Sermon: The Revelation of God’s Righteousness Where There Is No Church (Rom15:14–24) -- By: John Piper

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 09:4 (Winter 2005)
Article: Sermon: The Revelation of God’s Righteousness Where There Is No Church (Rom15:14–24)
Author: John Piper


Sermon: The Revelation of God’s Righteousness
Where There Is No Church (Rom15:14–24)1

John Piper

John Piper has been the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 1980. Previously, he taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Piper is the author of numerous books, including The Pleasures of God (Multnomah, 2000), Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions (Baker, 2003), and God is the Gospel (Crossway, 2005).

And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another. But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God. For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; but as it is written, “They who had no news of him shall see, and they who have not heard shall understand.” For this reason I have often been prevented from coming to you; but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you whenever I go to Spain—for I hope to see you in passing, and to be helped on my way there by you, when I have first enjoyed your company for a while (Rom 15:14–24).2

Five W’s for the Missionaries and the “Rope-holders”

Romans 15 is probably the most missions-rich chapter of the New Testament. Dozens of points could be made about the foundation and goal and method of world evangelization. From all of these, I have selected five observations from this text for this morning’s message. My aim is to build in our church—especially with all its new people—a common vision of world missions. Why is world missions so crucial in the ministry of this church? What do we mean by it? How do we go about it? What is your place in it? In all this vision building, I p...

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