October 6- Welcoming Each Other in Christ (Romans 15:7-13)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below
This Sunday we will continue teaching Singing Together. This class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.
Look and See
This I Believe (This is a new song you can listen to here)
Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
Before the Throne of God Above
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Hakka people in China.
7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
8 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, 9 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.”
10 And again it is said,
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
11 And again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples extol him.”
12 And again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse will come,
even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”
13 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.
The church is marked by a unity that is unique to the world. Paul concludes his argument he began in chapter 14 where he called us to welcome each other and not to quarrel over opinions. He has spent a chapter and a half on showing how differences are not a point of separation but glory as we welcome each other as brothers and sisters. This call to welcome each other is grounded in the promise of God that he would unite Jew and Gentile in his plan to redeem the world. It is God's idea that he wraps a unity in the midst of diversity. He then prays that we might abound in the hope of all that he has promised.
Review and Apply
Have have you served another to please them rather than pleasing yourself this past week?
Upon what basis are we to welcome one another? Give an example of this in your life over the last month. How does this help you look at people differently?
How can God's glory be part of your relationship with others?
In what ways did you pursue unity among your church family this week?
Why did Jesus become a servant?
How does Paul use these various OT scriptures? How does the OT provide endurance and encouragement in this passage?
How does your participation and attitude worship each week declare your gratitude for God's mercy? What needs to change for it to be clear?
What is the purpose of Paul's prayer in vs. 13?
How does believing bring this joy and peace to us in life?
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