My answers to BSF study questions
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Questions for this lesson
10. Paul longs to visit and be refreshed among the Roman Christians.
Paul apologizes for the many times his work among the Gentiles hindered him from visiting them.
Paul saw his pioneering heart as obedience to the Scriptures, fulfilling the passage he quotes from the Old Testament. (Guzik)
Paul’s had not visited and spent time with the believers in Rome because of his. . .
constant passion to be a pioneer who preaches where no one has ever even heard of the Anointed One. . .pursuit of this mission has prevented me many times from visiting you (Romans 15:20 TPT)
11. Paul put his mission first.
Paul laid his life on the altar as a living sacrifice. I’ve always known that, but I haven’t always known how to communicate and partner with Holy Spirit for direction and opportunities.
12. The church in Macedonia and Greece sent a financial gift via Paul for the poor Jewish believers.
They gave spontaneously and generously ‘beyond their means’ and “of their own accord.’ (See 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 ESV)
They gave joyfully.
The givers felt grateful and indebted.
Principles of giving
I came up with four principles. I’m guessing, BSF is looking for the last two. (?)
- Be spontaneously generous with your needy and poor brothers and sisters in Christ.
Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ (Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV)
- Give cheerfully
They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts.
Giving grows out of the heart—otherwise, you’ve reluctantly grumbled “yes” because you felt you had to or because you couldn’t say “no,” but this isn’t the way God wants it. For we know that“ God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7 Voice)
- Deeply grateful
- Felt indebted
Paul’s observation is appropriate: the Gentile Christians of the broader Roman empire had received so much spiritually from the community of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, it was only right that they help the Jerusalem Christians in their need. (Guzik)
Some versions call their giving an obligation or something they owe.
Others focus on the hearts of the givers saying the believers feel indebted and they are deeply grateful.
God is pleased when we recognize the needs of others and give out of compassion and mercy. Jesus fed the multitudes (Matthew 15:32) and healed the crowds, moved with compassion. (Matthew 9:36; Matthew 14:14)
Paul behaved honorably and fatherly by commending the givers and by delivering the gift to the intended recipients.
Sadly, I’ve encountered those who aren’t so honest. When my heart goes out to an individual in need, I give directly.
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 28 Day 4 ~ Romans 15:22-29