Romans 1. Forum Discussion

We all need to be fed spiritually

Paul wrote the book of Romans in AD 57 near the end of his third missionary journey. At that time, Rome was the greatest city in the world with over one million inhabitants. Martin Luther wrote of Romans, “This epistle is the chief part of the New Testament and the very purest gospel. . . . It can never be read or pondered too much, and the more it is dealt with the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes.”

Paul has high praise for the believers in Rome in chapter 1. It’s interesting how badly Paul wants to visit Rome and his reasons for wanting to go. He identifies himself in verse 1 as, “A bond-servant of Christ Jesus,” so his primary purpose for wanting to visit Rome is to serve God and preach about His Son, Jesus. Paul also mentions that he longs to deliver a spiritual gift and to be encouraged himself.

For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established;that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.” – Romans 1:11-12

The first chapter of Romans highlights two things:

  1. Our need to be fed spiritually.
  2. Our calling to bring spiritual gifts to others.

1 Peter 2:2 reads, “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow  in respect to salvation.” Newborn babies crave milk to help them grow and survive. God created us with a survival instinct to make sure we are properly nourished. In the same way, we need to be feeding ourselves spiritually through God’s word so that we can mature in our faith.

As we “feed ourselves” on the Word of God, our spiritual gifts are revealed. God wants us to take these gifts and help others come to know Christ. Whatever our gifts may be, God wants us to use them.

Mathew 5:15-16 says, “Nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

As we seek to be fed and to feed others, God’s presence is magnified, and we glorify our Father in heaven.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Romans 2 and the topics of hypocrisy and judgement. May God’s blessings be upon you until then!

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Virtual Bible Study

What are some spiritual gifts that don't cost anything to share?

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Michael
Virtual Bible Study

Smiles, leading a Bible study, taking a sincere interest in others.

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Pat Dermody

Talk about diversification! Paul was trying to reach people who extended from one end of the Roman Empire to the other. He was trying to reach Jews, the Chosen ones , who abided by the law and Gentiles who did not. Paul goes on to demonstrate that the Jews were not following the law and the gentiles who should have learned about God from observing the greatness of His creation were not obeying God either. They all sinned by worshipping what God had created rather than God. Ultimately, in verse 17 “ It is through faith that a righteous person has life. “ This faith is shown by the love we give to others and this gives glory to God.

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John
Pat Dermody

Great points. Thanks for sharing!

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Ben

I especially appreciate verse 20. We cannot God but we can see what he has made, powerful evidence that he exists. Psalm 19 is a beautiful backup.

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John
Ben

Makes me think of the ocean.

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Dan

I like the connection you made regarding feeding on God's Word and spiritual gifts. Although I do not believe there are miraculous gifts of the spirit for us today, there are talents, abilities and opportunities that God gives us to use to His glory. We will see these things as we are connected to His Word because it tells us of His will. If we know the will of God as He has revealed it, we will also see our abilites to service Him.

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John
Dan

Amen Brother! Thanks for sharing!!

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John

I always think of the pilot on an airplane that tells us to put the oxygen mask on ourselves before assisting others in the event of a loss in cabin pressure.

We need to take care of ourselves spiritually, and make sure that we are being fed and growing in our knowledge of the Lord. This is a necessity if we are going to fulfill the Great Commission and bring the message of Christ to the world.

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tommy

I love the Bible! It might sound silly, but it reminds me to be the good person that I want to be, and that God wants me to be. Between 24 hour news and social media, I see so much negativity and the bad qualities of people. I believe that if more people were in God's word everyday, our kindness would come out more often. Thanks for spreading the Gospel!

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