Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Let's hang out!

I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong . . . that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.  That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.  For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:11-17)

Paul's desire to visit Rome, to visit with anyone for that matter, was to share the GOOD NEWS. His desire was that all people groups would be saved, as is God's desire (1 Timothy 2:4). He not only wanted to encourage those in Rome, but he too would be encouraged by them.

Sharing the Gospel is mutually encouraging. Not only leading someone to Christ for the first time, but simply speaking to one another about God and our experiences with Him. It's called FELLOWSHIP! (1 John 1:7)

Do not neglect those who need to hear about Jesus. In the same way, do not neglect those already in the faith. We need one another! (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Let's hang out . . .

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