“No REASONABLE PERSON would dispute that the book of Romans is one of the most powerful and influential books ever written. The epistle of Paul to the Romans has been the written force behind some of the most significant conversions of church History” as commentator Kent Hughes has wrote.
One of these men was Martin Luther who wrote:
“This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul.”
These are some powerful words, not only from a man who sparked the Protestant Reformation but also from a modern-day pastor and theologian. The book of Romans was written systematically to provide the body of Christ with sound doctrine, and is one of the most quoted books of the new testament.
Written around 57 A.D. by the apostle Paul, the Church in Rome was located in one of the most prominent cities of the Roman Empire, with a population of over 1 million. We do not who established the church and unfortunately was never visited by Saint Paul. But we know that the church was diverse with both Jews and Gentiles and that is why in the letter both groups were addressed concerning their need for salvation through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
If you have never read Romans, day is the day to start reading through it.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.”
- Greeting and Intro 1:1-15
- Theme 1:16-17
- Condemnation: the need 1:18-3:20
- Justification: the provision 3:21-5:21
- Sanctification: the demonstration 6:1-8:39
- Restoration: Reception 9:1-11:36
- Application: Behavior 12:1-15:13
- Conclusion: benediction 15:14-16:27