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8/2/16 6:21 P

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Hugs. I checked to see the next question asked. I am waiting to see what we are to read next and reflect upon as a group.

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8/1/16 3:55 P

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Hello, Lois,
Relisa!
I'm following along! Loving it too.

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7/27/16 11:30 P

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Hello Lois, I read on and found your comment on verse 11-12. I love the testimony you shared in connection with the verse that was shared What a wonderful way to share a glimpse of your ministry at the jail and how when we share the gift God has given to us, lives are touched.
As I looked at the scriptures you pointed out , what I first saw was a leader's heart for a church he had never met before but only heard about.
How many times have our hearts been moved by those we have never met, but we feel a kinship in the spirit with. We may never meet , but we know when eternity calls us home we will one day see one another in heaven.
This section of verses is a glimpse of the Apostle Paul's heart for a body of believers he has only heard about. His desire is to share with them the gift that God has given to Him. His gift was the ability to preach and teach. Another gift that Paul operated in was the gift of Faith. Through this letter, he would write to instruct the church in Rome about Salvation and how to walk out the Christian life.
As a Missionary Paul knew he could help this young church to understand the meaning of the Good News about Jesus. As he shared who Christ is, I believe Paul knew that those who read his letter would be encouraged and comforted. It is our mutual faith that gives us the bond we need as we travel on this road called faith.
I read on and saw the group had been looking at verse 8 - 12.
What is neat about this section of scripture is it is Paul's declaration of the power of the Gospel. In my Study Bible verses 8-17 is under this heading.
What I have always loved about this book is Paul's heart for Christ and His church is so wonderfully shared. I see a man who is thankful in verse 8. he is thankful to God for the body of Christ, but above all that their faith is well spoken of throughout the whole world.
Imagine people talking about you because they have witnessed and seen your faith. I have always saw this as a wonderful testimony any Christian can have. I had read a note the other day that said, " A light that does not show people Jesus is useless. Does your life show other people how to fine God and how to live for him?" As I reflected on verse 8, I saw a people who were shining brightly for Jesus, they were making a difference. I know that as my husband and I minister to the small church God has given to us to lead and pray for the citizens around us who are yet to still come in and taste and see that the Lord is good, I ask the Lord, help us to make a difference.
Verses 9-10 remind me of the importance of praying for the body of Christ. What we have to remember is God answers according to His will and timing . Paul teaches us to bring to the Lord our concerns, but at His feet we should leave them. In these very lines we are given instruction on how to pray. Paul declares he has made his request that he might have a prosperous journey, but take note he says, "by the will of God to come to you." In these very words I am reminded that yes, God answers prayers, but it is according to His will. When I pray I seek his heart to be laid over mine. I see His purposes, his will, His plan to be realized in my life.

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7/27/16 11:14 P

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Hello Lois , I read your question and I love Romans 1:16, but I think the key verse of this chapter is verse 18 where he says " For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness." I come to this conclusion because Paul opens up the book of Romans explaining first in the first 6 chapters the sinfulness of humanity. He begins with this so he can explain the wonderful forgiveness that is available through faith in Christ.
The other scripture that stands out to me is verse 17 that says," For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith :as it is written, the just shall live by faith.


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7/22/16 11:35 A

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I'm following along, though texting from cell means not much commenting.
Ty for the study!

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7/15/16 8:28 A

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Vs. 12 .. YES, we should be encouraging each other .. building each other up instead of tearing down each other with idle words and gossip. It frustrates me when I hear Christians talking about other Christians and feeling like they have to tell everyone the negative.. what happened to lets tell each other the blessing our brothers and sisters in Christ are...
To me this goes along with vs,.9 without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers" If we were praying our minds would be turned to encouraging.
I am going to purpose in my heart to pray for those who have been awful to me and for anything I think is wrong I want to have the heart of God and see others and love others the way He does. I want to try to look at events with His eyes and ask instead of complaining what would HE have me do ......



Reading over.. VS 11.. IMPART - means to give, share distribute , grant ..It is used to exhort those, to encourage.
I have always believed since it goes along with encouraging each other .. that we have the ability to *see* someones gift , their strength and encourage thjem to use it,.. Some people truly have no idea what their gift is and we might be able to say * Mary, you definitely have the gift of hospitality .. OR John, look at the leadership ... OR Nancy You have a wonderful gift for teaching .. etc
Then they are encouraged that they do have gifts and can use them to a fuller extent.. OR just encourage people in their gifts that we see how they are being used of our Lord...
Blessings on your day!

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7/11/16 6:07 P

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Which verse in chapter one appears to be the key of the whole chapter? To me it is......
Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, because it it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jews, then for the Gentile.






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7/11/16 10:10 A

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Hoping I can start participating now with school over and back from the lake... will read more thoroughly later tonite....

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7/7/16 2:29 A

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Spellchecker was too fast for me the word chairs is supposed to be charis!

