Scripture: Acts 20:1-3; Romans 1-3. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
While Paul was in Greece, he spent much of his time in Corinth. It was there that he wrote a letter to the Romans in order to introduce himself and to also make a clear statement of the Christian faith. Paul also portrayed to the Romans the sinful nature of all people and explained how forgiveness is available through faith in Jesus. Follow along as we read Acts 20:1-3 and Romans 1-3, as Paul begins his message to the Romans, speaking about the sinfulness of humanity, God’s wrath against mankind and His righteous judgment, the Jews and the law, God’s faithfulness, and forgiveness of sin through Jesus!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Paul called himself a servant of Jesus and was completely dependent and obedient to him. When we are willing to serve and obey our Heavenly Father, it enables us to be useful and usable servants for Him. God wants us to share the Good News with everyone around us; there are still so many people who need to hear about God’s gift of salvation. He also wants us to be an example to others of the changed life that He has started in us. God wants us to talk with Him. When we sincerely pray, He will answer us. However, it is in His timing that He answers us and sometimes in ways that we do not expect. God wants us to make Him our first priority in life, devoting time to Him daily. Satan is always waiting to tempt us, and we must flee from evil desires and temptations in our lives. We have all failed at different times in life and have participated in activities that God does not approve of; however, God does forgive. We all stand guilty before God, as Paul pointed out. He is waiting for us to ask for forgiveness and turn back to Him, leaving our sinful activities behind and trusting in Him for His strength. Also, God alone can judge; we are not to judge others, for we may find that we are committing similar sins as other people who we attempt to judge. We must thank God continually for His beautiful gift of salvation by sending His son Jesus to die for us.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of Acts and Romans, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.