Romans 1:8-15 / As Much As Is In Me (Sermon – Notes and Audio)

Posted on March 8, 2013


This is the third in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Romans. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of March 3, 2013. This message deals with serving God with all that we have. This contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Rom 1_8-15




Romans 1:8-15 / As Much As Is In Me

Paul starts by expressing his thankfulness for the saints, as he does in all of his letters, except Galatians.

These people were, undoubtedly,
accomplishing much for Christ, as there faith was known worldwide.

This goes to show that a strong faith does not go unnoticed.

Paul earnestly prays for them.

In fact, he was very emphatic about it “for God as my witness.”

He invokes God as his witness, probably because the claim he was making would have been hard to believe.

Paul didn’t even know these people, why would he give them such priority?

Because they were accomplishing great things, and his only desire is to see God glorified and His work prosper.

Notice he mentions that he serves God “in MY spirit” not in THE spirit.

This is simply an expression that he serves God with all that he has and is, according to the command of Jesus.

Matthew 22:37

This is also consistent with verse 15, as we’ll see later.

We see here, the specifics of Paul’s prayer.

He was so impressed with their faith, that he really wanted to meet them.

His request was “by some means.”

He didn’t care how it happened, he just wanted to get there.

Little did Paul know that the only way he would get to Rome, would be as a prisoner.

Paul wouldn’t be suggesting that he could bestow some charismatic gift, such as seen in 1 Cor. 12, on these believers.

Obviously, Paul does not have the power to do that, and he would never claim such Godly power for himself.

His intention was always to direct people to Christ.

“impart… some spiritual gift” means to exercise his own spiritual gift on their behalf.

Notice he mentions how they could be an encouragement to him, as well.

Even Paul needed the comfort and encouragement of other believers.

We were not designed to go through life alone, that is not what God ever intended.

Paul had a desire that we all should have. He desired to be wherever God was working.

He wanted to partake in the fruit of God’s work, as should we all.

If you’ve ever been part of a work where people were getting saved en masse, then you would understand Paul’s desire.

Besides, he understood the importance of bearing fruit, and he wanted to have plenty of it.

Matthew 7:19

Paul knew that if he didn’t bear fruit, God would no longer use him, and Paul lived to serve God.

Is that even a consideration for us today, or is it just easier if God doesn’t use you?

Paul wanted to go to Rome not to change Rome, but to change individuals.

Paul had a debt to pay, which was preaching the Gospel to all people.

All who are born again believers, carry that same debt.

Love all people, don’t play favorites.

“Barbarians” = The Greeks called anyone who did not use the Greek or Latin language barbarians.

How did Paul pay this debt? with “as much as is in” him.

Paul preached with all his strength, we should give nothing less to God.
What has happened that we are no longer willing to preach the Gospel with all that is in us?

We would rather socialize than preach the Gospel.

We would rather share any news, other than the good news of Jesus Christ.

We would rather share any achievement, but that of the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

What has happened that our churches have become social clubs, rather than soul winning organisms?

What has happened that our churches have become places of entertainment, instead of houses of worship?

What has happened that our theology is based on emotion, rather than the revealed truth of the Word of God?

What has happened that our churches have become a place where we never wade more than ankle deep in the water of God’s Word?

What has happened that we can build elaborate cathedrals, while we turn a blind eye to those in need?

What has happened that His grace is not sufficient, we need to add to it the things of the world?

What has happened, that we need to water down the blood of Christ with worldly philosophies?

What has happened that we’d rather preach material prosperity, than eternal blessings and rewards?

What has happened that we’d rather preach self-help than Christ-help?

What has happened that we’d rather tickle ears that stir souls?

What has happened to the church?

What has happened is that we’ve ceased to worship Christ.

We pay lip service, and talk about how great He is. We do great works, but we are living for our work, not for Christ.

Christ alone, is the one to worship

Revelation 4:11

We must draw near with a true heart.

Hebrews 10:22

To truly worship, we must be completely and totally yielded to God

Change starts with you!

Come to God in worship, then Pray! Ask God to reveal Himself, then get into the Word!

Pray! Ask God to open your eyes, then get into the Word!

Pray! Ask God for faith, then get into the Word!

Pray! Ask God for wisdom, then get into the Word!

Pray! Ask God to start a revival in YOU, then preach the word!

Come to God in worship, humbled and surrendered.

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