Boasting about ourselves is wrong. It is one of the expressions of worldly passion and does not come from the Father (1 John 2:15-17).
The Apostle Paul had wanted to go to Rome for a long time. It was the centre of the Roman Empire and the international hub of communications.
There is nothing wrong with planning, as long as we plan to please God and are willing to change our plans to fit in with His (James 4:13-15).
The gospel started in God's heart of love. It was His love and compassion that planned salvation and has enabled us to hear how we may be saved - by putting our trust in Jesus Christ.
Paul's travel plans were made because of his call from God to preach the gospel, and the inner impulse of his godly ambitions.
Living for Jesus and serving Him is an adventure; we never know what will happen next!
Paul knew that his visit to Jerusalem would be dangerous. The unbelieving Jews were certainly a threat, and those who trusted in Christ needed great encouragement.
Although the Apostle Paul anticipated that there would be trouble ahead, he was also confident that God would be with him and with the Christians in Rome.
People are important! As Paul completed his letter about doctrine (teaching from God), he commended a wide variety of people who had already put the teaching into practice.
Priscilla and Aquila were willing to be on the move for the sake of the gospel. Aquila was from Pontus in what is now Western Turkey.
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