Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Today’s Reading Assignment – Romans 14-16
“Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble. You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.” Romans 14:20-23
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit. So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God. Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me, bringing the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I worked among them. They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God’s Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum.” Romans 15:13, 16-19
“And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.” Romans 16:17-18
Study Questions for Romans 14 – 16
Spirit of Unity with one Heart and Mouth (14:1-15:13)
Do Everything in the Lord (14:1-12)
What conflict arose in the Roman church between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians? (1-5) What similar problem are occurring today as more and more Jews accept Jesus as the Messiah, and more and more Gentiles are returning to the early church’s holy days?
What should be the fundamental motivation of believers in Jesus in solving these problems? (1, 6, 9)
Why shouldn’t believers in Jesus condemn and judge each other? (3, 4, 10-12)
Acting in Love (14:13-23)
For what should believers in Jesus make every effort? What should be its motivation?
That We Might Have Hope (15:1-13)
What should be the attitude of strong believers in Jesus toward their neighbors? (1-2) In doing this, what pain do they have to overcome?
What do we have to remember to overcome the difficulty of building up others? Think about the example of Christ and the hope God gave us.
A Minister of Christ Jesus (15:14-16:27)
Apostle Paul, a Pioneer (15:14-21)
What is Paul’s motivation for writing this letter to them? (14-15)
What is the grace and power he received from God? (16, 18) How did he bear this grace?
How do verses 19 and 20 show Paul’s pioneering spirit? (19-20)
What is Paul’s purpose in mentioning his priestly duty and pioneering spirit to the Roman believers at this time?
Apostle Paul, a Missionary (15:22-33)
What is Paul’s plan for his mission? What are his prayer topics for which he urges the Roman believers to pray for him? Think about Paul’s world mission vision.
Apostle Paul, a Shepherd (16:1-27)
What are the names and the characteristics of those Paul greets? (1-16) What is his word of admonishment to them? (17. 20) What can we learn from Paul?
Who are Paul’s fellow workers (21-24) How did Paul treat them?
How is the gospel revealed and made known to people? what is the purpose of the gospel? (25-27)
* Through this study, think about two points. First, how can we beak the cultural barriers in accomplishing God’s will? Second, think about the challenging attitude that a minister of Christ Jesus must have.