Romans 15:1-13

In the Apostle Paul’s efforts in helping the church, he has been reminding them of where their focus should be, that is, what they have in common rather than on their differences. I have always thought that it was interesting, that although Paul’s letter to the church, that was in Rome, should give Christians a foundation for unity, many of the things that divide Christians have come from this letter. My inclination is to reiterate all those things that I have attempted to bring out in this series of sermons, but I am afraid that it would be as long as the book of Romans itself. As Paul wrote in the beginning of his letter, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16). In this section of scripture that I spoke about this past Lord’s day, Paul focuses on hope. And it is my hope that all would open their hearts and minds, letting go of all the things we have been fed over the years and those preconceived ideas and let the power of the word of God be the determining factor in our Christian walk. As Paul wrote and as I pray for us all, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

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