Our college group is spending a summer with Paul. We are reading all his letters, a chapter a day, beginning with Romans and ending in Philemon. Today was our last day in Romans. Before I leave this marvelous piece of writing I jotted down some questions and thoughts.
Do you have Gospel friends?
In Romans 16 we read a whole list of names Paul recommends, who have helped him. Christianity is meant to be lived in a community of believers who build each other up in the faith. Do you have friends who build you up? Are you part of a church? Do you have friends who will warn you when your slipping and keep you on track?
Do you have Gospel goals?
In Romans 15 Paul writes of his goal to share Christ in Spain when he leaves Rome. Do you have Gospel goals? Goals to grow in the Gospel? Goals to serve? Goals to share Christ with a person or people groups?
One Last Thing
One last thing, there is name that comes up in Romans 16 which is very interesting.
“Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well.” Romans 16:13
In first passing there is nothing which sticks out, but…
If you flip your Bible to Mark 15:21 we read this,
“And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.”Mark 15:21
This is the story of Christ being crucified, when Christ was struggling to carry the cross, out of no where Simon of Cyrene is chosen to carry the cross for him. Simon was with his two sons Alexander and Rufus. Church history believes the Rufus Paul is talking about is this Rufus, son of Simon of Cyrene. Rufus, “chosen in the Lord.”
Until Next Time
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. – Romans 16:20