Romans 15:7-13/ Receive One-Another (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on September 11, 2014


This is the fifty-eighth 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 September 7, 2014. This message deals with the need of believers to receive one another in the church. This post 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 15_7-13




Romans 15:7-13


As he moves forward to the conclusion of his treatment of the strong and the weak, Paul summarizes what he has already stated, receive one another.
Romans 14:1

In Romans 14, this exhortation was directed toward the strong. Here, Paul is addressing both groups.

If the perfect, sinless Son of God was willing to bring sinners into God’s family, how much more should forgiven believers be willing to warmly embrace and accept each other in spite of their disagreements over issues of conscience.

Matthew 10:24

Ephesians 4:32–5:2

Christ received us with all of our faults, and we are to do the same for each other.

Jesus was born a Jew (Matthew chapter 1), and first and foremost He came to his own, and although His own did not receive Him that did not change His mission.

John 1:11

Jesus was made a minister to the Jews first, and even restricted the activity of the disciples to their own nation during those days.

Matthew 15:24

Matthew 10:5-6

Was it wrong or selfish of God to emphasize the Jews in this way?

Of course not. Through the Jews He would send the good news of salvation to the gentiles.

John 4:22

The first Christians were Jewish believers.

We also need to understand that this was the fulfillment of God’s promise to the patriarchs.

This is the covenant that God made with Abraham, and reiterated to Isaac and Jacob.

Romans 9:4-5

Not only was this a fulfillment of God’s promise, it served as a reminder to the gentiles in the church that God had a covenant with Israel.

Romans 1:16-17

The Gentiles were reminded that they should be careful not to dismiss or slight the Jewish element of the church – receive one another.

However, once that point has been made, Paul reveals that God’s purpose never was exclusively directed toward Israel.

Genesis 12:3

From the beginning, the gentiles were blessed as well as the Jews.

Paul quotes 2 Samuel 22:50, Psalm 18:49, Deuteronomy 32:43, Psalm 117:1, Isaiah 11:1, 10

Paul made his point by quoting the Old Testament, the very thing that the Jews knew so well.

Just as he had reminded the gentiles that God had a covenant with the Jews, he is reminding the Jews that God has always been working toward the salvation of the gentiles, as well.

Thus, the Jews were likewise admonished not to dismiss or slight the gentile element of the church – receive one another.

This, so that God would be glorified among the gentiles. By demonstrating His mercy, God was glorified.

For God’s mercy, we should rejoice, and we should rejoice with His people.

This requires that we gather together, worship together, and fellowship together.

We won’t do that apart from the church.

Because of God’s mercy we have hope.

Isaiah prophesied long ago that Christ would be the savior and Lord of the gentiles.

He has always been our hope, and we have always been part of His plan!

Look at the progression of promises in these verses:

1) The Jews glorify God among the gentiles. V.9

2) The gentiles rejoice with the Jews. V.10

3) All the Jews and gentiles praise God together. V.11

4) Christ will reign over Jews and gentiles. V.12

God reigns, and He is the source of eternal hope, life, and salvation, and he is the object of hope for every believer.

The believer’s hope comes through the Scripture, which was written and is applied to every believing heart by the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:4

Ephesians 1:13-14

This prayer, made by Paul, was very fitting. The Roman church was a diverse community.

It was made up of Jews and Gentiles, slaves and free people, rich and poor, strong and weak. So it was difficult for them to accept one another.

Through this prayer, God is recognized as a God of hope.

Even when our differences seem to override our common bond in Christ, God provides hope.

Our prayer should be for joy and peace for all believers.

For where joy and peace abound, conflict and strife cannot long survive.

Where there is a filling of Joy and peace, hope will abound, it is guaranteed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

As believers, our fellowship is through Christ, not our worldly traits. And that is certainly grounds for hope.

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