The Example of Christ
Follow the example Jesus laid our for us. If you are strong, help the weak. Be good and encouraging to your neighbors.
This is good stuff. I know there are many Christians who focus on these parts of the bible. I don't really have much to say about it. Cheers!
Christ is the Hope of Jews and Gentiles
Anyone can follow Jesus and be saved.
Good recruiting call I suppose.
Paul the Minister to the Gentiles
Paul's goal is to minister to the gentiles and he will only speak what has been told to him through Christ. He will say what Christ wants him to that will bring gentiles to obedience. He won't necessarily build on the foundation of others, but instead he will work from the ground up for this group of people.
This is basically the problem isn't it? You tell different stories to different people, it works until you put all of the stories together. It makes me think of politicians. Before national news and the internet, they could get away with saying contradictory things all over the place. Now those things get pointed out (although no one seems to care much, so they still get away with it I guess)
Paul's Plan to Visit Rome
Paul has done all the work he can in those regions so he is coming home. He talks about some poor saints who should be doing better now, for if the gentiles are being converted they are giving the saints money.
I don't really think this was the driving force behind what Paul has done with the gentiles, but it is sure easy to read it that way. And it also seems clear that this idea was in his mind while he was doing it. Follow God and give us some money.