Hopefully last week’s video helped you remember all the themes that Paul included in his letter to the Romans. He revealed the Gospel message: Jesus offered His life so everyone can be justified. When the Israelites, past and present, rejected God, all others were who believe were and are grafted into His covenant family. Together, we learn to love and respect each other even in the face of their differences.
…Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?Key verses from Romans 15 & 16
Romans 15:2, MSG
…For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4, NLT
…You will bring God glory when you accept and welcome one another as partners, just as the Anointed One has fully accepted you and received you as his partner. Romans 15:7, TPT
…May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters,[h] that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them. Romans 15:13-14, NLT
…I have one request, dear friends: Pray for me. Pray strenuously with and for me—to God the Father, through the power of our Master Jesus, through the love of the Spirit… Romans 15:30, MSG
…And now, dear brothers and sisters, I’d like to give one final word of caution: Watch out for those who cause divisions and offenses among you. When they antagonize you by speaking of things that are contrary to the teachings that you’ve received, don’t be caught in their snare! For people like this are not truly serving the Lord, our Messiah, but are being driven by their own desires for a following. Romans 16:17-18, TPT
…All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen. Romans 16:27, NLT
In Romans 15 and 16, Paul recaps what he has written in this long letter and shares his personal plans and greetings. My Information Chart this week has only one column, but nine rows in which I list the themes Paul summarizes here. How many themes did you find in these chapters?
Maybe one sentence stood out to you as you read these chapters. Or perhaps there is one theme that you kept hearing over and over again as you read Paul’s letter.
As I write this, I am trying to think of a pictures that would represent this whole letter. That might be to broad of a theme, so I may pick instead to share my life verse which is found in Romans 15. Join me tomorrow to see what I decide.