For January 4th, 2017

For January 4th, 2017

First: Read Romans 1:1-15

Second: Watch this Video 

Video for Wednesday, January 4th from Whitney Lane on Vimeo.

Third: Join this blog discussion at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 4th!


35 comments (Add your own)

1. Bill Marquette wrote:
I want to welcome everyone to our first class. Please view the video, complete the scripture reading and then enter your comments. I look forward to hearing from each of you.
Bill Marquette

Mon, January 2, 2017 @ 10:50 PM

2. Bill Marquette wrote:
In the video I said we would be starting at 7pm, however, we will start at 6:30pm each Wednesday evening and continue until the conversation ends.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 5:58 PM

3. Kelli Bratton wrote:
Present!

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:28 PM

4. Bill Marquette wrote:
I would like to thank those of you who are participating in our first Wednesday evening online Bible study. I am anxious to hear your comments regarding this weeks reading, the video, or any other topic you wish to discuss. Also I welcome any comments regarding the format of the class. If you have feedback on the subject of the class itself, that is welcomed as well.
If you don't have a comment but are participating please send a message just to let us know you are a part of the class.
Thank's to all!
At this time I now welcome all comments.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:29 PM

5. Bill Marquette wrote:
Kelli
Good to have you on board.
Was there anything in the video or reading that stood our in your mind?

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

6. Kelli Bratton wrote:
Just observing for the moment. Wrapping up watching the video

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:34 PM

7. Sandy Littleton wrote:
I have read Romans before, but the verse that jumped out to me tonight was verse 12. I think it is easy to forget how important we Christians are to each other when we are out in the world every day and the things we are exposed to unintentionally. Being around each other, really does give us a much needed boost.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:37 PM

8. Bill Marquette wrote:
Do you think the main purpose of Paul writing the letter of Romans is covered in the first half of chapter one?

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:37 PM

9. Bill Marquette wrote:
Sandy,
That is one of the main points I took away as well. Paul was trying his hardest to encourage the Christians in Rome, but was also looking forward to receiving the encouragement from them as well. Isn't being a Christina so wonderful?

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:39 PM

10. Kelli Bratton wrote:
I would venture that vs. 16 & 17 are more the "theme" of the book, and that vs. 1-15 lay the foundation for the validity of the faith he (and they) are professing. He likely has multiple purposes for writing this particular letter.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:42 PM

11. Bill Marquette wrote:
We should never underestimate the value of encouraging and being encouraged. There are many Christians who will never know how important they were in my life. I have also had people come up to me and tell me that I was an encouragement to them, and I would have never know if they hadn't told me.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:42 PM

12. Kelli Bratton wrote:
vs. 1-7 seem to be laying a foundation for why Christ is to be believed and where unity is found, which seems to transition on the relational benefits of having Christian brothers/sisters.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:44 PM

13. Kelli Bratton wrote:
I had never thought about Paul needing the encouragement. In the smallest of ways it reminds me of when you come back from a mission trip and feel so encouraged by ministering to and with other Christians and seekers. You're inspired to be better and do better b/c of their faith.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:46 PM

14. Bill Marquette wrote:
Kelli,
Vs. 16 and 17, which we will look into deeper next week, do a great job of summing up Pauls points, as he attempts to bring comfort to the Christians in Rome. And yes, the multi layered dimensions of Romans are timeless and apply to all Christians.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:48 PM

15. Kelli Bratton wrote:
Sorry for jumping ahead :)

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:48 PM

16. Bill Marquette wrote:
Kelli,

Thats a great point regarding vs. 1-7. And next week we will be getting into the conclusion to that point. That being God's wrath poured out from Heaven as well as the Grace of God which is as well, poured out from Heaven.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:51 PM

17. Kelli Bratton wrote:
How often had Paul travelled to Rome? How did he get his start with the believers there?

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:52 PM

18. Bill Marquette wrote:
Kelli,
Jump around as much as you like! that's one of the great things about having an online class. There is time to let your thoughts take you wherever you want to go.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:52 PM

19. Bill Marquette wrote:
Kelli,
That is a great question as well. We have no historical evidence that Paul had ever traveled to Rome previously, to my knowledge, although he was a Roman citizen from the region to the North-West of Jerusalem. He may have traveled there before or it could have been by word of mouth. Remember Vs. 8.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

20. Sandy Littleton wrote:
Another subject, and maybe a stretch in regards to v. 14-15, Paul says he is "obligated" to the foolish. I come into contact with so many "foolish" people in my job in the medical field, I sometimes wonder how people make it in this world with even the simplest of things and religion seems the remotest thing from them. I would love for Paul to come and preach to them!