How I feel is more important than what I weigh! How my clothes fit is beginning to matter more!!

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7/6/16 3:50 P

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vs 11-12 We as Christians are to encourage one another. We are not always strong as we need to be at times during stressful situations. Also, we need to be an encouragement to those who are weak in the faith. As I visited the jail this weak, there was one that needed to just be held as she cried and cried. Another lady, needed to hear that when things do not make sense to us, to still keep on trusting God for he always knows best and does the best for us. Another young lady never knew a loving family anytime in her growing up years and she has struggled throughout her life. She wanted to know more about salvation and how one can be sure.

So let's continue to encourage one another in all areas of life.

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7/5/16 8:53 P

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I have a Bible with a lexicon and this is what it has to say about gift in verse 11.
The word translated "gift" is derived from charis which means grace; charisma is indicating the result of grace. A gift of grace, an undeserved benefit from God
Chairs is : to rejoice; or chara meaning, joy, favor,acceptance, a kindness granted or desired, a benefit, thanks, gratitude, grace. A favor done without expectation of return; absolute freeness of the loving-kindness of God to men, finding its only motive in the bounty and freeheartedness of the Giver (capital G), unearned and inherited favor.

I personally like the phrases in this definition. And the definite source of this gift is mentioned twice although I can relate to the desire to pass on any little or big revelation that God gives me in hopes that it will be of help or encouragement to another in their journey through life. I have had my "Pauls" in my Christian walk and I heardave appreciated each one. There have been some rebukes in love that I most cherish these have been the ones that really helped me make the needed changes which made my walk a more solid faith filled one.

I hope this makes sense each one of us has someone we love that needs to accept the gift from God. We each get opportunities to be someone's Paul and speak encouragement and truth into someone's life. I think your real close to what this verse is saying Carla. Thanks for introducing the study!! Crissy

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7/5/16 7:47 P

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Read Romans 1:8-12 Done.

***Are there any words you feel led to look up? I focused on faith from verse 8...Faith is described as complete trust, confidence, security and belief by our spiritual knowledge, without having proof. Knowing that something is real, even if we can't physically see it.

***Paul said in V8 that your faith is spoken of throughout the world". How must the Romans have been living at that time to earn that merit? How does your life need to change in order to be counted among them? Paul expresses his thankfulness for the church remaining faithful, their faithfulness is not contained, but can be seen throughout the world. What a profound statement! For me, it raised several questions. Am I humble in my walk with God? Can others see Christ through the life I live? Am I letting my light shine daily? It's easy to post threads about faith and the awesome God we serve. But am I putting my faith into action in my daily life? Am I striving to live a life that makes this unbelieving world thirsty for who I serve? I don't want to just give God lip service, I want my life to be a testimony for Him. I want the saved and unsaved to know I'm committed to living my life for Christ.

***What is Paul saying in v11-12? What is the meaning of his statements here? Paul has such humility in his service to God. His humility shines in verse 12..."That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me." Paul is saying he wants to be comforted, encouraged at the "same" time the church is comforted. He didn't seek God's comfort before the church, but he wanted to be encouraged with the church. This made me reflect on times when I place my physical or spiritual needs before others. God never fails to Bless me highly, when I choose to be unselfish. It can be hard to do, but removing self out of the way, gives God an opportunity to work in us.

***Do you have anything to add? Is there anything the Lord is speaking to you through this passage that you would like to share? It is our duty as Christians to be ready and willing to serve. Your service may not always be in a form you expect. God may need you to be a source of encouragement. Perhaps he needs you to give Godly counsel. You might be needed to uplift others in prayer. Know if God called you, He has already equipped you. We should make ourselves available for any service God needs.

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7/4/16 11:31 A

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***Read Romans 1:8-12 Done

***Are there any words you feel led to look up? I looked up "gift" (v11) in Strong's concordance. The Greek word used here is pronouned "char'-is-mah". It's our English word charisma. I found that interesting. It is defined as "a (divine) gratuity; deliverance (from danger or passion); a spiritual endowment, religious qualification, or miraculous faculty.

***Paul said in v8 "that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world". How must the Romans have been living at that time to earn that merit? How does your life need to change in order to be counted among them? I think this phrase is awe-inspiring, and a small part fearsome. I love my church family, and I believe we are, for the most parts, a church that loves God and truly strives to live by God's precepts. But are we known throughout the world? Do we even stand out for our faith in our community? Am I doing my best to lift up the faith and obedience of my church family members? Am I actively taking my church out to the community, so that the world may see our faith, and see Christ loving, living, and working through us to reach them? It is also my desire for this team - that our faith will be known throughout the whole SP world. That when people hear of SP, the first thing that comes to mind will be this team, and how God lives, loves, and works through this team and its members.

