Topic: Scripture Study Passage: Romans 1:1–1:17
“Paul, a servant,”
“Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.” 2 Corinthians 11:24-28
“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you…” vss 8-10
“…set apart for the gospel of God.” “So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’”
I. The Gospel is News, and it is Good News!
The gospel is not something to do. It is something that does you.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’” In those days, during or at the end of a battle someone would run a report back and you could tell by how the herald or runner was running if it would be a good report or bad report. As Christians, we have a good report, good news of something that has happened in our battle against sin and for righteousness, and it is a message, not about us, but for us, and it is, “Our God reigns”. Isaiah 52:7
“For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith (or beginning and ending with faith).”
II. The Gospel enslaves!
“Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” This phrase, “obedience of faith,” coupled with verse 17, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith (starting with faith and ending in faith),as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” 4b-6
The purpose of Romans is to drive us toward radically obedient lives by giving us a deep understanding of what God has done, is doing, and will do that we might live by solid, bold faith in light of this good news.
III. The Gospel propels us into mission!
“I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles.” 13
“I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians,both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.” vss 14-15