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Thanks and opening prayer.

Living in Love

Practical application of Love.

Be Transformed by the Renewal of Your Mind

Romans 12:1–8 LEB
1 Therefore I exhort you, brothers, through the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may approve what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone who is among you not to think more highly of yourself than what one ought to think, but to think sensibly, as God has apportioned a measure of faith to each one. 4 For just as in one body we have many members, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another, 6 but having different gifts according to the grace given to us: if it is prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if it is service, by service; if it is one who teaches, by teaching; 8 if it is one who exhorts, by exhortation; one who gives, with sincerity; one who leads, with diligence; one who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
These are our theme verses
Renewal to What?

The Kingdom and Power

Paul has just spoken about "the deliverer" in , "the gifts and callings of God" in , "the depth of the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God!" in , and "the mind of the Lord" in . Then Paul makes a transition from the Kingdom and power of the eternal God

The First Practical Action - Christian Living

There are practical actions for us to take as we live the Christian life. The first of these is our own personal walk with God. We can find this in these verses in which are widely quoted, "present your bodies as a living sacrifice" and "be transformed by the renewal of your mind".
Romans 12:1–2 LEB
Therefore I exhort you, brothers, through the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may approve what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God.
These are given that we “not be conformed to this age” and so that we can fulfill the “perfect will of God”.

Present Your Body

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and even more than that, they are our connection to this world we live in.
When Jesus taught his disciples to pray in
Matthew 6:10 LEB
May your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 "your will be done on earth as it is in heaven", he was also saying that we should engage our body, mind, and spirit to accomplish what we are praying. It is reasonable for us to give our bodies by living in a way that is "holy and pleasing to God".
He was not making a general spiritual statement about God’s future kingdom and what God might do someday. He was saying that we should engage our body, mind, and spirit to accomplish what we are praying.
So, when Paul says it is reasonable for us to give our bodies by living in a way that is "holy and pleasing to God", he is saying that we, as God’s sons and daughters are living to be living examples of who God is .

Mind, Will and Emotions

Our mind is the seat also of our will and emotions and Paul says this "renewal of your mind" is
Romans 12:2b LEB
And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may approve what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:"so that you may approve what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God". It is possible for us to live without any regard for God's will just like the world that does not know Him. But that is not how we should live. For us as Christians, it is good for us to be kind, it is good for us to love each other. It is also well pleasing for us to have faith in God for our health, and provision and our place in the community. And it is the perfect will of God for us to understand and exercise our specific gifts and callings taking our proper function in the body of Christ.
"so that you may approve what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God".
It is possible for us to live without any regard for God's will just like the world that does not know Him. But that is not how we should live.

Good Will of God

For us as Christians, it is good for us to be kind, it is good for us to love each other.

Well-pleasing Will of God

It is well pleasing for us to have faith in God for our health, and provision and our place in the community.

Perfect Will of God

It is the perfect will of God for us to understand and exercise our specific gifts and callings taking our proper function in the body of Christ.
And to these things, Paul says in
Romans 12:3 LEB
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone who is among you not to think more highly of yourself than what one ought to think, but to think sensibly, as God has apportioned a measure of faith to each one.
"not to think more highly of yourself than what one ought to think, but to think sensibly".
We each have a right place, as it says in
from whom the whole body, joined together and held together by every supporting ligament, according to the working by measure of each single part, the growth of the body makes for the building up of itself in love.
Ephesians 4:16 LEB
from whom the whole body, joined together and held together by every supporting ligament, according to the working by measure of each single part, the growth of the body makes for the building up of itself in love.
from whom the whole body, joined together and held together by every supporting ligament, according to the working by measure of each single part, the growth of the body makes for the building up of itself in love.
7:15

The Second Practical Action - Brotherly Love

Romans 12:9–21 LEB
9 Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; be attached to what is good, 10 being devoted to one another in brotherly love, esteeming one another more highly in honor, 11 not lagging in diligence, being enthusiastic in spirit, serving the Lord, 12 rejoicing in hope, enduring in affliction, being devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, pursuing hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute, bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Think the same thing toward one another; do not think arrogantly, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own sight. 17 Pay back no one evil for evil. Take thought for what is good in the sight of all people. 18 If it is possible on your part, be at peace with all people. 19 Do not take revenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this, you will heap up coals of fire upon his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Paul continues with very practical instruction in how we are to interact with others. This is not just about our internal motives and intents. Now Paul moves on to talk about our attitudes, our responsiveness, our actions toward others.

