Encouraging Those Who Serve

Responsibility for pleasing one another falls on all believers, but especially on those who are strong. Paul is concerned that the strong take seriously their obligation to use their God-given strength in serving weaker believers. The more they live such sacrificial lives, the more like Christ they become.
August 19, 2018
Romans 15:1-13
LakeRidge Baptist Church
Delivered by Raif Turner

I. Regard for Others (Romans 15:1a)
II. Disregard for Self (Romans 15:1b-2)
III. Conforming to Christ (Romans 15:3)
IV. Strength and Encouragement from the Scripture (Romans 15:4)
V. Strength and Encouragement from the Lord (Romans 15:5)
VI. Giving Glory to God (Romans 15:6)
VII. Imitating Christ (Romans 15:7-12)

Bible Text
Romans 15:1–13 (NKJV)
1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.
3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”
4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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.

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