THE EXAMPLE: Romans 15:1-13

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ROMANS 15:1-13 1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
    and sing to your name.”

10 And again it is said,

“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”

11 And again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
    and let all the peoples extol him.”

12 And again Isaiah says,

“The root of Jesse will come,
    even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.


  1. Read verses 1-2. What can we be sure Paul is not commanding here? How do Galatians 1:6-9 and Proverbs 29:25 help clarify? How does the context of chapter 14 coupled with the words “for his good, to build him up” help us understand what he is in fact commanding? How can you personally make sure you are not seeking to “please [yourself]” but rather seeking your neighbor’s “…good, to build him up”
  2. What example does Paul set before us in verse 3? What passage does Paul quote in order to affirm his point? How has Jesus bore your “reproach”? How does this help us remember the motivation for the Christian life
  3. Read verse 4. What are the “things written in former days”? According to this, what is the proper way for Christians to read and apply the Old Testament today? How do John 5:39 and Luke 24:25-32 help clarify
  4. What actions does Paul ascribe to God in the first part of verse 5 and what does this teach us about God? What is God’s desire for Christians, according to what Paul writes in verses 5-6? What does Paul command of us in verse 7? What is to be the motivation for such welcoming? What is the chief end (ultimate purpose) of us welcoming one another
  5. According to verse 8, how is anyone saved? According to verses 9-12, why is anyone saved? What passages does he quote? What various words are used to communicate our glorifying God
  6. Read verse 13. What is Paul’s final prayer and hope for these Christians at the end of this section?


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