Biblical Principles for Making Invitations

Text: Romans 15:23-32

23 But now I have finished my work in these regions, and after all these long years of waiting, I am eager to visit you. 24 I am planning to go to Spain, and when I do, I will stop off in Rome. And after I have enjoyed your fellowship for a little while, you can provide for my journey. 25 But before I come, I must go to Jerusalem to take a gift to the believers there.  26 For you see, the believers in Macedonia and Achaia have eagerly taken up an offering for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem.

 27 They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially. 28 As soon as I have delivered this money and completed this good deed of theirs, I will come to see you on my way to Spain. 29 And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together.

30 Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit. 31 Pray that I will be rescued from those in Judea who refuse to obey God. Pray also that the believers there will be willing to accept the donation[c] I am taking to Jerusalem. 32 Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other.

Many theologians agree that Paul’s letter to the church in Rome was part fundraising letter. This passage contains key principles that can be applied to making invitations. As you read the passage, look the following principles:

  • Rooted in Relationships
  • Focus on Mission
  • Strategic in Invitation

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Bible Project Videos

Scholars who view Romans as a Fundraising Letter

  • Bird, M. F. (2012). “The theology of the apostle Paul”. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • Borg, M. J. (1994). Meeting Jesus again for the first time: The historical Jesus and the heart of contemporary faith. HarperOne.
  • Ehrman, B. D. (2019). “Paul: A very short introduction” (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.
  • Wink, W. (1999). “The Powers That Be: Theology for a new millennium”. Three Rivers Press.
  • Sanders, E.P (2017) “Paul and Palestinian Judaism: A Comparison of Patterns of Religion”. Fortress Press