Reading this week: Getting ready to finish Romans
Beginning next week, Pastor Fakkema will continue his series of messages from Romans. These are the texts for the final six sermons. Begin reading this week as we complete Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome and God’s word to his church in Anacortes.
Monday: Romans 13:1-7, Taxes, revenue, respect and honor
The questions around how we relate to civil authorities has always been a challenge for believers. We are, after all, citizens of two very different kingdoms. What does Paul’s principle of establishment mean for the church of the 21st century? How have you been blessed by God’s gift of (yes, gift!) of civil authority?
Tuesday: Romans 13:8-14, Love fulfills the law
Understanding debt has always been important (see Deuteronomy 15 and Proverbs 22:7). How has the debt of love that we owe changed your investment portfolio? When has “this present time” made loving more difficult? Easier?
Wednesday: Romans 14, Disputable matters
Christians never have agreed on everything. We do agree, however, on the need for mutual edification. How does the principle of disputable matters help you respect and love Christians who disagree on a matter you hold dear?
Thursday: Romans 15:1-13, A final word to the “strong”
This teaching is as difficult as Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness (see Matthew 6:14-15). Do you identify more with the stronger or with the weaker brother or sister? What has helped you live out the command to accept each other?
Friday: Romans 15:14-22, Proclaiming the gospel
How well have we (as church and as individuals) captured Paul’s passion for reaching the unreached? What is the role of prayer in building your own passion for the gospel?
Saturday: Romans 16, Ministry is about people!
Who most surprises you in this long list of Paul’s friends and associates? Who would you greet in your personal version of Romans 16?