How many candidates run for office and call out “FOLLOW ME”? Of course, I am myself a preacher and must include my voice in our considerations. Many preachers call out “Follow Me!” Which voices do you choose to listen to? How do we know which voices are reliable guides? John tells us that Jesus was the Word, was with God in the beginning and He was God. He came and dwelt among us. This is found in the first chapter of John as John introduces his subject. This means that God, our creator, was living among us. John 1:14 says: So the Word became human and made his home