Week Eight -- February 20- February 26
24 And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, 25 not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Overview - Fellowship: A Personal Reflection
How do you want to be remembered? Reflect on that question for just a moment. Imagine that you have passed away and are able to be a heavenly spectator at your own funeral. More importantly, what would people from church, work, and your neighborhood say about you?
If you were honest, you would more than likely answer that you wish that you had loved people with God’s love. Romans 12:9-21 is a practical “how-to” guide on God-like love. In this passage Paul demonstrates that love is an action not an emotion. Consequently, you can love the unlovely, unlovable, your enemy or those who persecute you.
Paul’s thesis is simple: Love without action is not love. This text calls for biblical displays of love: love without limits. This week take a personal inventory of your life and whether you are truly living out Christ’s love to those around you.
Read Romans 12:9-21
What do you learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)? How is He described?
What do you learn about man? How do people act or respond in the passage?
In a sentence or two summarize what you have learned from this passage.
Where are you in the story? Ask yourself these questions: Is there an example to follow, sin to avoid, command to obey or promise to claim?
How does this passage help you pray and live in obedience today?
Read Romans 12:9-21
What kind of hypocrisy might be shown in loving church relationships? To what acquaintance, friend, or enemy, do I need to show more love?
How can I be more devoted to my brothers and sisters in Christ? How might I “pursue hospitality” and look actively for opportunities to meet those in need in my church?
Who is my enemy? How can I help bring healing to a relationship with my enemy? By what specific action this week can I demonstrate love to one who is my enemy?
The day of the Lord will come like a thief. Let us keep awake. Honor those who lead you and do not quench the Spirit. Paul encourages us to have concern for one another, rejoice always, to pray without ceasing, and give thanks in everything.
Read James 5:13-20
What place or power does prayer have in our lives? What happens when a Christian wanders from the truth? James promotes integrity and emphasizes building one another up through prayer. Prayer has a profound effect on a community of believers.
Read Romans 14:1-23
Because of the diverse backgrounds of the Jews and Gentiles, many problems arose that threatened the unity of the body of Christ. A number of principles are uncovered in this chapter that would help calm this potentially explosive situation. Consider some of the examples in this chapter and how these apply to your life.