In verses 8-15 we learned that constant prayer is needed for the church and that faithfulness is worth celebrating. We learned that leaders and participants have gifts that are for mutual benefit and that declaring the Gospel and the Kingdom of Christ ought to be our central aim as a Church.
Then Paul declares in verse 15 that he is eager to preach the Gospel in Rome... and verses 16-17 give us some reasons why he is so passionate about preaching, sharing and teaching Gospel truth.
Romans 1:16-17 was our focus text this week. We learned that there is no reason to be ashamed of the Gospel because it is truth that will not disappoint! We learned that the Gospel is the power of salvation because an all powerful God stands behind its truth. We learn it is indeed for EVERYONE who believes. Back in vs 14 we see that the Gospel is for the Jew, the Greek, the Barbarian, the wise and even the fool. We learn that the cross reveals the holiness of God to the world... and that holiness is attained and maintained through faith in Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:16-17 give us the thesis for the book... That we must preach faith in Jesus Christ as the avenue to know God and become his holy people. I can't wait to dig into Romans 1:18-32 next week!
In preparation for next week I want to invite you to memorize some verses.
ROMANS 1:19-20 "For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse."
Did you miss this past Sunday? You should listen!