Glorious Welcoming (Romans 15:7-13)

As he concludes his exhortations to the strong and weak Christians in the church at Rome, Paul turns our attention once again to Jesus Christ, giving the church a final and conclusive plea: “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Romans 15:7). While at first glance this may appear a rather simple command, it goes far beyond a greeting with a nice smile and a “welcome” doormat. This act of welcoming is in fact a God-glorifying, Spirit-empowered act that puts Christ on display for the world. In this sermon, pastor Keith reminds us that our God is glorified when we welcome one another in Christ, just as we have been welcomed by him.