Ligonier Bible Study

Paul’s Appeal for Prayer

Paul’s Appeal for Prayer

Romans 15:30-32, “I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be...

In the Fullness of Christ’s Blessing

In the Fullness of Christ’s Blessing

Romans 15:28-29, “When therefore I have completed this and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will leave for Spain by way of you. 29 I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.” In Romans 15:25-27, we learn that...

Our Debt to the Jews

Our Debt to the Jews

Romans 15:25-27, “At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. 27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to...

Paul’s Ambition

Paul’s Ambition

Romans 15:20-21, “and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, 21 but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will...

Paul’s Priestly Service

Paul’s Priestly Service

Romans 15:14-16, “I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15 But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given...

The Hope of Jews and Gentiles

The Hope of Jews and Gentiles

Romans 15:8-13, “ For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will...

Welcoming Others for God’s Glory

Welcoming Others for God’s Glory

Romans 15:7, “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Key to Paul's argument for Christians not to break fellowship over minor matters is that we may not view any of those whom God has welcomed into His family as "lesser"...

Paul’s Prayer for Harmony

Paul’s Prayer for Harmony

Romans 15:5-6, “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Having provided significant...

The Value of the Old Testament

The Value of the Old Testament

Romans 15:4, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Early in its history, the church confronted a heretic named Marcion who believed, among...

Bearing with the Weak

Bearing with the Weak

Romans 15:1-3, “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of...

Passing Judgment on Ourselves

Passing Judgment on Ourselves

Romans 14:22, “But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” As Paul draws near the conclusion of his discussion of Christian freedom in Romans 14:1-15:7, he gives some...

Keeping Faith to Yourself

Keeping Faith to Yourself

Romans 14:22, “The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.” Jesus has left us free in many areas to follow our consciences. There are objective standards for our...

Protecting the Work of God

Protecting the Work of God

Romans 14:20-21, “Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.”...

Peace and Mutual Upbuilding

Peace and Mutual Upbuilding

Romans 14:19, “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” Humility that recognizes our place and the place of others in the kingdom is one of the chief characteristics that the New Testament calls us to exhibit. For example, we find it...