Lesson - March 5, 2017

The Gospel and Paul’s Plan

Romans 15:22-33


22 ¶  In fact, my visit to you has been delayed so long because I have been preaching in these places.

23  But now I have finished my work in these regions, and after all these long years of waiting, I am eager to visit you.

24  I am planning to go to Spain, and when I do, I will stop off in Rome. And after I have enjoyed your fellowship for a little while, you can provide for my journey.

25  But before I come, I must go to Jerusalem to take a gift to the believers there.

26  For you see, the believers in Macedonia and Achaia have eagerly taken up an offering for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem.

27  They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially.

28  As soon as I have delivered this money and completed this good deed of theirs, I will come to see you on my way to Spain.

29  And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together.

30 ¶  Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit.

31  Pray that I will be rescued from those in Judea who refuse to obey God. Pray also that the believers there will be willing to accept the donation I am taking to Jerusalem.

32  Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other.

33  And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen.


1.  Where was Paul planning to travel? (15:23-24)



2.  How did Paul want the Roman Christians to help him?  (15:24)



3.  What was Paul taking to Jerusalem? (15:26)


4.  What had the Jews done for the Gentiles? (15:27)


5.  For what did Paul ask the people to pray? (15:30-32)




6.  How does praying for others cause your love for them to increase?



7.  What are some of things for which we should pray on behalf of those involved in the ministry of The Garage Church? 


Lesson - February 26, 2017

From Jerusalem to Illyricum

Romans 15:14-21


14 ¶  I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them.

15  Even so, I have been bold enough to write about some of these points, knowing that all you need is this reminder. For by God’s grace,

16  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.

17 ¶  So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God.

18  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.

19  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.

20  My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.

21  I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says,

“Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand.”

22 ¶  In fact, my visit to you has been delayed so long because I have been preaching in these places.


1. How are people made holy by the Holy Spirit? (15:16)




2. Why was Paul enthusiastic about his service to the Lord? (15:17) How enthusiastic are you about

your service to the Lord?




3. What had God done through Paul’s work to get the attention of the Gentiles? (15:18-19)




4. Where had Paul preached the gospel, and what is significant about this region? (15:19)




5. Why did Paul preach the gospel where Christ was not known? (15:20



6.  What groups in our community are often overlooked in the spread of the gospel message?



7.  What can we learn from Paul’s delay to go to Rome? (15:22) 


Lesson - February 12, 2017

Keep the Kingdom in Focus

Romans 14:14-23


14  I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.

15  And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died.

16  Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good.

17  For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

18  If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.

19  So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.

20  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.

21  It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.

22  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.

23  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.


1.  Is verse 14 teaching that truth differs from person to person?  Explain. 




2.  What responsibility do you have to be a good example for others?




3.  When Scripture is not explicit on an issue, how should a person decide what is right and wrong? 




4.  What is the true focus of the kingdom of God? (14:17-18)




5.  Why is harmony in the church so important?  (14:19)




6.  What is your responsibility for building peace among the other believers? (14:19-21)





7.  How should concern for other believers affect our personal choices? (14:21


Lesson - February 5, 2017

The Gospel and Christian Liberty

Romans 14:1-13


We should stop sweating the small stuff and focus on getting to know Jesus better.


1 ¶  Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.

2  For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables.

3  Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.

4  Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him judge whether they are right or wrong. And with the Lord’s help, they will do what is right and will receive his approval.

5  In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable.

6  Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.

7  For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves.

8  If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

9  Christ died and rose again for this very purpose--to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.

10  So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.

11  For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.’”

12  Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.

13  So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.


1.  How should a fellow believer who is weak in the faith be treated? (14:1)



2.  What issues did Paul believe were not worth fighting over? (14:2,5)



3.  Why should we not be critical of others? (14:3-4)



4.  In whose interest are we to live and die? (14:7-8)



5.  Why did Christ die and rise from grave? (14:9)



6.  What will each person do when standing before God? (14:10-12)



7.  What should we do instead of judging fellow Christians? (14:13)


Lesson - January 29, 2017

The Government, Your Debt, and Time

Romans 13:1-14


1 ¶  Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2  So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.  3  For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.  4  The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.  5  So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.  6  Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do.  7 ¶  Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.  8  Owe nothing to anyone--except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.  9  For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These--and other such commandments--are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  10  Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.

11 ¶  This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  12  The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.  13  Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy.  14  Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.


1.  How is the establishment of any government connected to God, and how should we respond to that government? (13:1-2)



2.  What should a Christian do to maintain a good relationship with the government? (13:3-4)



3.  What motivation does the Christian have to submit to the government? (13:5)



4.  How can evil, cruel leaders serve God’s plan and do good for God’s people?



5.  How should a Christian respond to the tax laws, the requirements of the government, and debt?




6.  What one command sums up many other commands? (13:8-9)



7.  What time was running out for the Roman Christians, and how were they to behave? (13:11-13)



8.  How can we clothe ourselves with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, and how will that impact the world around us? (13:14)