Take Thought for What Is Good

It is not enough to love God and pray and do good for ourselves. In our Christian life we must go beyond ourselves and in
Romans 12:17 LEB
Pay back no one evil for evil. Take thought for what is good in the sight of all people.
Paul says to "Take thought for what is good in the sight of all people". This goes way beyond what I want, what I think is right, what is good for me.
Paul now gives a list of examples that explain exactly what he means. He says:
Love without hypocrisy (with sincerity)
Did you ever have a Christian encounter where they greet you with a kiss, and an “I’ll be praying for you brother”. Then you are a block away from the Church on the side of the road with your car flashers on and they wave as they go by? I know this is a trivial example, but I think you get my point. If they had any sincere love, they might at least slow down and ask if you need any help.
Wouldn’t you much rather have a sincere relationship that you know if you were to call them at any time, they would gladly come to your aid? This is a person that Loves with sincerity. Is that the kind of Christian you are?
Abhor evil, be attached to Good
Rick Renner identifies this word translated by the King James as abhor as a compounded Greek word that conveys the notion of a person who hates something so extremely that he literally backs away from it in disgust. It reflects the feelings of a person who is so repulsed by something that he shuns and avoids it at all costs.
Be devoted to one another (fond of, cherish, kindly affectioned)
Esteem one another in Honor (prefer, respect, value)
Be diligent (do one’s best, "characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort" (Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.)
Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.)
Be enthusiastic
Rejoice in hope
Endure affliction
Pray
Contribute to others needs
Bless
Do not think arrogantly (humbly associate with all)
Do not pay back evil with evil
Be at peace with all
Do not take revenge
Feed your enemy
Overcome evil with good

Do What is Good

Romans 13:1–7 LEB
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except by God, and those that exist are put in place by God. 2 So then, the one who resists authority resists the ordinance which is from God, and those who resist will receive condemnation on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a cause of terror for a good deed, but for bad conduct. So do you want not to be afraid of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from it, 4 for it is God’s servant to you for what is good. But if you do what is bad, be afraid, because it does not bear the sword to no purpose. For it is God’s servant, the one who avenges for punishment on the one who does what is bad. 5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are servants of God, busily engaged in this very thing. 7 Pay to everyone what is owed: pay taxes to whom taxes are due; pay customs duties to whom customs duties are due; pay respect to whom respect is due; pay honor to whom honor is due.
Today, we have a concept that government is the voice of the people, to do what the people want. Actually though, government is established by God as his servant "who avenges for punishment on the one who does what is bad". The point here is that we should do what is right and good.
Romans 13:4 LEB
for it is God’s servant to you for what is good. But if you do what is bad, be afraid, because it does not bear the sword to no purpose. For it is God’s servant, the one who avenges for punishment on the one who does what is bad.
for it (government) is God’s servant to you for what is good. But if you do what is bad, be afraid, because it does not bear the sword to no purpose. For it is God’s servant, the one who avenges for punishment on the one who does what is bad.
“for it (government) is God’s servant to you for what is good”
“For it (government) is God’s servant, the one who avenges for punishment on the one who does what is bad.

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ

Romans 13:8–14 LEB
8 Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another, for the one who loves someone else has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are summed up in this statement: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does not commit evil against a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 11 And do this because you know the time, that it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we believed. 12 The night is far gone, and the day has drawn near. Therefore let us throw off the deeds of darkness and put on the weapons of light. 13 Let us live decently, as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and do not make provision for the desires of the flesh.
As Paul is teaching them to look beyond themselves to see what others need, there may be some that would take advantage and abuse their kindness and hospitality. Paul also now teaches them to maintain the right personal boundaries. They should not be taking from others which he introduces in
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another, for the one who loves someone else has fulfilled the law.
Paul says in "love does not commit evil against a neighbor", and "put on the weapons of light" in , and in "live decently", and finally in
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and do not make provision for the desires of the flesh.

Lord of Both the Dead and the Living

Romans 14:1–12 LEB
1 Now receive the one who is weak in faith, but not for quarrels about opinions. 2 One believes he may eat all things, but the one who is weak eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats must not despise the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat must not judge the one who eats, because God has accepted him. 4 Who are you, who passes judgment on the domestic slave belonging to someone else? To his own master he stands or falls, and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One person prefers one day over another day, and another person regards every day alike. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who is intent on the day is intent on it for the Lord, and the one who eats eats for the Lord, because he is thankful to God, and the one who does not eat does not eat for the Lord, and he is thankful to God. 7 For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself. 8 For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For Christ died and became alive again for this reason, in order that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or also, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will praise God.” 12 So each one of us will give an account concerning himself.

