St Barnabas, 16th June 2013
Reading – Romans 16:17-27
What the Lord has said to us so far …
Today we are coming to the end of our sermon series on Romans, and there has been no doubt this has been an extremely significant series in terms of our life together here at St Barnabas. We are at a critical point where we face many challenges over the next few months. And precisely at this moment the Lord has led us through the latter part of Romans and I believe spoken to us powerfully by His Spirit.
To recap: we began just after Easter when we came to Romans 12. We saw that if we have received God’s mercy then we are part of the body of Christ. God does not just call us into a living, personal relationship with Him, wonderful though that is. He also calls us into a new relationship with our fellow believers and makes them our brothers and sisters in the very deepest sense. The church, that is St Barnabas and all who are gathered here this morning, is our family and Christ’s body. We belong to God and to each other. And while we may all be very different from one another, and while we each have our own gifts and ministries, nonetheless we are called together to be God’s people, sharing our very lives with each other.