Reading through Romans
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory. You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.
A reading from Isaiah: Isaiah 52:7-10 (NLT)
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!
The watchmen shout and sing with joy, for before their very eyes they see the Lord returning to Jerusalem. Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song, for the Lord has comforted his people. He has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has demonstrated his holy power before the eyes of all the nations. All the ends of the earth will see the victory of our God.
A reading from Romans: Romans 10:13-17 (NLT)
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?
That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “ Lord , who has believed our message?” So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
Reflection: A Manifesto of Evangelism (John Stott, The Message of Romans: God’s Good News for the World)
A summary of Paul’s teaching on evangelism:
‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ (Romans 10: 15).
1. The need for evangelism: evangelism is necessary because until people hear and receive the gospel they are lost.
2. The scope of evangelism: the whole human race must be given the chance to hear the gospel.
3. The incentive to evangelism: evangelism arises from the love and the longing of the heart.
4. The nature of evangelism: evangelism is sharing with others the good news of Christ crucified and risen.
5. The logic of evangelism: evangelism demands the sending out of evangelists, so that people may call on Christ for salvation.
6. The result of evangelism: evangelism brings such blessings to those who believe, that it arouses the envy of others.
7. The hope for evangelism: evangelism has hope of success only if it rests on the election of God.
8. The goal of evangelism: evangelism introduces converts into the people of God, and so brings glory to God .
The ultimate goal of evangelism is the glory of God. The gospel displays his power, proclaims his name, makes known the riches of his glory, and reveals his mercy. There is no room for boasting; only for humble, grateful, wondering adoration. To him be the glory for ever! Amen.
“Who will go for me?”
Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen