• Bearing with the Weak Devotional

    Romans 15:1–3

    As servants of Jesus, we are not greater than our Master. In serving others, bearing God’s wrath to atone for our sin, He endured unimaginable suffering. We will “suffer” as well when we have to refrain from exercising the full extent of our freedom in Christ as we serve others. At such times we should look away from ourselves to our Savior, asking for Him to sustain us when we must bear with the scruples of others, praying that by our doing so they will grow to Christian maturity. View Resource

  • Hope and Encouragement Devotional

    Romans 15:1–6

    Psalms are a great source of encouragement, because (a) they meet us where we are, in the midst of difficulty and conflict, (b) they remind us of what God has done, and (c) they bring us face to face with God in prayer. Let’s get the psalms back into our worship and our private devotions. View Resource

  • The Value of the Old Testament Devotional

    Romans 15:4

    Certain books and passages of Scripture have played greater roles in the history of theology than others; thus, it’s no surprise that some portions of the Bible are read more often than others. However, we must not make the mistake of thinking that there is any unimportant part of Scripture. The Holy Spirit inspired it all, and it is all given for our edification (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Let us therefore study the whole counsel of God and not just isolated portions of it. View Resource

  • Paul’s Prayer for Harmony Devotional

    Romans 15:5–6

    Paul’s prayer for unity in the church based upon the truth of God’s Word and for the glory of Christ should be on our lips as well. How often do you pray for the peace and purity of the church around the world? How often do you pray for the peace and purity of your local body? Perhaps if we were all to pray more often for unity grounded in gospel essentials, we would see the Lord move to make this prayer a reality. View Resource

  • Welcoming Others for God’s Glory Devotional

    Romans 15:7

    Jesus tells us that the greatest apologetic, or defense, for the Christian faith is love: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). He does not commend an invisible love but one that is fully evident in our embrace of Christians who are different than us. Christ has embraced us, and we commit a great sin when we do not embrace others whom He has redeemed. View Resource

  • The Hope of Jews and Gentiles Devotional

    Romans 15:8–12

    Christ came to meet the needs of His people, to humble Himself and do whatever was necessary to redeem us from our bondage to sin. He did this without respect to ethnicity, which means that we are to welcome all who trust in Christ alone no matter their background. Jesus has confirmed the promises to the patriarchs, and therefore we are to seek unity among all Christians of every nationality, unity that is grounded in the truth of our Lord’s person and work. View Resource

  • Abounding in Hope Devotional

    Romans 15:13

    Even though the subjective experience of peace and joy will wax and wane to some degree over the course of our walk with Christ, we should nevertheless expect our sense of peace and joy to grow stronger as we mature in the faith. As we meditate on the surety of our hope to come, we will rejoice that there is treasure laid up for us in heaven and we will find more reasons to be at peace, knowing that this fallen world can threaten our peace only in a temporary sense. View Resource

  • Paul’s Priestly Service Devotional

    Romans 15:14–16

    Paul exhorts us in Romans 12:1 to offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices. The Apostle’s words in today’s passage indicate that it is also possible to offer others to the Lord. When our Creator uses us and our ministry to bring others to faith and to grow them in Christ, He will receive these as a kind of sacrifice that we have made to Him. Our ministry is never in vain, and the Lord will reward us as we offer up such sacrifices. View Resource

  • What Christ Did through Paul Devotional

    Romans 15:17–19

    We can take godly pride in serving the Lord successfully when we recognize that we have been only instruments in the Lord’s hand, instruments of His work and not ultimately the workers ourselves. Because we are God’s instruments, our goal is to be faithful. He produces fruit through us; we do not give the growth (1 Cor. 3:6). We live faithfully by working hard unto the God and by trusting Him to accomplish His purposes, and not trusting in our efforts. View Resource

  • Paul’s Ambition Devotional

    Romans 15:20–21

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “Paul then was a preacher of Christ, yet unknown to foreign nations, for this end—that after his departure the same doctrine should be daily proclaimed in every place by the mouth of the pastors.” Paul’s calling was to plant churches and move on, but he and the other Apostles never truly left them behind. Instead, the Apostolic doctrine was the foundation for all subsequent ministry. May it continue to be so in our local churches. View Resource

  • En Route to Rome Devotional

    Romans 15:22–24

    As long as our intentions and plans are for godly ends, it is right and perfectly wise to look ahead and chart out an anticipated course of action. However, we must always remember that we are not in final control of our lives and that God in His providence may redirect us or keep some of our plans from coming to pass. In such cases, as in all circumstances in life, we must trust in the Lord’s wisdom and humbly submit to His will. View Resource

  • God’s Designs for Us Devotional

    Romans 15:22–32

    Sometimes God gives us a vision that He uses to spark the vision in someone else. In fact, some people in the church seem to have the “gift of vision.” They are always seeing things that need to be done, and other people catch the vision from them. What visions have you had, and how have they worked out thus far? View Resource

  • Our Debt to the Jews Devotional

    Romans 15:25–27

    As Gentile Christians, we owe a great debt to the old covenant community and the Jewish people. God chose them as the first recipients of His special revelation. He saves the world through a Messiah who is of Jewish ethnicity. Jewish Apostles wrote the vast majority of the New Testament (Luke-Acts being the exception) and preached the gospel to the Gentiles. Let us not forget that debt, and let us seek to “repay” it by supporting Christian ministry to the Jewish people. View Resource

  • In the Fullness of Christ’s Blessing Devotional

    Romans 15:28–29

    In our ministry to one another, we should eagerly desire the fullness of the blessing of Christ. We should long to see Him work through us and to receive His refreshment through the work of others. As we pray to that end and seek to work according to biblical principles, we will see this blessing. May we be in constant prayer for the fullness of the blessing of Christ, and may we endeavor to be faithful to Him in all things. View Resource

  • Paul’s Appeal for Prayer Devotional

    Romans 15:30–32

    It is easy to strive in prayer for ourselves, for we feel our sufferings and we have an experiential understanding of the urgency of our needs. We find it much harder to strive in prayer for others because we do not have this experiential connection. We are not in their shoes. That is why we should work hard to empathize with others in their needs, for as we get a stronger sense of what is necessary for them, we are better able to pray for others with all perseverance. View Resource