2 Introductory Remark: A Brief Summary of Romans 14 2 distinct groups:2 distinct tendencies:The StrongDespise the WeakThe WeakJudge the StrongThe state of one’s conscience determines who is strong and who is weak
3 A. Unity in Spite of Different Personal Convictions (15:1-6) 2 questions to discuss here:What are these convictions?Conviction about food issues (14:1-4; 14-23)b) Conviction about special days (14:5-22)
4 A. Unity in Spite of Different Personal Convictions (15:1-6) 2 questions to discuss here:How do we remain united?By bearing the infirmities of the weak (15:1)By pleasing our neighbours rather than ourselves (15:2)We should emulate the example of our Lord Jesus (15:3).
5 B. Unity In Spite of Different Racial Backgrounds (15:7-13) How do we maintain unity in the Body of Christ?By accepting one another without any prior conditions (15:7)By being filled with all joy and peace from the Holy Spirit (15:13)God has already reconciled Jews and Gentiles in one body through the Cross (Ephesians 2:14-16)
6 C. The Special Commission of Paul to the Gentiles (15:14-33) Paul was appointed by Jesus to be a servant to the Gentiles (15:16)Paul relied on the power of the Holy Spirit to evangelise the Gentiles (15:18-19)Paul wanted to proclaim the gospel to Gentiles who never heard of Jesus (15:20)Paul had a real compassion for the lost people. What about us today?
7 Romans 16: Personal Greetings and Doxology One striking aspect of the doxology (vv.25-27) is the phrase: ‘the obedience of faith’.It is exactly the same phrase as in Romans 1:5.Why did Paul begin and conclude his epistle to the Romans with the same phrase?