Abide in Truth is a ministry of Calvary Chapel Emmett and listeners can tune in every weekday at 10:30 am and again at 5:45 pm. Mike Hughes is the teaching pastor at CC Emmett and each week he looks to go through God’s Word, book by book and chapter by chapter. We are currently going through the book of Romans in a series entitled Amazing Grace. So grab your Bible, turn up the volume and follow along with us.
Is there a person or a group of people that you are not very fond of? Liberals, conservatives, poor, wealthy, homosexuals, bigots, gang members, refugees, Muslims, Mormons, whites, blacks, Latinos, Canadians? Like it or not, we all hold prejudices against some group of people, it is human nature, even if they’re not super strong prejudices. If there was a revival among a people group that you weren’t fond of, and you came to church and a large number of people from that group were there, how would you react? After thinking about this idea now, you can have an understanding of how the early church felt about the gentiles joining their churches and why Paul felt that it was so important to remind the early Christians that Christ came to save all of humanity, and not just the Jews or any other single people group. This week’s sermon focuses on Romans 15:7-21.
Section Text (NKJV)
7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9 and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:
“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
And sing to Your name.”
10 And again he says:
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”
11 And again:
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!”
12 And again, Isaiah says:
“There shall be a root of Jesse;
And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
14 Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, 16 that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient— 19 in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21 but as it is written:
“To whom He was not announced, they shall see;
And those who have not heard shall understand.”