ROMANS FOR THE REGULAR GUY #2

ROMANS 1:1-17 – God has good news

As we read Romans 1:1-17, what indications are there that Paul loved the Lord and was committed to the proclamation of Good News? What should our attitude be towards the Gospel?

Paul’s Credentials – Vss. 1-5

  1. As a Person – Vs. 1
  • Bondservant or slave of Jesus Christ – Galatians 2:20
  • A Called Apostle – One sent as an official witness of the Resurrection
  • Separated unto the Gospel of God – Acts 26:17-18
    1. As a Sharer of God’s Good News – Vss. 2-5
      • Promised in the Old Testament – Vs. 2, Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19
      • Concerns His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ – Vs. 3, Luke 24:44-46
      • Declared to be God’s Son through the Resurrection – Vs. 4, Acts 2:22-36
    2. As One Commissioned to Be God’s Messenger – Vs. 5

Paul’s Audience – Vss. 6-7

  • Called of Jesus Christ – Vs. 6
  • In Rome – Vs. 7
  • Beloved of God – Vs. 7, Jeremiah 31:3
  • Called “Saints” – Vs. 7
  • Wished Grace and Peace

Paul’s Prayers – Vss. 8-10

  • Thankful for Their Testimony – Vs. 8
  • A Service to God – Vs. 9
  • Frequent – Vs. 9
  • Specific – Vs. 10, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Ephesians 1:15-23, 3:14-21

Paul’s Desire – Vss. 11-15

  • To Help the Roman Church – Vs. 12
  • To Share in Mutual Encouragement – Vs. 13, Hebrews 3:12-13, 10:24-25
  • To Be Fruitful in Rome, as He Was in Other Cities – Vs. 13
  • To Pay His Debt to Share the Gospel with the Gentiles – Vss. 14-15

Paul’s Passion or Theme – Vss. 16-17

  • Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Vs. 16
  • The Power of God for Salvation to All Who Believe – Vs. 17
  • The Just Shall Live by Faith