Our objective is to understand that Gospel transformation has an order. It’s transforming individual hearts first; it’s working from the inside out. That’s how communities of people who have been transformed by the gospel become transformative communities. The Gospel, both the facts of the gospel and the acts of the gospel, is the answer to transformation. Verse 15:7 is key to living a gospel-centered life, we can think of it as: the starting point; the race itself; and the goal. It transforms us into the kind of people who are habitualizing gratitude towards God and grace towards others.
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing hymns to your name.” Again, it says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing praises to him, all you peoples.” And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
How does verse 7 sum up both the facts of the gospel and the acts of the gospel?
What does it mean to accept one another (As Christ has accepted you)? Remember that To “Accept” here is not merely “tolerance”…it is to actively welcome others into your life.
In what ways does “accepting one another” bring praise to God? Why?
What practical steps can you take to live the kind of life Paul is calling us to?
Discuss the following statement from Terry’s sermon: The race is run in the middle…but its important to start at the right place, and run towards the right finish.
- The starting point…Christ has accepted you.
- The race…accept others
- The finish line, or goal…the glory of God.
How can a life filled with gratitude help you maintain right perspective?
In what ways do you find encouragement in this statement?
Gratitude should outnumber any other form of speech that comes from our mouths. Is this true in your life?
Will you “Focus on what you are for not what you are against?”