Have you ever received a particularly meaningful letter? What was it about the letter that made it so meaningful? (If it was a letter from a previous boyfriend or girlfriend maybe just leave that one out and think about a different one:)
What have you learned about Paul since going through Romans that you didn’t notice or know before? How would you describe this author who’s letter we have been going through for the last few months?
In verse 16, Paul talks about the Gentiles bringing an offering that may be acceptable. Paul describes himself as being in their priestly service. Thinking back to the sermon from Sunday, what kind of an offering were they giving and why is that significant? (This is referring to the two basic types of Old Testament offerings; sin offerings and thanksgiving offerings.)
How does that understanding of “thanksgiving offerings” bring clarity to Romans 12:1 where we are told to be “living sacrifices”?
In verse 18, Paul mentions that he brought the Gentiles to obedience through his word and deed. How does that bring clarity to how we are called to live missional lives?
What does Paul ask them to pray for him in verse 30-33?
How could you pray for one another in your missional living this week?