Welcome one another
Scripture: Romans 15:7–15:13
Romans: The Gospel for God’s glory
Welcome one another
Accept one another for God’s glory for God has shown mercy and gives us hope
1) Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God, 15:7.
How does “therefore” connect with 15:1-6? How has Christ welcomed, or accepted us, for God’s glory? How does our welcoming one another glorify God?
2) For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 15:8.
What does this verse say about how Christ accepted Jew and Gentile for the glory of God?
3) And in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name”, 15:9.
What further reason does the first part of this verse give that Christ became a servant to the Jews to show God’s truthfulness? The second part of this verse quotes Psalm 18:49. How did Christ fulfill this for us Gentiles?
4) And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”, 15:10.
This quotes Deuteronomy 32:43. What does this say about God’s purpose in saving Jews and Gentiles?
5) And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him”, 15:11.
What does this quote from Psalm 117:1 about God’s purpose in saving Jews and Gentiles?
6) And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope,” 15:12.
Why did God raise up the “root of Jesse” (Messiah) to rule the Gentiles?
7) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope, 15:13.
What is encouraging about Paul calling God “the God of hope”? How is the hope God gives different than what we usually mean when we say things like, “I hope so”? In Paul’s prayer, how does he ask that God will cause us to abound in hope (how do faith, joy, peace and hope relate)? How does Paul’s prayer relate to 14:17? How does this prayer relate to Paul’s exhortation that we should welcome/accept one another for the glory of God? Should we pray this prayer for one another? What might happen?