But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:15-16
This is a direct example for the church, and even more so for the leaders. There are two things for the church to be:
1) Very bold in our agenda
2) And for that agenda to always be ‘the Gospel’
What makes the church bold?
We are bold because God has given us grace. When I read this passage I hear the words ‘daily grace’ in my head; that every day we receive grace from God. If it were not so, it would be impossible for me to write these words. It would be impossible for me to do any kind of service in the church; every day I sin and am aware of it. But only because of grace can I push on and deliver the gospel.
If we believe the gospel is true then we have to be bold, because if we really do believe it then we understand the consequences for the person who doesn’t. People should see how we are not just bold in our message, but deeply concerned for their wellbeing. Which brings me to the next verse…