Thinking about how to attack Romans, i am preaching Romans 1 – 8 in 3 three week blocks over the next 5 months, in a small country church in regional NSW. I chose to do Romans because I want to do a bible study on it next term so I thought I Mays well preach on it as well.
Now in breaking it up I think that the first talk is an easy one to work out, it is the intro , a both to the book and to the Gospel as well. The second talk is the bad news, or the reality of how we stand before God with out Jesus. The third talk was a bit more difficult to work out, as I thought the logical finish was before 3:21, but I did not want to finish the first block with out going into the good news that now comes after all the bad news, the hope that comes after the hopelessness which precedes.
So here is a brief first outline of the talks.
Talk 1. Romans 1:1-17
Thinking about the first talk i am thinking that it is Romans 1:1-17. It is a great introduction both to Paul as well as to the Gospel itself. We start of by looking at the Gospel, which was promised through the prophets, is about Jesus, who was a descendant of David, was appointed the son of God, by his resurrection from the dead, and through whom we received GRACE that comes from FAITH in the name of Jesus.
A good summary of the first part of the book i think, that is our salvation is through Grace and Faith alone, not by anything we do as we will see that we can’t do it ourselves. we then see what this means for Paul, great thanks and then a desire for him to see more people understand that the Gospel is “the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” everyone. because Jew or Gentile don’t mean anything when it comes to righteousness, as righteousness comes through faith alone.
Talk 2. Romans 1:18 – 2:16
This Talk is the bad news talk, it is the talk that puts us in our place, it is the part of Romans that shows us for who we really are, it is Paul answering our ideas that we just might be ok before God by our selves, it is Paul speaking to those who think that they really are a OK person, it reads in Romans 1:25 that “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”
Meaning that we are I no position to judge anyone else as we are all in the same boat. It is a talk that reminds us of our utter dependence on God for our salvation as if left up to us we would be worshiping who knows what!
Talk 3. Romans 2: 17 – 3:24
We see here Paul having a go at the Jews, he labels them hypocrites! he says that they are bring God’s name into disrepute, they are living how they like relying on their circumcision, or their “Jewishness” for salvation, but Paul points out that is really worthless as proper circumcision is a heart thing not a external thing. so then the obvious question is what is the point of being a Jew, lots Paul says they are privileged, God promised them faithfulness, and even though some are unfaithful God is still faithful.
Paul then finishes of by saying that they are all the same, Jew and Gentile both Stuffed. But then comes the “But now” after being told there is no hope in the law only condemnation we are now told that there s hope through Jesus