Today is Friday, May 4th: Happy Friday! I hope that you are able to enjoy this lovely warm weather God has provided us while it lasts! Today we continue with Paul through the book of Romans as he closes out chapter 15. Paul is writing to the Romans in reference to his desire to return, when he will return, and what that will look like. It is an encouragement to the believers in Rome that he will soon be with them again. Paul also tells the Romans to continue supporting those around them, both spiritually and physically. I pray that our understanding of the gospel will grow deeper, that our ability to love God will expand, and that we will praise King Jesus daily. - Evan
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Have you ever had a reunion with a long-since seen friend or family member? What was it like?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Romans 15:22-33 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while.25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28 When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of you. 29 I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ. 30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God's will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.33 May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
_ What was hindering Paul from seeing the people of Rome? (see the verses prior to this passage)
_ What do you think is the purpose of Paul’s encouragement to the Romans?
_ What does verse 27 mean when it says “they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings”?
_ What is interesting about verse 29 in reference to the way that Paul eventually makes it back to Rome?
_ Why do you think Paul is asking the people of Rome to join him in prayer?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Who is someone that you need to either reach out to or reconcile with?
_ How can you be bolder in asking others for prayer? In what other ways can you embrace the unity of believers around you through the Holy Spirit?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?