Welcome to Fall. I am starting a new study of the book of Romans. In all of scripture, I find the book of Romans stocked full of more hope, comfort, truth and direction than about any of Paul’s letters. Many have called Roman’s Paul’s most comprehensive statement of faith. In the days ahead, I hope to give a beautiful picture of the Lord we serve.
Paul saw Rome as a key to the spread of the Gospel. This book was written early in the reign of Nero, and many were hopeful that the Roman world was at its height, and that all roads would truly lead there. As such, the Gospel could be spread worldwide, and the church would finally reach all peoples with the truth about who God is and how much He loves us. Paul also hoped could explain the sacrifice God was willing to make to restore His relationship with man.
As we study this book, each chapter reminds us of some amazing principles. Watch close, memorize when you can. There is nothing in this book that Paul had not poured over to assure He was truly speaking the truth in love.
God Bless You
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.