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Romans 1 - NIV

1 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.

11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—

12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.

13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,[d] that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.

14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.

15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[e] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”[f]

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,

19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.

20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools

23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.

25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.

27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,

30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;

31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.

32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.


a. Romans 1:3 Or who according to the flesh
b. Romans 1:4 Or was declared with power to be the Son of God
c. Romans 1:5 Or that is
d. Romans 1:13 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 7:1, 4; 8:12, 29; 10:1; 11:25; 12:1; 15:14, 30; 16:14, 17.
e. Romans 1:17 Hab. 2:4
f. Romans 1:17 Or is from faith to faith

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Bill Sullivan avatar
Living as Exiles - Embracing our weirdness
Shared by: Bill Sullivan on Jan, 2017
Summary: What we believe and what we practice as those who are in Christ is strange to the world. Let's embrace it
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2. Called to be Holy
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Dec, 2016
Summary: We were called to the end that we might be holy.
Gbemisola Olayinka avatar
Shared by: Gbemisola Olayinka on Nov, 2016
Summary: God wants us to live by faith everyday because he himself is a faithful God. From the beginning of his word to the end it's all about having faith in him as our God. He loves us that much he wants us to have faith in him.
Scripture: Romans 1:17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 413
Rodney Fry avatar
Paul Is Debtor
Shared by: Rodney Fry on Jun, 2014
Summary: John Gibson Lockhart, in his famous biography of Sir Walter Scott, said, “He was making himself all the time, but he didn’t know what he was until the years were past.” And such it is with every life.
Series: Paul
Scripture: Romans 1:1-16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 21
Shawn miller avatar
The God of Wrath
Shared by: Shawn miller on Oct, 2016
Summary: While it is true that we serve a God of love, we see another side of God in Romans chapter one. We are left to our own vices when we reject the love of God and live in godless idolatry. 4 characteristics of a godless man
Michael Stark avatar
A Reason to be Thankful
Shared by: Michael Stark on Oct, 2016
Summary: Writing the Romans, Paul speaks of his gratitude for them, giving some surprising reasons for being thankful.
Scripture: Romans 1:8-15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 374
Shared by: NNAEMEKA DURUEKE on Aug, 2016
Scripture: Romans 1:6-7
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 112
Darian Catron avatar
Is seeing believing or is believing seeing?
Shared by: Darian Catron on Aug, 2016
Summary: Christianity is the Good News that we can be saved, not by trying harder and depending on ourselves or our own promises, but in trusting God's power to save through the cross and the blood and the resurrection.
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So Our World Can Experience Good News
Shared by: Rick Burdette on Aug, 2016
Summary: Boldness, Impact, Good News, Everyone
Series: One Church
Scripture: Romans 1:16-17
Views: 347
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Life's Short Stay Awake (The Parable of the Serving Master)
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Aug, 2016
Summary: The translation we heard states that the servants are waiting for the master a better translation describes servants who are expecting the master.Waiting is passive, much like waiting for a bus or a cab. Expecting denotes excitement, energy, enthusiasm.
Joel Smith avatar
Attack of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: The Rationality of Biblical Theism
Shared by: Joel Smith on Aug, 2016
Summary: Learn how to respond if anyone says, "Your faith is as irrational as believing in a Flying Spaghetti Monster."
Scripture: Romans 1:18-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 126
Ken McKinley avatar
Given Over or Getting In?
Shared by: Ken McKinley on May, 2016
Summary: In this sermon we look at the recent decision to allow transgendered people access to the bathrooms of their choosing, and how God's Word addresses this and other issues of our time and culture.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Romans 1:18-32
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,715
Dennis Lee avatar
Becoming A Difference Maker
Shared by: Dennis Lee on May, 2016
Summary: This sermon looks at how we can make a positive difference in our communities for Christ. We look at things that we can do 1) Change our thinking (Confession and Repentance). 2) Meet the needs of others, and 3) Share the Gospel message.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Romans 1:16
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 460
Billy  Ricks avatar
Hope Dies
Shared by: Billy Ricks on Apr, 2016
Summary: Hopelessness comes from misunderstanding the cross. There is no beauty in the cross to the carnal man. Once conviction of sin and confession of Jesus as Lord happens there is hope.
Series: Hope Rising
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Our Message for Outreach
Shared by: Mike Dankson on Apr, 2016
Summary: This sermon is intended to encourage church people to share their faith/story with others
Scripture: Romans 1:16-17
Denomination: *other
Views: 203
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#7 Is Homosexuality a Sin?
Shared by: Ronald Thorington on Mar, 2016
Summary: This sermon describes God’s plan and design for sex. This sermon take a close look at how does the Bible describes homosexuality? Man’s terminology or God’s terminology. Terms the Bible uses to describe homosexuality, exposing the Lies about Homosexuali
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Truth Resuscitated
Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Mar, 2016
Summary: A foundational message for this series, to establish the essential nature of truth
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Playing for the Right Team
Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Mar, 2016
Summary: Worship in spirit and in truth is always directed to God above everything else. I want for my audience to understand how worship tends to get misdirected, and why that is such a grievous error; to know what worship directed toward God truly is
Rick Thiessen avatar
Fingerprints of God
Shared by: Rick Thiessen on Mar, 2016
Summary: This week we explore the reasons to believe in a God like the Theistic religions believe in, all powerful, eternal, omnipresent, and personal.
Scripture: Romans 1:18-20
Views: 274
Troy Campbell avatar
The Choice is Yours
Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Parable of the Sower
Scripture: Romans 1:16-17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 149
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What is Your Calling? (Part 12)
Shared by: Ajai Prakash on Mar, 2016
Summary: Knowing the general call of a believer, we must also focus on our specific calling. Spending much time in prayer, worship and meditation on God’s Word, will make it clearer. Let the body of Christ assist you in that call and help position you ...
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Romans 1:1-7
Views: 655
Troy Campbell avatar
The Miracle Working Word
Shared by: Troy Campbell on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Parable of the Sower
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,395
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Love: The Four Types of Love
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Feb, 2016
Summary: Of the four types of love, only one can be chosen -- Agape. God did this intentionally because Agape is the most powerful, and echoes the love He has for us.
Series: The L Word
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“Prayer and the Transformed Life!”
Shared by: Gerry Cheney on Dec, 2015
Summary: Prayer is essential to our own personal transformation. For change to happen, we need three components: 1) confession and repentance 2) contentment 3) giving and receiving forgiveness
Scripture: Romans 1:16
Denomination: Vineyard
Views: 581
Larry Turner avatar
Our Obligation
Shared by: Larry Turner on Dec, 2015
Summary: Paul made it clear in the Book of Romans that we have certain obligations.
Craig Condon avatar
Obey God, or Accept the Consequences
Shared by: Craig Condon on Dec, 2015
Summary: We can’t let fear or ignorance keep us from giving the lost people a message that can change their eternal destiny. The apostle Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel because through it God’s power is released to save humanity.
Dr.W.Samuel Legon avatar
Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Oct, 2015
Summary: salvations plan for all man kind now today.
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Paul's Annoucement to Rome
Shared by: Ron Freeman, Evangelist on Oct, 2015
Summary: To set forth to all, that Paul's announcement to Rome should be ours also; delivered with the same intensity, sincerity and sensitivity to all who would hear us.