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Romans 15:8-13

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God Cares for the Gentiles as Well as the Jews

Romans 15:8-13

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Lesson Number 45

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Christ became a servant to the Jews in order to confirm the promises to the patriarchs.
  2. Christ became a servant to the Jews in order to bring the gospel to the Gentiles.

Practical Application

  1. How well can we quote Scripture?
  2. Are we experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit?

Questions

  1. When Jesus Christ came into this world as a Jew, God had only the Jews in mind. True or False?
  2. Will the promises to the patriarchs be fulfilled?
  3. There are four quotations from the Old Testament, Romans 15:9-12. What is the common theme in these quotations? What is the point?
  4. List the three divisions of the Old Testament from which these four quotations came.
  5. By whom were these three quotations written?

Answers

  1. False. God had in mind both Jews and Gentiles.
  2. Yes. Although the Jews are temporarily set aside, the promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are confirmed in Christ.
  3. Gentiles comprise the common theme. The point of these verses is to show the Jewish Christians that bringing in the Gentiles was from the beginning.
  4. The law, prophets and psalms
  5. By Moses, Isaiah and David

Discuss/Consider

  1. There were tensions in the early first century church in Rome. There are tensions today when people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds mix. What is the responsibility of each Christian in such a situation?
  2. Refer to Romans 15:13, "Abound in hope in the power of the Holy Spirit." How can you realize this power today?

Challenge

  1. How well can you quote Scripture? Start or continue a regular program of memorization for yourself.

Key Verses

  • "Jesus Christ has become a servant to confirm the promises made to the fathers, that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy." Romans 15:8-9
  • "Rejoice, O Gentiles!" Romans 15:10
  • "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

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