HOW HAVE WE LOVED AND HONORED SOMEONE IN THEIR DIFFERENCES?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while.

25 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. 28 When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of you. 29 I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Recall from Sunday:

We partner together in mission (15:22-24), giving (25-29), and prayer (30-33) to see God’s kingdom break through in every sphere and nation.

Reflect:

What are the most significant notes you took during the sermon?

What did you learn about God and his plans for us from the Bible passage?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

Paul’s upcoming visit to Rome is not just for that church’s sake, but so they can send him on to Spain with the gospel, so it is important that they work out their differences so they can be an effective basecamp for the Spanish mission (v24). Is there a conflict you are part of in our church that could lead to division? What’s at stake if you don’t reconcile?

Paul is bringing a gift to the church in Jerusalem and expects the church in Rome to help him materially on his way to Spain (v28). How can we today use our material gifts to repay spiritual blessings? Can we pay it forward for other people’s sakes? What are your giving habits and how might God be calling you to a next step?

Paul invites the church to strive together with him in prayer (v30). Who do you strive together with in prayer regarding God’s mission? Do you as a home group support each other as you reach out to your friends with the love of Jesus? Do you strive together in prayer for any of our International Workers?

HOW CAN WE LOVE AND HONOR OTHERS IN THEIR DIFFERENCES?

If there’s a conflict right now between you and another church member resolve today to renew your commitment to reconciliation for the gospel’s sake. Identify with your group how you can take a step to resolution this week and invite them to strive together in prayer for you.

Identify together as a group what next step you could take in striving together in prayer for the sake of the gospel. Are their friends and neighbors who don’t know Jesus you could be praying for? Could you commit as a group to praying for a Wellspring missionary or two?