The work is important, but the worship is primary.
The Work – Paul is satisfied with his work, but wants to do more.
- Paul is satisfied with the faith of the Roman church (15:14)
- Paul is bold because he is an apostle to the Gentiles (15:15-16)
- Paul is proud of the work that he has accomplished (15:17)
- Paul’s accomplishments are actually the work of Christ (15:18-19)
- Paul’s ambition is to preach the gospel in new places (15:20-21)
- Paul wants to visit Rome and find support for his mission (15:22-24)
- Paul is completing his work with the Jerusalem offering (15:29)
- Paul asks the church to pray for him and his mission (15:30-33)
Rom 16:1-16, 21-23
The Workers – Paul is surrounded by faithful men and women.
The Warning – Not everyone wants the work to succeed.
- Avoid those who cause division and create obstacles (16:17)
- These self-centered enemies are not servants of Christ (16:18)
- Paul rejoices for the church and reminds them to be wise (16:19)
- God will crush his enemy and give victory to his people (16:20)
The Worship – Worship motivates the work.
- God equips his workers with his words to strengthen his people (16:26)
- The glorification of God is the ground and the goal for this work (16:27)