Week 1 – Jeff Maness – August 11, 2019
Glory – Purpose
Big Idea: God’s glory gives us a purpose so that our purpose can give God glory.
Romans 11:36 36 For everything comes from him (God) and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
Big Question: What kind of purpose does glory give us?
Main Scripture: Romans 15:14-22
Romans 15:14 14 I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them.
Romans 15:15-17 15 Even so, I have been bold enough to write about some of these points, knowing that all you need is this reminder. For by God’s grace, 16 I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit. 17 So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God.
1. A unique calling from God
Romans 15:18-19 18 Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me, bringing the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I worked among them. 19 They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God’s Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum.
2. An unfiltered Promotion of God
Romans 15:18a 18a Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me…
Psalm 20:7 Some nations (people) boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 34:2 I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.
3. A heart for those unreached by God
Romans 15:20-22 20 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. 21 I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, “Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand.” 22 In fact, my visit to you has been delayed so long because I have been preaching in these places.