***What is Paul saying in v11-12? What is the meaning of his statements here? Some read this verse and believe that one person can give another person spiritual gifts as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12. However, I believe the Bible is very clear that only the Holy Spirit is able to impart these gifts. I believe Paul's point here is that he would be able to impart spiritual light, knowledge, peace, and comfort, through the exercise of his ministerial gift. 1 Corinthians 12 also shows that God gave apostles (and others) to the churches as a gift, and that their ministering strengthens and further develops the church.

***Do you have anything to add? Is there anything the Lord is speaking to you through this passage that you would like to share? I think it is the responsibility of every Christian to help call out the gifts we see in others - to name the Godly things we see in them and to encourage and strengthen them in using their gifts. I also think we as Christians do not do this enough, myself included.

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7/3/16 7:24 P

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ASSIGNMENT - July 4: (Copy/paste & add in your answers if you'd like.)

***Read Romans 1:8-12

***Are there any words you feel led to look up?

***Paul said in v8 "that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world". How must the Romans have been living at that time to earn that merit? How does your life need to change in order to be counted among them?

***What is Paul saying in v11-12? What is the meaning of his statements here?

***Do you have anything to add? Is there anything the Lord is speaking to you through this passage that you would like to share?

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7/3/16 12:56 P

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Paul laid out in detail what his calling is. He also included a detailed though brief description of who CALLED HIM! Jesus! The one who was raised from the dead! The one who caused him to be blinded him along the road to Damascus,(Acts9:4) (Acts 22:8) then healed him! PTL (verse 14) He speaks of the prophets who foretold that he would be called. He did this to add AUTHENTICITY TO HIS CALLING as all knew of prophets. (Acts 22:12-14)

"And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, 12Someone named Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good reputation with all the Jews residing there,
13He stood beside me and said, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight!' And at that very moment I was able to see him. 13came to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him. 13came to me, and standing near said to me, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight!' And at that very time I looked up at him. 13Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. 13came and stood by me and said, 'Brother Saul, regain your sight.' And in that very hour I looked up and saw him.
14"Then he said: 'The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 14And he said, ‘The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; 14"And he said, 'The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth. 14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth."


He did this because he was known as Saul prior to his conversion, a murderer of Christians! Also, Jesus was a fairly common name in that day. He felt it necessary to clear up any confusion along his new path as an Apostle to the Romans!

I will read the verse by verse commentary,as I'm certain there is much more!

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7/3/16 8:48 A

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Romans 1:1-7New International Version (NIV)

1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

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7/3/16 8:43 A

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The first thing I needed to do what look up the word "doctrine"

doc·trine

noun
a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a church, political party, or other group.

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7/2/16 9:57 A

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I love the book of Romans. My hope in this study is to gain new applicable spiritual insight to improve my response to God, immediate with decisions that others may clearly see Jesus in me & be born again.

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7/1/16 11:14 P

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Assignment for July 2:
***Read Romans 1:1-7
***We know that "all doctrine is given for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." What do you think is the purpose of these 7 verses? How are they profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction?
***Choose one verse from this passage to think on and pray about. What does God speak to your heart about that particular verse?

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7/1/16 11:08 P

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Romans 1
My basic outline:
Verses 1-2: Paul lays out his qualifications to minister
Verses 3-6: Paul declares the foundation of his ministry, Christ
Verses 7: Paul addresses his letter to all who are in Rome
Verses 8-15: Paul professes his great desire to visit those in Rome
Verses 16-17: The gospel of Christ
Verses 18-32: Ungodliness and unrighteousness

Questions for personal further study:
1. What does it mean to be "called to be an apostle" (v1) and that we have "received apostleship" (v5)? How does this differ from being called to be a minister, a disciple, etc.?
2. Paul said in v8 "that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world". How must the Romans have been living at that time to earn that merit? How does my life need to change in order to be counted among them?
3. In v8, the Romans are praised for their faith. In v15, Paul is anxious to preach to the Romans. Why would many view that as an oxymoron or a waste of time?
4. V29-32 - look up each of these words.

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7/1/16 12:02 P

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I'm excited to start this!!

When you reach the end of your rope...you will find the hem of His garment!


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When I think of the Book of Romans.... I right away think of "Roman's Road"!!!
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6/30/16 9:10 P

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Here we go with our first team study! My intention is to post each evening - I know some of our members live in other countries and their times are quite different than here in the US. My goal is to post early enough that everyone will be able to access the day's reading on the correct day. If you are not able to check in daily, that's not a problem. Please study along on your own and post your notes when you are able.

At this point, my plan is to read a full chapter in a day, then over the next several days, break that chapter down to delve deeper. This is not intended to be a teaching, where one speaks and others listen - it is intended to be a discussion, with everyone sharing their thoughts, their experiences, and what God is showing them. Please join in!

So... are you ready? Let's begin!
Friday, July 1
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***Read Romans chapter 1 to get an overview.
***Post an outline and/or any thoughts that come to mind as you are reading.
***As we begin the book of Romans, are there any questions that come to mind?
***What do you desire to gain out of this study of Romans?

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