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

21. Kelli Bratton wrote:
Then theta would seem to speak to his love and passion for these Christians without having met them. It's easy to love your own "church family" - the people we interact with and live with. I don't always think of Christianity in the global context as having fellow family members all over the world. Paul's global perspective is a lesson for us today as the dialogue begins to shift toward a more nationalistic view. Although the Romans are Paul's "people", his love for them is not based on their geography, but on his understanding of Christ's love and grace. It's an example for us that our geographical boundaries as Christians are not to a church, city, county, state or nation - but to the global body of Christ.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:01 PM

22. Bill Marquette wrote:
Has anyone else ever heard that Romans is a hard book to understand?

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:02 PM

23. Kelli Bratton wrote:
Ha! It is a challenge to be persistent with the foolish when transformation seems next to impossible!

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:03 PM

24. Kelli Bratton wrote:
Doesn't Paul refer to himself as a "fool for Christ" at some point in his writing. It's a word he seems to like to use.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

25. Kelli Bratton wrote:
I've heard that idea before. Maybe that's why I never took it while at Lipscomb :)

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

26. Bill Marquette wrote:
Anyone who rejects God, and ignores His creation is a spiritual fool. I am assuming that is who Paul is referring to, in contexts to what he is getting ready to talk about, all though I'm not sure.

Expanding our love is always a good thing to do as Christians. It is easy to limit our outpouring of love to those we know. Paul sets a great example for us. Love is a unique commodity. The more you spend the more you have. And if you spend your love freely you will never run out.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:08 PM

27. Kelli Bratton wrote:
Maybe it is a challenge b/c it contains Old Testament references with which we are familiar, but not in the way that the original readers would have been.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:08 PM

28. Bill Marquette wrote:
What do you think of the concept that some times Romans appears to be hard to understand because it disagrees with our established beliefs?

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:13 PM

29. Bill Marquette wrote:
Sandy and Kelli,
Before we break away for the evening please give me some feedback about the format of the online class. What do you think about the video. Should we just have a scripture reading each week or is the video worth while?

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:17 PM

30. Kelli Bratton wrote:
I hadn't thought about Romans being universally offensive, so I'm curious to continue reading to see what offends me :) There's something to be said, though, for not understanding something because we don't want to understand it.

On Wednesday nights I will likely be observing a class at the Tennessee Prison for Women, so I won't be able to participate as often as I would like.

I really liked the video b/c it gave and overview and some food for thought to begin the discussion. I would recommend continuing them if it isn't too burdensome.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:21 PM

31. Bill Marquette wrote:
Kelli and Sandy,
The comments are slowing down so this is probably a good time to end our class for the evening. I want to thank you both for being a part of our first online Bible study. Next week I will be in Myanmar, but will get up at 6:30am Thursday morning to join you on the online blog at 6:30pm Wednesday evening. Please pray for our safe trip and I hope to talk with you next Wednesday evening from Myanmar.

In Him,

Bill Marquette

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:22 PM

32. Kelli Bratton wrote:
Safe travels, Bill! Thank you for your commitment to the potential work in Myanmar. You will finally be able to meet in person the man you've been communicating with for so long - Paul's dream deferred that you will be able to fulfill. We pray for wisdom and discernment and God's guidance in this next step of assessment. Can't wait to see and hear all about the trip!

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:24 PM

33. Bill Marquette wrote:
Kelly,
God bless you in your work in the Prison. I have done a very little work in prisons and it is a hard work indeed. I admire you for your efforts. I hope you will join us when you can.

In Him,

Bill M.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:25 PM

34. Bill Marquette wrote:
I am now signing off for the evening. May God bless the reading and study of his Holy Word.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 7:27 PM

35. Bill Marquette wrote:
Next Wednesday the 11th we will finish our study of Romans Chapter one. Please watch the second video and read the rest of the chapter. I will see you Wednesday at 6:30, Lord willing, from Myanmar.

Wed, January 4, 2017 @ 10:54 PM

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