Romans 15:20-29 NASB
20 And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; 21 but as it is written,
“They who had no news of Him shall see,
And they who have not heard shall understand.”
22 For this reason I have often been prevented from coming to you; 23 but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you 24 whenever I go to Spain—for I hope to see you in passing, and to be helped on my way there by you, when I have first enjoyed your company for a while— 25 but now, I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints.26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 27 Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have finished this, and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of you to Spain. 29 I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.
- Aspirations (v. 20-21)
- Pride (v. 22-25)
- Antagonism (v. 26-29)
- Why was Paul prevented from coming to Rome? (v. 22) Where was his focus and attention? Where is ours typically, and what problems does this cause in advancing the Gospel?
- What are some “good things” in your life that crowd out the “better things” that He has for you?
- How do you know what the will of God is for you? Does it seem unknowable or confusing? Why?