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Why is it important that we see God as a truly personal, relational being, interested and involved in our lives?
When you go to the Scriptures and read of how God interacted with real people in real circumstances…do you see yourself there?
List some of the faulty ways Christians approach the scriptures?
Why do we need to be reminded about the truth of the Gospel?
Note: Remember that as we get near the end of Paul’s letter to the church at Rome…his letter becomes more personal. This is not “ROMANS”…it is a man named Paul writing a letter (inspired by God) to some real people who lived in the city of Rome.
Our Objective is to understand the real need believers have for encouragement and vision casting and the role it plays in helping us to live the Gospel centered life. We can never forget that we need to hear the same stuff over and over again. Encouragement and vision casting is done by intentionally reminding one another about what is real and true.
“I MYSELF AM convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another. I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done—by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. Rather, as it is written: “Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.” This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you. But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to see you, I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to visit you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there. For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings. So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this fruit, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way. I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ. I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there, so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed. 33The God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Read verse 14, in what ways does Paul encourage his readers? Think about your own life, how have you had courage poured into yourself by someone else? Why was that important to you?
Read verse 15, what is he speaking so boldly to them about and how could his boldness be an act of encouragement?
What was Paul’s single desire?
17-19 How is this different from boasting in himself? What role does faithfulness play?
Terry mentioned that “faithfulness is our lane, fruit is God’s.” What does he mean by this statement?
Look at verses 30-32, what does Paul specifically request prayer for? What does this tell us about his priorities? How do yours compare?
What does verse 32 tell us about the purpose and character of prayer?
We have to be intentional about staying reminded about the truth of the gospel. What steps can you take to make sure this happens in your life? How can you make it a priority?