Contributed on Jun 14, 2020
Paul had never been there before but knew several people and wanted to share the good news.
Romans 1:1 “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures.” Paul is writing to the Roman church and his purpose in writing is both to introduce himself and also, to teach them some ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2020
The three fold call of every believer
Turn in your Bibles to Romans 1:7 and while you’re doing that I’ll tell you a story. A group of 30-year-old friends got together for a reunion and were discussing where they should go for dinner. Somebody suggested that they meet at the Glowing Embers Restaurant because the wait staff there is ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2020
His desire was to encourage people he had never met before.
A kindergarten teacher gave her class a "show and tell" assignment of bringing something to represent their religion. The first boy got in front of the class and said, "My name is Benjamin and I am Jewish and this is the Star of David." The second one was a girl and when she ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2020
Paul held nothing back when it came to living for and witnessing for Jesus.
A radical preacher Romans 1:13-17 13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks ...read more
Contributed on Jul 5, 2020
God's judgement is sure but His forgiveness is just as sure.
The price of sin is more sin Romans 1:18-32 “18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has ...read more
Contributed on Jul 14, 2020
Paul is addressing the Jews in chapter two but he's addressing all of us.
Excuses are like elbows, everyone’s got two Romans 2:1-11 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 21, 2020
How are we believers to relate to the law today?
What to do about the law? Romans 2:12-16 11“For there is no partiality with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are ...read more
Contributed on Jul 29, 2020
Paul explains that salvation is not the result of works.
The fight over circumcision Romans 2:25-29 In 1995, a man by the name of McArthur Wheeler walked into two Pittsburgh banks and robbed them in broad daylight and made no visible attempt at disguising himself. He was arrested later that night, less than an hour ...read more
Contributed on Aug 8, 2020
Paul is progressing in his description of the sin of both Jews and Gentiles
The nature of sin Romans 3:1-18 An old man got his wallet stolen while on a bus. When he realized, he started warning everyone: "Whoever stole my wallet better give it back or I’m warning you that what happened in 1983 is going to be ...read more
Contributed on Aug 22, 2020
Paul is pushing us all up against what we believe and how we live.
There’s the right way and the other way Romans 3:19-31 This story was told by Napoleon to spark patriotism among his men. Once, while visiting a province he came upon an old soldier in full uniform who had one sleeve hanging empty and he proudly wore the ...read more
Contributed on Sep 15, 2020
Paul draws on the two men most Jews would look to as examples of their faith.
The testimony of two giants Romans 3:27-4:8 There were three children bragging about their fathers: the first one said, “My dad’s so smart he can talk for one hour on any subject.” The second one said, “My dad’s so smart he can talk for two hours on any subject.” ...read more
Contributed on Sep 28, 2020
Paul is hammering home the fact that salvation is not of works but by belief.
Saved by faith or lost in unbelief? Romans 4:9-25 There were three guys discussing their obituaries and one asked, “What would you like people to say at your funeral?” One of his friends thought for minute and said, "I’d like them to say ‘He ...read more
Contributed on Nov 12, 2020
Sometimes life doesn't make sense but God has a reason and purpose for everything.
The purpose of the daily grind Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And ...read more