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Lessons about Christ’s Work in the Life of the Servant of God. Roman 15:17-21. Romans 1:1. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, . Romans 15:17-19.

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Lessons about christ s work in the life of the servant of god

Lessons about Christ’s Work in the Life of the Servant of God

Roman 15:17-21


Romans 1 1

Romans 1:1

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,


Romans 15 17 19

Romans 15:17-19

  • I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, 19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum,


Romans 15 19 21

Romans 15: 19-21

  • 20 I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: 21

  • But as it is written,

    • To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.


Lessons about christ s work in the life of the servant of god

#1

God is glorified when Paul talks about Christ’s work in his life pertaining to the kingdom of God.


Romans 15 17

Romans 15:17

  • I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

  • In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.

  • Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God.


Paul s testimony

Paul’s Testimony

1 Corinthians 15:10

  • But by the grace of God I am what I am:

  • and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain;

  • but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.


2 corinthians 3 5

2 Corinthians 3:5

  • Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Would people who know you say, you are quick to give God credit for your sufficiency?


Lessons about christ s work in the life of the servant of god

#2

The Sovereign God of the Universe accomplishes His Will through His Servants.


Romans 15 18

Romans 15:18

  • For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

Double Negative = The only thing Paul will talk about is what Christ has done through him.


Lessons about christ s work in the life of the servant of god

#3

How God glorifying is a conversion which doesn’t result in servants striving to obey their Lord?


Romans 15 181

Romans 15:18

  • For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,


Romans 1 5

Romans 1:5

  • By whom we have received grace and apostleship,

  • for [to bring about] obedience to the faith among all nations,

  • for his name:


Titus 2 11 12

Titus 2:11-12

  • For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

  • Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;


Jesus said

Jesus Said

Matthew 5:13

  • Ye [disciples] are the salt of the earth:

  • but if the salt have lost his savor [flavor], wherewith shall it be salted?

  • it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.


Lessons about christ s work in the life of the servant of god

#4

Christ works in both our words and our deeds seeking to remove any accusation of hypocrisy or duplicity.


Romans 15 182

Romans 15:18

  • For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

Paul says, “God could use both my preaching and life.”


Romans 15 183

Romans 15:18

  • For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

Why wouldn’t Paul boast about the # of converts he had brought to obedience to the gospel?


Lessons about christ s work in the life of the servant of god

#5

Paul understood people were saved, it wasn’t because of his charm, persuasive abilities, cleverness, etc.


Lessons about christ s work in the life of the servant of god

1 Corinthians 2:1–5And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.


Biblical theology

Biblical Theology

  • Paul understood that when souls were being saved under his preaching ministry, it was ONLY because CHRIST was working in him.

  • Therefore, all he would boast about was Christ’s or the Spirit’s Work.


Turn to

Turn to

Acts 10:34-44


Lessons about christ s work in the life of the servant of god

CS Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia

“The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”


Lessons about christ s work in the life of the servant of god

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth [wishes], and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:5–8)


Romans 15 19

Romans 15:19

  • Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God;

  • so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Why did the Spirit do mighty signs and wonders in word and deed in Paul’s life?

Turn to Acts 14:8


Acts 14 8 23

Acts 14:8-23

Paul in L

Paul and Barnabus at Lystra

Acts 14:8-23


Question

Question

What was the purpose of the signs and wonders done by the Spirit through the Apostles?


Romans 15 191

Romans 15:19

  • Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God;

  • so thatfrom Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Why did the Spirit do mighty signs and wonders in word and deed in Paul’s life?


Look back at

Look back at

Acts 2 & 3


Romans 15 20

Romans 15:20

  • Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:

Why?


Lessons about christ s work in the life of the servant of god

#6

Paul understood that God’s plan to save souls is for His servants to share the gospel.


1 corinthians 1 18 21

1 Corinthians 1:18–21

  • For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God…

  • For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.


Romans 15 21

Romans 15:21

  • But as it is written (Isaiah 52:15),

    • To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see:

    • and they that have not heard shall understand.

This is a promise from God.


Jesus said1

Jesus Said

John 10:16

  • And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:

  • them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice;

  • and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. ”


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