THE MINISTRY: Romans 15:14-33

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SCRIPTURE

ROMANS 15:14-33 14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God 16 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. 17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written,

“Those who have never been told of him will see,
    and those who have never heard will understand.”

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.

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.

STUDY QUESTIONS

  1. Read verse 14. What positive words does Paul use here to describe these Christians he’s writing to? Contrast this verse with Romans 3:10-18. What distinct things have changed because of the grace of God given to them and the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives? Have personally you been changed by God by His grace through faith in Jesus?
  2. Read verse 15. What do you think Paul has in mind as far as the “points” he wrote to them about “very boldly by way of reminder”? What does he mean when he says, “by the grace given to me”?
  3. What words does Paul use in verse 16 to describe his gospel ministry to the Gentiles? Who does Paul say the gospel belongs to? How does Romans 12:1-2 help clarify what Paul is most likely getting at by the end of verse 16?
  4. What is Paul getting at in verses 17-18? How do the phrases “in Christ Jesus” and “what Christ has accomplished through me” help clarify?
  5. According to verse 19, what did God do through the Apostle Paul and what was the point of it all? What was Paul’s “ambition” in his ministry? How should this direct us when it comes to Church Planting and especially when it comes to Frontier Missions? What Passage does he quote to finish this section and why do you think he quotes it?
  6. Read verses 22-29. What most stands out to you and why?
  7. Read verses 30-33. What does Paul appeal to these Christians to do? What motivation does he give them to do it and how does he expect that they will be able to carry it out? What does he hope to receive from these Roman  Christians’ company? What does he mean by “May the God of peace be with you all. Amen”?

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