Words to Encourage

The final chapters of Paul’s letter change from teaching to encouragement. Make a list of the imperatives that he uses to encourage his beloved Roman Christians to grow in their commitment to Christ.  

The essence of Jewish worship was animal sacrifice.  Paul takes this concept and urges his listeners to have their bodies become a “living sacrifice.” 

Similar to his thought in 1 Corinthians 12, Paul reminds his people that their oneness in the body of Christ means that they belong to one another.  It is Paul’s way of stating a truth found in the very beginning of the Bible about Cain and Abel: you are your brother’s keeper.  Spiritual gifts special to each person are described just as Paul did in that same chapter of 1 Corinthians.

When you conclude the reading, rest … wait … write—what further words of encouragement does the Spirit speak within you. 

 Romans 1213

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