The Kingdom of God Is ... in the Holy Spirit

Romans 14:13–23 LEB
13 Therefore, let us no longer pass judgment on one another, but rather decide this: not to place a cause for stumbling or a temptation before a brother. 14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean of itself, except to the one who considers something to be unclean; to that person it is unclean. 15 For if because of food, your brother is grieved, you are no longer living according to love. Do not destroy by your food that person for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let your good be slandered. 17 For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For the one who serves Christ in this way is well-pleasing to God and approved by people. 19 So then, let us pursue what promotes peace and what edifies one another. 20 Do not destroy the work of God on account of food. All things are clean, but it is wrong for the person who eats and stumbles in the process. 21 It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine or to do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is weakened. 22 The faith that you have, have with respect to yourself before God. Blessed is the one who does not pass judgment on himself by what he approves. 23 But the one who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not do so from faith, and everything that is not from faith is sin.
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Bear the Weaknesses of the Weak

Bear the Weaknesses of the Weak
Romans 15:1–13 LEB
But we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each one of us please his neighbor for his good, for the purpose of edification. For even Christ did not please himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For whatever was written beforehand was written for our instruction, in order that through patient endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of patient endurance and of encouragement grant you to be in agreement with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that with one mind you may glorify with one mouth the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also has accepted you, to the glory of God. For I say, Christ has become a servant of the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God, in order to confirm the promises to the fathers, and that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, just as it is written, “Because of this, I will praise you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praise to your name.” And again it says, “Rejoice, Gentiles, with his people.” And again, “Praise the Lord, all the Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him.” And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even the one who rises to rule over the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles will put their hope.” Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Bear the Weaknesses of the Weak
Again Paul emphasizes that "we that are strong" in
Romans 15:1 LEB
But we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
"ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak". I am sure Paul understood that even those who are strong may have times of weakness and we all may have reason to call on a friend from time to time as in "Better is a close neighbor than a distant brother". And, I am sure Paul would have taught them from Say to wisdom, “you are my sister,” and you shall call insight, “intimate friend”. But I think these comments from Paul are intended more for those the wise in their own eyes, those that see the plight of those that are feeble minded, or enslaved, or entrapped by idolatrous teachings, or the traditions of men. And if we are so wise, and strong and insightful, then shouldn't we easily be able to, in "please his neighbor for his good, for the purpose of edification". Shouldn't we be the ones that in "through the encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope" and be able to give hope to others? And shouldn't we, in "be in agreement with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus". There is another that is accuser and he is our enemy. Paul though says in
"ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak". I am sure Paul understood that even those who are strong may have times of weakness and we all may have reason to call on a friend from time to time as in
Proverbs 27:10 LEB
As for your friend and a friend of your father, do not forsake them, and the house of your brother, do not enter on the day of your calamity. Better is a close neighbor than a distant brother.
"Better is a close neighbor than a distant brother". And, I am sure Paul would have taught them from Say to wisdom, “you are my sister,” and you shall call insight, “intimate friend”. But I think these comments from Paul are intended more for those the wise in their own eyes, those that see the plight of those that are feeble minded, or enslaved, or entrapped by idolatrous teachings, or the traditions of men. And if we are so wise, and strong and insightful, then shouldn't we easily be able to, in "please his neighbor for his good, for the purpose of edification". Shouldn't we be the ones that in "through the encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope" and be able to give hope to others? And shouldn't we, in "be in agreement with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus". There is another that is accuser and he is our enemy. Paul though says in
"Better is a close neighbor than a distant brother". And, I am sure Paul would have taught them from
Proverbs 7:4 LEB
Say to wisdom, “you are my sister,” and you shall call insight, “intimate friend.”
Say to wisdom, “you are my sister,” and you shall call insight, “intimate friend”. But I think these comments from Paul are intended more for those the wise in their own eyes, those that see the plight of those that are feeble minded, or enslaved, or entrapped by idolatrous teachings, or the traditions of men. And if we are so wise, and strong and insightful, then shouldn't we easily be able to, in "please his neighbor for his good, for the purpose of edification". Shouldn't we be the ones that in "through the encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope" and be able to give hope to others? And shouldn't we, in "be in agreement with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus". There is another that is accuser and he is our enemy. Paul though says in
Say to wisdom, “you are my sister,” and you shall call insight, “intimate friend”.
But I think these comments from Paul are intended more for those the wise in their own eyes, those that see the plight of those that are feeble minded, or enslaved, or entrapped by idolatrous teachings, or the traditions of men. And if we are so wise, and strong and insightful, then shouldn't we easily be able to, in
Romans 15:2 LEB
Let each one of us please his neighbor for his good, for the purpose of edification.
"please his neighbor for his good, for the purpose of edification". Shouldn't we be the ones that in "through the encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope" and be able to give hope to others? And shouldn't we, in "be in agreement with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus". There is another that is accuser and he is our enemy. Paul though says in
"please his neighbor for his good, for the purpose of edification". Shouldn't we be the ones that in
Romans 15:4 LEB
For whatever was written beforehand was written for our instruction, in order that through patient endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope.
"through the encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope" and be able to give hope to others? And shouldn't we, in
Romans 15:5 LEB
Now may the God of patient endurance and of encouragement grant you to be in agreement with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus,
"be in agreement with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus". There is another that is accuser and he is our enemy. Paul though says in
"be in agreement with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus".
There is another that is accuser and he is our enemy. Paul though says in
Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also has accepted you, to the glory of God.
Romans 15:7 LEB
Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also has accepted you, to the glory of God.
Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also has accepted you, to the glory of God.
Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also has accepted you, to the glory of God.
7:30

