These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Romans 15:14—16:27: Brothers and Sisters in Christ

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Romans.

In Christ we have a bond that is stronger than flesh and blood. We are now and will always be brothers and sisters in Christ, members of God's family. This passage introduces us to some of our first-century relatives. As you read about them, notice the care they had for each other.

Warming Up to God

What images come to mind when you think of the first-century church?

Read Romans 15:14-16:27

Discovering the Word

  • What do we learn about Paul's apostolic ministry from 15:22?
  • What are Paul's immediate and future plans (15:23-33)?
  • What does 15:23-33 teach us about relationships among first-century Christians?
  • Use your imagination. From what we know about Paul and the Romans, how might the people in verses 1-16 have "risked their lives," "worked very hard" and "been a great help" to Paul and others?
  • How do the final words of this letter summarize the scope of our salvation from beginning to end (vv. 25-27)?

Applying the Word

  • In what ways can we share material blessings with other Christians?
  • What can you do to strengthen relationships in your spiritual family?
  • In what practical ways might we imitate the example of those Paul describes in 16:1-16?

Responding in Prayer

Pray for your church and the needs of specific people you know.

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