Lesson Overview: Romans 15:14–16:27
This is lesson 6 of 6 in Living Sacrifices.
- Main Point of the Passage: When Paul explained his plans to the Roman Christians he revealed how seriously he took the mission God had given him of preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles.
- Main Point of the Lesson: God gives each of us a role in His mission of making disciples of all nations.
- Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will identify the mission that God has given them and ways to carry out that mission.
- Key Verse: Romans 15:15–16, “Nevertheless, I have written to remind you more boldly on some points because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, serving as a priest of God’s good news. My purpose is that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”
- Word Studies: Evangelize in Romans 15:20
To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.
Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.
Smile Question: If you could participate in any reality show or game show, which one would you choose?
Share Question: If you were to choose a life motto, what would it be?
Introduce the Passage: God gives each of us a role in his mission of making disciples of all nations. In Romans 15:14–16:27, Paul explained his plans to the Roman Christians. In doing so, he revealed how seriously he took the mission God had given him of preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles.
In chapter 15, verse 15, Paul called himself a “priest of the gospel.” In the Old Testament a priest was a mediator between God and man, but Jesus fulfilled that role (see Hebrews 7:26-28). Another important role of priest in the Old Testament was to offer sacrifices to God. Since Jesus’ death, instead of an animal or grain sacrifice, God expects Christians to offer the sacrifice of a life fully submitted to him (see Romans 12:1). Paul was a priest in the sense that he was offering this kind of sacrifice to God: Gentiles obedient to Christ.
- Optional:Have a member of your group either recite the passage from memory or give a detailed summary of the passage from memory.
- Optional: Have a member of your group present their word study on the following word(s): Evangelize in Romans 15:20
Study Question: Let’s read Romans 15:14–16:27 and look for answers to this question: What impact did Paul’s mission make on his goals and plans?
Connect-the-Dots Question: What role did the Roman Christians play in Paul’s mission?
Count-the-Cost Question: Compare and contrast the mission God gave Paul with the mission he has given you.
Let’s-Do-It Question: What would change in your life if you took your mission as seriously as Paul took his?
Prayer: Father, allow the Gospel to transform every part of us. Teach us to make our plans and set our goals based on the mission you have for our lives. Amen.