The Third Practical Action - Fully Proclaim the Gospel of Christ

I Have Fully Proclaimed the Gospel of Christ

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Romans 15:14–21 LEB
Now I myself also am convinced about you, my brothers, that you yourselves also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to instruct one another. But I have written to you more boldly on some points, so as to remind you again because of the grace that has been given to me by God, with the result that I am a servant of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, serving the gospel of God as a priest, in order that the offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Therefore I have a reason for boasting in Christ Jesus regarding the things concerning God. For I will not dare to speak about anything except that which Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit, so that from Jerusalem and traveling around as far as Illyricum I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. And so, having as my ambition to proclaim the gospel where Christ has not been named, in order that I will not build on the foundation belonging to someone else, but just as it is written, Those to whom it was not announced concerning him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.”
This message to them is a good message for all believers, take on the gospel of the kingdom. Certainly Paul has his ministry and he describes it simply in
with the result that I am a servant of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, serving the gospel of God as a priest, in order that the offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:16 LEB
with the result that I am a servant of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, serving the gospel of God as a priest, in order that the offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
“with the result that I am a servant of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles”
with the result that I am a servant of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, serving the gospel of God as a priest, in order that the offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
“serving the gospel of God as a priest”
“in order that the offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable”
“sanctified by the Holy Spirit”
So, he is to proclaim the good news to the Gentiles, and to raise them to the point "that the offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable".
I think here that Paul is not talking about being sanctified himself by the Holy Spirit, but he is talking about the work of the Holy Spirit to sanctify the Gentiles.
So, he is to proclaim the good news to the Gentiles, and to raise them to the point "that the offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable" and I think here that Paul is not talking about being sanctified himself by the Holy Spirit, but he is talking about the work of the Holy Spirit to sanctify the Gentiles. And this brings me back, because they are sealed with the Holy Spirit they have now a teacher and guide so Paul can say in
This brings me back to the beginning, because they are sealed with the Holy Spirit they have now a teacher and guide so Paul can say in
Now I myself also am convinced about you, my brothers, that you yourselves also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to instruct one another.
Romans 15:14 LEB
Now I myself also am convinced about you, my brothers, that you yourselves also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to instruct one another.
Now I myself also am convinced about you, my brothers, that you yourselves also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to instruct one another.
Because they are sealed with the Holy Spirit, “Now I myself also am convinced about you, my brothers, that you yourselves also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to instruct one another”.

