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Romans 15:14-21

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Paul Begins His Closing Remarks of This Great Epistle

Romans 15:14-21

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Lesson Number 46

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Characteristics of a Spirit-led ministry:
    a. No believer is exempt from exhortation
    b. Converts are considered a sacrifice to God
    c. All boasting is Christ-centered
    d. God confirms the ministry with power
    e. The ministry meets a definite need

Practical Application

  1. Did you ever think of your neighbor as a sacrifice?

Questions

  1. To whom was Paul specifically called to minister the gospel?
  2. List the five characteristics of a Spirit-led ministry.
  3. Are we to shy away from exhortation?
  4. What do the following Scriptures tell us about a Spirit-led ministry - Romans 15:17-18, Galatians 6:14 and 2 Corinthians 10:16-17?
  5. What does it mean, "the ministry meets a definite need?"

Answers

  1. The Gentiles
  2. a) no believer is exempt from exhortation
    b) converts are considered a sacrifice to God
    c) all boasting is Christ-centered
    d) God confirms the ministry with power
    e) the ministry meets a definite need
  3. No. Even the Roman Christians were exhorted, but they were also commended for their spiritual ministry.
  4. That all boasting is to be Christ-centered.
  5. God does not waste spiritual ministry. Rather, ministries are designed to meet needs that others are not meeting. But there can be overlapping ministries.

Discuss/Consider

  1. What does it mean that converts are considered a sacrifice to God? Cite examples from your life.
  2. How does God confirm the Spirit-led ministry with power a) in the early days of Christianity and b) today?

Challenge

  1. Your neighbor is anyone to whom you are witnessing or someone you are discipling. They are like sacrifices and we are like priests, offering them as clean to the Lord. Did you ever think of your neighbor as a sacrifice?

Key Verses

  • "I am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish (instruct) one another." Romans 15:14
  • "Nevertheless, brethren...a reminder..." Romans 15:15
  • "I glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain (in my service) to God." Romans 15:17
  • "I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ." Romans 15:19

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