SWEET START: Romans, Day 6
**A note from Becky: All changes come with a few bumps in the road. I have been LOVING doing a Bible study on my blog, and plan to continue for a long time. But, I wasn’t loving the length of my posts as much, or the fact that the two subjects felt disjointed at times. So, from here on out, I’ll be writing a primary stamping post, and it will link to the Sweet Start study for the day. This format will also allow me to more easily direct people who are behind on the study to a central page where they can get caught up. All in all, I hope you like the change! Onward, sweet friends.
Romans, Day 6
We’re finally getting back into the book of Romans after taking a little side trip to explore who Jesus is as the Son of God and our Lord. If you missed any of those posts, you can visit the main study page and navigate through until you’re caught up. To begin our study today, please read Romans 1:5- 7. When you’re done, you can read my study notes below. Let’s dig into the word together!
- Romans 1:5- Paul says that he, through Jesus directly and for the sake of His glory, received grace (read: undeserved favor or loving kindness) and apostleship (a special authorized calling or mission) to bring Gentile nations to faith in Christ Jesus. As Christians, we’re called to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). Do you feel specially called by God to a specific group of people? If so, I’d love to hear about your ministry, or what your heart longs to do when God’s timing allows! If not, be praying that God would lead you to opportunities and give you boldness in sharing the gospel when He would have you speak. No matter what, remember what we learned in the Philemon study– live out grace! Love people who deserve it and especially those who don’t. Let your life be a witness of what you’ve received– undeserved loving kindness– and pray that God would use your example to draw people to Himself. As Paul says, we “also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:6). What a privilege God has bestowed upon us! To be those who bear His name and image on earth. Heavy stuff, right?
- Romans 1:7- Finally, our bite-sized study gets us to the addressee of the letter. Paul wrote this letter to Christians in Rome, and sends the exact same greeting as his letter to Philemon, verse 3: “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” A classic Pauline greeting! Remember that this greeting implies the active delivery of the blessing by the Holy Spirit. It’s not merely a pleasantry, neither does it minimize the importance of (or exclude the person of) the Holy Spirit. This is convicting to me! I tend to say things to be “nice,” but without much actual expectation of the fulfillment of my words from God. Do you know what I mean? “Have a great week!” rolls off my tongue without much regard to petitioning the One who can actually bless the days ahead. What if we got in the habit of turning our greetings, especially the spoken kind, into prayers? What are we afraid of– that God won’t come through for us? I’m going to make a conscious effort to reverse this thoughtless habit and not merely wish for people to be blessed or have a great week. I’m going to start asking for it.
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