Contend Along With Me in Your Prayers

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Romans 15:22–33 LEB
For this reason also I was hindered many times from coming to you, and now, no longer having a place in these regions, but having a desire for many years to come to you whenever I travel to Spain. For I hope while I am passing through to see you and to be sent on my way by you, whenever I have first enjoyed your company for a while. But now I am traveling to Jerusalem, serving the saints. For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. For they were pleased to do so, and they are obligated to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they ought also to serve them in material things. Therefore, after I have accomplished this and sealed this fruit for delivery to them, I will depart by way of you for Spain, and I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ. Now I exhort you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to contend along with me in your prayers on my behalf to God, that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and my ministry in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, so that, coming to you with joy by the will of God, I may rest with you. Now may the God of peace be with all of you. Amen.
Paul has ministered widely to the Gentiles and that work has kept him busy so that he has not been able to go to Rome. Even now, Paul is gathering an offering from the Gentile Churches to take to Jerusalem where the Church has suffered. It doesn't seem that there was any special circumstance that caused Paul to raise this offering. It was simply in recognition that "In a city like Jerusalem, much of the available employment must have been connected with the Temple and its needs. All the priests and the Temple authorities were Sadducees, and the Sadducees were the supreme enemies of Jesus. It must therefore have happened that many, when they became Christians in Jerusalem, lost their jobs and were in severe and urgent need".
Barclay, W. (2002). The Letter to the Romans (3rd ed. fully rev. & updated, p. 241). Louisville, KY; London: Westminster John Knox Press.
Barclay, W. (2002). The Letter to the Romans (3rd ed. fully rev. & updated, p. 241). Louisville, KY; London: Westminster John Knox Press.
And this offering was a way of unifying the body of Christ which may easily have been seen as the Gentile Churches and the Church in Jerusalem. But this may also have been that "When it had been agreed that Paul should be the apostle to the Gentiles, one responsibility had been laid upon him by the leaders of the Church—that he would remember the poor (). ‘Which very thing’, said Paul, ‘I was eager to do.’
And this offering was a way of unifying the body of Christ which may easily have been seen as the Gentile Churches and the Church in Jerusalem. But this may also have been that "When it had been agreed that Paul should be the apostle to the Gentiles, one responsibility had been laid upon him by the leaders of the Church—that he would remember the poor (). ‘Which very thing’, said Paul, ‘I was eager to do.’
Barclay, W. (2002). The Letter to the Romans (3rd ed. fully rev. & updated, pp. 241–242). Louisville, KY; London: Westminster John Knox Press.
Barclay, W. (2002). The Letter to the Romans (3rd ed. fully rev. & updated, pp. 241–242). Louisville, KY; London: Westminster John Knox Press.
Whatever his full motivations were, this gift to Jerusalem was an important "obligation" in that he was determined to "accomplish" in . But it wasn't Paul's only motivation. He was looking ahead knowing there would be opposition and that there was opportunity for ministry there he asks the Church of Rome to, in
Romans 15:30–31 LEB
Now I exhort you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to contend along with me in your prayers on my behalf to God, that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and my ministry in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
Now I exhort you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to contend along with me in your prayers on my behalf to God
Whatever his full motivations were, this gift to Jerusalem was an important "obligation" in that he was determined to "accomplish" in . But it wasn't Paul's only motivation. He was looking ahead knowing there would be opposition and that there was opportunity for ministry there he asks the Church of Rome to, in
Now I exhort you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to contend along with me in your prayers on my behalf to God, 31 that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and my ministry in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,

Contend Against Opposition

“that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea”
Wherever we are involved in the work of the ministry, there is opposition. But God is on our side.

Contend for Acceptance of My Ministry

Now I exhort you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to contend along with me in your prayers on my behalf to God, 31 that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and my ministry in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
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“and my ministry in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints”
Wherever we peach the gospel, there are those that hear and those that turn away. Even Jesus in his own home town said
Matthew 13:57–58 LEB
And they were offended by him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own hometown and in his own household.” And he did not perform many miracles in that place because of their unbelief.
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Conclusion - The Kingdom and Power

We began with the power of God’s Kingdom.
Paul spoke about "the deliverer" in , "the gifts and callings of God" in , "the depth of the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God!" in , and "the mind of the Lord" in .
And we sometimes get caught up in the spiritual realm. Paul, through Romans, gives us real and practical examples of the life we should live as Christians.
1st in our own personal relationship and how we ourselves operate.
2nd in our relationship with others around us. Yes, we have all heard “love your neighbor as yourself” but how is that working out in our relationships? Do people see us as enthusiastic? Do they see us as diligent? Do they see us praying? Do they see us giving?
3rd are we contending together for the will of God to be accomplished? Are we doing our part?
Here are a couple of examples of the miracle working power of God in operation.
Paul is traveling back to Jerusalem in . The saints are gathered together and in
Matthew 13:57–58 LEB
And they were offended by him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own hometown and in his own household.” And he did not perform many miracles in that place because of their unbelief.
Acts 20:9–12 LEB
And a certain young man named Eutychus who was sitting in the window was sinking into a deep sleep while Paul was conversing at length. Being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. But Paul went down and threw himself on him, and putting his arms around him, said, “Do not be distressed, for his life is in him.” So he went up and broke bread, and when he had eaten and talked for a long time, until dawn, then he departed. And they led the youth away alive, and were greatly comforted.
After this young man fell out of the window dead, Paul went and prayed and then they to a break for a meal.
There wasn’t anything pressed or conjured or any strain to perform a miracle. God just did it.
Pray
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