Spiritual Strengthening [Romans 1:8-15]

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/22/2023

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Romans

Key Text: Romans 1:8-15


What if you could listen to the prayers of Paul?

…What if you could look over his shoulder and peek at his itinerary and plans of all the things he wishes to accomplish?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Romans and shows us how the introduction allows us this opportunity… and it’s a good thing.

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For God has used His Word to model through Paul, shaping how we, as well, are to submit our prayers and plans before the Lord.

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The following are questions to help you think about the sermon, as well as offer a set of discussion questions for family worship, or gathering together in other settings. My prayer is that these questions will allow you to dwell longer, and meditate more, upon God’s holy Word and will be fodder for sanctifying conversations. — M.S.

  1. What is Paul thankful to God for in Romans 1:8?
  2. Why is Paul’s thanksgiving (or praise) made through Jesus Christ?
  3. What does Paul mean in Romans 1:9 when he says, “For God, whom I serve in my spirit…”?
  4. In Romans 1:10, Paul makes an oath by saying, “For God…is my witness”.  Why does Paul do this when Jesus instructs us in Matthew 5:37, “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.”?
  5. From this passage (Romans 1:8-15), how can we argue that Paul’s focus is upon people?  Do you have this same focus?
  6. How do Paul’s prayers and planning reflect his view of God’s providence?
  7. What is God’s providence?
  8. How do you react when things don’t go according to your plans?
  9. What are the four reasons Paul desires to visit believers in Rome?
  10. What is the purpose of spiritual gifts?
  11. When Paul says that he is under obligation both to “Greeks and to Barbarians” or both to the “wise and the foolish” was this derogatory?  How does this relate to Galatians 3:28?
  12. Paul says that he is eager to preach to those in Rome.  What do you do when you aren’t “eager” to fulfill a duty or obligation?

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