How God Uses Missionaries

Romans 15:18–21


One great goal of missions is obedience — the obedience of faith in Christ Jesus. In this lab, John Piper discusses how we can follow Paul’s example and go on mission for God’s glory.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Romans 15:18–21:

  1. What is a missionary? What exactly do missionaries do?
  2. Read Romans 15:18–19. What motivated Paul for giving his life in missions work? What was his strategy for that work that could make true his statement that he had fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ?
  3. Often, the work of missions is long and slow. Is there a missionary you know that you can encourage this week, whether through an email, a letter, or a care package?

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Principles of Bible Reading

Plan to Do, Not Just Hear

As you read the word, remember the commandment of Jesus, reiterated by James, to be doers and not merely hearers of the word (Matthew 7:24–27; James 1:22–25).

Seldom does anyone wander into obedience. Often, we must take time to not only digest what we have read, but to plan for how we can practically obey God’s will.