Send The Light         Feb. 19, 2006         Rom. 15:14-20,22-25, 28-32


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Introduction

When I saw the tide in the Gulf of Mexico I thought about the words of the song: Send The

Light.  You will remember the words, "There's a call comes ringing o'er the restless wave, A Send the

light! Send the  Light!" There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save, Send the light!  As I watched

the waves I thought of the love of God for the lost; and His desire for us to share the message that too

few of us share.

 

1.      Send the Light with . . Confidence.         15:14‑15b

 

A.          Confidence to Send The Light to the . . Brethren.          v 14

1.          Paul's Confidence In His Brother's . . Advancement.  v 14a

14 Now, my brothers, I myself am convinced about you that you also are full

of goodness, filled with all knowledge, . . ."

 

2.          Paul's Confidence In His Brother's  . . Abilities.  v 14 b

A. . . and able to instruct one another."

 

B.          Confidence to Send The Light with . . Boldness.          v 15                                                     

1.          Paul Expressed Boldness In . . Penmanship.     v 15 a

15 Nevertheless, to remind you, I have written to you more boldly on some points . . ."
                         2.       Paul Expressed Boldness In . . Preferences.  v 15 b

". . . because of the grace given me by God."

 

We can send the light with confidence in our brother's abilities and willing advancement.  Many times we sell ourselves, and others, short of what God can do in our lives.   Sometimes Christians think they "can't" when they "can" under the power God gives.   I have seen timid new Christians become bold in their ability to share the gospel, and to teach others.   Paul wrote with a bold confidence to the Roman Christians because he believed they could accept his boldness, and because of the grace given to him by God.

 

 

2.      Send The Light with . . Credentials.         15:15c‑16

 

A.       Send The Light with . . Grace Credentials.  v 15c

A. . . of the grace given me by God.@

      

B.       Send The Light with . . Gospel Credentials.          v 16a

                    16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, serving as a

priest of God=s good news.

         

C.       Send The Light with . . Gentile Credentials.  v 16b

My purpose is that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified

by the Holy Spirit.

 

I am one who likes for a person to have authority or credentials behind their words and works.  It does not matter what we think if we do not have some authority behind our thoughts.  If a person shares a thought obviously backed by scripture I immediately give those thoughts acceptance.  Paul shared the Gospel with the credentials of grace, Gospel, and Gentile converts.  If someone shares thoughts about witnessing, and then says here are the people I have led to the Lord, and several converts step forward.  I listen to this person because the credentials back up what has been said.  Paul did this with the Gentile converts he won to faith in Christ.

 


3.       Send the Light with . . Commitment.          15:17‑20

 

A.          Commitment through the . . Word of God.  15:17-18

17 Therefore I have reason to boast in Christ Jesus regarding what pertains to God.

18 For I would not dare say anything except what Christ has accomplished through

me to make the Gentiles obedient by word and deed,

 

B.          Commitment through the . . Wonders of God.  15:19

19 by the power of miraculous signs and wonders, and by the power of God's Spirit.

As a result, I have fully proclaimed the good news about the  Messiah from Jerusalem

all the way around to Illyricum.

 

C.          Commitment through the . . Will of God.  15:20-22

20 So my aim is to evangelize where Christ has not been named, in order that I will

not be building on someone else's foundation,  22 That is why I have been prevented many

times from coming to you. 

 

D.          Commitment through the . . Work of God.  15:23

23 But now I no longer have any work to do in these provinces,

and I have strongly desired for many years to come to you 

 

E.          Commitment through the . . Ways of God.  15:24-25

24 whenever I travel to Spain.  For I do hope to see you when I pass through, and

to be sent on my way there by you, once I have first enjoyed your company for a while.

25 Now, however, I am traveling to Jerusalem to serve the saints;

 

Paul's commitment to Send The Light centered in the Word, wonders, work, and ways of the Lord.

Paul teaches us to be obedient to the Word of God and lead others to do the same.  When he led a person to faith in Christ he wanted them to become obedient to all God's Word says.   Do the wonders of the Lord inspire us to share?  It is my opinion the wonders add confirmations to God's word.  Paul wanted to share the gospel in other places so he stated his work was done in one region, and looked forward to sharing in another location.  Can you look over your life, and see how God has led you?  Sometimes we may wonder what is happening only to see clearly a year or two later.  We may not always understand the ways of God, but our commitment needs to honor His leading even if we do not fully understand.

 

4.      Send the Light with . . Contributions.          15:28-32

 

A.       The Contributions of . . Funds.  v 28

28 So when I have finished this and safely delivered the funds to them, I will go

by way of you to Spain. 

 

B.       The Contributions of . . Fullness.  v 29-30

1.          Fullness of Blessing.  v 29

29 But I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness

of the blessing of Christ. 

2.          Fullness of Prayer.  v 30

30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through

the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, NKJV

 

C.       The Contributions of . . Freshness.  v 31-32

31 that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, that my service for

Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,  32 and that, by God/s will, I may come to you

with joy and be refreshed together with you.


To Send the Light we need contributions, and I see the contribution of funds, fullness, and freshness in these verses.   Paul wanted to deliver the funds to the Church, and then go on to share in Spain.  Our missionaries answer the call to go, and we need to make sure the funds are there to support their wiliness to share the Gospel Message.  The fullness of Christ's blessing includes funds but is definitely more.  Paul says he will come to the church in the fullness of Christ, and that included prayers, and blessings, all of which are beneficial for us to Send the Light. 

Amen?  Amen!