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Conclusion of Romans 15:
Congratulations for making this far. We have completed Romans 15. Here is a conclusion of the last part of Romans 15, verses 19-33.
Please read the verses below and then we will discuss:
19 They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God’s Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum.[b]
20 My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. 21 I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says,
“Those who have never been told about him will see,
and those who have never heard of him will understand.”[c]
22 In fact, my visit to you has been delayed so long because I have been preaching in these places.
Paul’s Travel Plans
23 But now I have finished my work in these regions, and after all these long years of waiting, I am eager to visit you. 24 I am planning to go to Spain, and when I do, I will stop off in Rome. And after I have enjoyed your fellowship for a little while, you can provide for my journey.
25 But before I come, I must go to Jerusalem to take a gift to the believers[d] there. 26 For you see, the believers in Macedonia and Achaia[e] have eagerly taken up an offering for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. 27 They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially. 28 As soon as I have delivered this money and completed this good deed of theirs, I will come to see you on my way to Spain. 29 And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together.
30 Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit. 31 Pray that I will be rescued from those in Judea who refuse to obey God. Pray also that the believers there will be willing to accept the donation[f] I am taking to Jerusalem. 32 Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other.
33 And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen
We can see here that Paul finished up one calling of the Lord and now is moving on to his next calling. We can see growth and eagerness in Paul through his words.
Paul has been able to grow in the Lord over the years and we have gotten to see this growth through reading Paul’s stories and listening to his wisdom. Paul had some of the worst struggles but he did not let that break his spirit. He continued to seek the Lord and follow the Lord in all of his ways.
Paul not only grew in the Lord, he also grew in character. When we grow, we have to stretch ourselves and push ourselves to new heights. This could entail dealing with pain and fear that we didn’t know was holding us back. This could be being vulnerable and open in places that we closed off long ago.
“How People Grow” by Dr. Henry and Dr. Townsend have a list of things we may need to pushasZ through in order to get to that higher level of growth:
*Reaching out from a vulnerable heart
*Making a vulnerable heart available to be known
*Confessing sin and failure to oneself and others
*Facing hurt and pain and allowing others to see it and be there in it
*Taking risks in new areas of performance
*Taking risks to be more honest
*Taking risks in relational confrontation
*Dealing with trauma and pain from the past
*Becoming active in life to get one’s needs met
*Taking responsibility for our weaknesses and growing beyond them
*Learning to grieve
*Learning to forgive
*Learning to ask for forgiveness and to make amends
*Learning to reconcile difficult relationships
I can raise my hand that God has worked on me and walked me through many things on the list above. Seriously, this could be one of those meme’s that is viral on Facebook that people have to put a heart next to if they have done. All kidding aside, pray over this list and ask God to reveal anything that he wants to draw to the surface of your life for you to tackle together so you can experience growth in that area.
Romans 5:3-5 states, “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, character, and character, hope.”
Why is hope important?
We need hope to be able to get us through. Hope is what will keep us alive and going when we want to stop and give up.
I want to leave you with this verse as we close Romans 15 Bible Study:
Hebrews 5:7-9 states, “While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. 8 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. 9 In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.”
Thank you for doing this Bible Study with me and I pray that you learned something new!
Have a blessed day in the Lord! Remember, Jesus loves you!
Matthew Henry Commentary
Strong’s Greek Hebrew Dictionary