“I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also just as among the rest of the Gentiles” (Romans 1:13).

In an unceasing spirit of diligent prayer (vs.8-10), Paul is making preparation to visit the church in Rome with the full expectation that God is going to work, through their lives together, for the accomplishment of a greater work than they could ever imagine. It is an anticipation I have carried to the pulpit for over 33 years as a pastor, and is one we should all have when going to church; that when God’s people gather for worship, and the gospel is proclaimed, kingdom fruit will be borne out in both tangible and unimaginable ways.

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