The church in Rome had a faith that was “proclaimed in all the world” (Rom. 1:8). How did they build that kind of reputation? Is it possible for churches today to build the same kind of reputation? Find out in this message.
Romans 1:8-15 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.(ESV)
A reputation of faithfulness is built when we do the following:
- Constantly clarify the object of our faith.
- Seek to grow our faith.
- Live on the basis of our faith.