To Bring about the Obedience of Faith, Romans 16:1-27

May 14, 2015 | no responses

How does Saint Paul, as apostle and missionary bishop, warn the Christians in Rome (where he has never visited) to only follow teachers who proclaim “the doctrine which you have been taught” and to avoid those “in opposition to” this apostolic tradition? This needs tender care because, though he knows personally faithful leaders in Rome, […]

Romans 15 & 16

May 6, 2015 | no responses

As St Paul closes his letter to the Christians at Rome, he first tells them of his desire to finally come an see them. However, he first has another task: to take the alms collected from several churches to help the struggling Christians in Jerusalem. In this we hear our call own call to comfort […]

Chain Reference Bible Study & Paul’s Reasons For Writing, Romans 15:14-33

April 29, 2015 | no responses

In this section, St Paul moves on from deeper theological and ethical teachings to discuss why he has written so boldly to the Roman Christians, why he has not visited them, but why now he plans to do so. In these verses, we hear allusions to the power of the mysteries, or the sacraments as […]

Being a faithful follower of Christ means being a faithful member of the Family of God, Romans 14:22-15:13

April 22, 2015 | no responses

Given the challenging call of Christ “to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect” and St. Paul’s call for us to not be conformed to the world but to be transformed, there can be a temptation to become self focused on our individual salvation. However, being a faithful follower of Christ has always meant […]

Good Example or Scandal, Romans 14

April 15, 2015 | no responses

Again, following St Paul’s instructions to transform our thinking (Rom 12:1,2), this requires examining our lifestyles down to most simple habits of eating and drinking. The truth is, in many ways our Christian Faith frees us up from the scrupulous and over-zealous legalism of many well-meaning religious people. Many build their faith upon life-constricting regulations […]

The Christian and the Governing Authorities, Romans 13:1-14 Continued

April 10, 2015 | no responses

In Romans 12:1,2, St Paul calls Christians to continue their conversion by transforming their minds—and not conforming to the world, or the culture around them. In chapter 14 we see that this involves trusting that God is in control of our Country, our government, and its leaders, to whom we are to submit. But what […]

Paul’s Suggestions or Crucial Criteria for Salvation, Romans 13:1-14

April 2, 2015 | no responses

Today’s email points to the need the Church to instruct us on the seriousness of scriptural exhortation like those of St. Paul, including those we will discuss today from Roman’s 13. All of this relates to salvation, and to verse 13:14: “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, […]

Question About the “Invisible Church” and Romans 12:9-21

March 25, 2015 | one response

Email: Mr. Grodi, I have heard you quip many times & in your books that when Scripture says (1 Tim 3:15) that the pillar and bulwark of the truth is the Church, Jesus could not have meant the thousands of denominations divided by contrary interpretations of Scripture we now have in our world, for how could […]

“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed”, Romans 12:1-8

March 11, 2015 | no responses

Some key points in today’s passage: (vs. 1) The idea of “sacrifice” is still very much an important aspect of our Christian faith; (vs. 1) Our entire person—body and soul—is our personal share in the daily sacrifice of the Body of Christ; “what we do in the body” daily, as St. Paul say elsewhere, is […]

Emails on the Justice of God and “Be Transformed,” Romans 12:1-2

March 5, 2015 | no responses

Some key points in today’s passage: The idea of “sacrifice” is still very much an important aspect of our Christian faith; Our entire person—body and soul—is our personal share in the daily sacrifice of the Body of Christ; “what we do in the body” daily, as St. Paul say elsewhere, is how we “suffer with […]

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