We find ourselves nearing the end of Romans, and I don’t know about you, but some of the most important bits in the letters I write are near the end.
In Romans 15 Paul is finishing up his section of his letter on how we are to live in light of the Gospel. Essentially, we are to follow the example of Christ: we encourage one another in the faith, we live in peace, we are unified, and we glorify God. In the sum total of things, how do we treat others? We treat them as Christ treated us — He welcomed us into the family of God and so we do the same for others.
Paul reminds us that Jesus is truly the hope for both Jew and Gentile. He points out God’s promises in Scripture and then explains how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of those promises.
Paul then personally encourages and praises the church in Rome. He then explains his mission and heart for God and the gentiles. This section brings me such joy because it’s truly seeing the heart of Paul and his desire for the Gospel to be known throughout the world. He had done some amazing things in his ministry and he can be proud because he did it all by the power of the Holy Spirit and for the glory of God.
So this is my encouragement: let’s be a church who can be proud of the mission God has called us to. Look back on the four years or however many years you have been with Real Church and let’s reflect, rejoice, and celebrate all the good things the Holy Spirit has done through our little church. And then ask God, what’s your mission?
He’s a big God doing big things in our small church and what a gift it is to be a part of it!