#GOALS Week 5

#GOALS

Romans 15:1-16

1-2 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”

3-6 That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!

7-13 So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! For instance:

Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing;

I’ll sing to your name!

And this one:

Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together!

And again:

People of all nations, celebrate God!

All colors and races, give hearty praise!

And Isaiah’s word:

There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse,

breaking through the earth and growing tree tall,

Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope!

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!

14-16 Personally, I’ve been completely satisfied with who you are and what you are doing. You seem to me to be well-motivated and well-instructed, quite capable of guiding and advising one another. So, my dear friends, don’t take my rather bold and blunt language as criticism. It’s not criticism. I’m simply underlining how very much I need your help in carrying out this highly focused assignment God gave me, this priestly and gospel work of serving the spiritual needs of the non-Jewish outsiders so they can be presented as an acceptable offering to God, made whole and holy by God’s Holy Spirit.

Manage Aquire & Adjust

    • Jeremiah 29:11 
  • Attain, Aquire, Add 
    • Proverbs 1:8-9
  • Adjust Your Perspective
    • Zechariah 4:10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin,…
    • Luke 16 &19

Paul Had Goals for His Churches 

    • Worship
      • Active in Devotion to God
        • Psalms 63:2-4 So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you.
    • Reach
      • Active in Extending the Truth in Love
        • Romans 15:7 So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes…
    • Grow
      • Active in Maturing in Christ
        • 2 Peter 3:18 Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!
    • Serve
      • Active in Birthing the Next Generation
        • Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth.  And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough!
    • Care
      • Active in Building Up One Another
        • Philippians 2:1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
  • Values
    • Christ Centered
    • Authentic
    • Equipped
    • Creative
    • Family Focused
  • Mission
    • Connect
    • Serve
    • Celebrate