Rome A.D. 56 was the seat of one of the greatest empires the world has ever known. Its mighty emperors ruled in lavish dominion over the cosmopolitan center of one million inhabitants. Roman law and Roman forms of worship ruled supreme, demanding that attention and respect in the hearts of its men and women. Within this environment, a tiny sect known as Christians flourished.
To these believers, Paul wrote the longest of his New Testament letters, introducing himself in advance of his upcoming visit. The book of Romans presents a beautifully detailed doctrinal statement of Christianity.
Paul presents the need for all people to realize where they stand with God–a standard which falls short of God’s design and plan for their lives. However, by an act of God’s grace and faith they are restored to their rightful relationship with God. Because of the confidence of forgiveness, all believers can present their talents, gifts, and abilities–whatever they are–as an act of worship to God.
Paul encourages his readers to realize that God is always in control. He also comforts them with the knowledge that nothing can separate them from the love of God. This was especially appropriate for the Roman church, for they were to face much persecution from both their Roman overlords and the Jews who lived in Rome and yet, nothing could separate them from the love of God. The church in Rome grew to be a great center of faith.
Paul gave great words of faith which are as alive and vital today as they were to the first Christians who read them nearly two thousand years ago. The knowledge of God’s grace and forgiveness frees us not only from sin, but from anxiety, guilt, depression, and a negative self-image. The stresses of life flow out and salvation flows in.
The book of Romans is the most important letter that you will ever read. It is Paul’s masterpiece, the clearest and fullest explanation of the gospel in the Bible. Enjoy your studies as you read what Paul has to say about this life and our future with Christ.
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Romans Vol. 1 – Gospel & The Law
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Click on the lessons below:
- Lesson 1: Paul’s Motivation
- Lesson 2: The Wrath of God
- Lesson 3: The Judgment of God
- Lesson 4: The Final Verdict
- Lesson 5: Being Right with God
- Lesson 6: Abraham and the power of Faith
- Lesson 7: Rejoicing in the Lord
- Lesson 8: Dying to Live with Christ
- Lesson 9: New Life, New Lifestyle
- Lesson 10: Our Inner Conflict with Sin
- Lesson 11: The Spirit and the Flesh
- Lesson 12: Glorious Conquerors
- Lesson 13: Review Summary – Chapters 1-9
- Lesson 14: The Potter and His Clay
- Lesson 15: Misguided Zeal
- Lesson 16: Future of Israel
- Lesson 17: Israel’s Restoration
- Lesson 18: Living Sacrifices
- Lesson 19: Fellowship and Love
- Lesson 20: Submitting to Government
- Lesson 21: Self-Righteousness
- Lesson 22: To Eat or Not to Eat
- Lesson 23: Unity, Hope, and Praise
- Lesson 24: Paul’s Ministry
- Lesson 25: Brothers and Sisters in Christ
- Lesson 26: Review Summary – Chapters 9-16