Friday, December 25, 2009

Romans Introduction: Christ Is God's Righteousness

The book of Acts showed the spread of the gospel from Jerusalem to Rome, and the beginning of local churches. The rest of the NT is letters of doctrine and instruction for these churches. Romans was written to believers in Rome, to explain the full meaning of the gospel.

Key Verse:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." (1:16-17, NAS).  

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God: 

Outline:

1. In Condemnation (1:18-3:20)
   A) Of Pagans (1:18-32)

   B) Of Moral men (2:1-16)

   C) Of Jews (2:17 - 3:8)

   D) Of all men (3:9-20)


2. In Justification (3:21-5:21)
   A) Through faith in Christ (3:21-26)

   B) Apart from works (3:27 - 4:25)

   C) Unto Peace with God (5:1-11)

   D) Unto life (5:12-21)


3. In Sanctification (6:1-8:17)
   A) Of Position (6:1-11)

   B) Of Practice (6:12 - 7:25)

   C) Of Person (8:1-39)


4. In Election (9-11)
   A) Of Ancient Israel (9:1 - 11:10)

   B) Of Gentiles (11:11-24)

   C) Of Future Israel (11:25-36)

5. In Transformation (12-16)
   A) Towards the Church (12:1-16)

   B) Towards Society (12:17 - 13:14)

   C) Towards Weak Brothers (14:1 - 15:33)

   D) Towards Faithful Brothers (16:1-16)

   E) Towards those who cause dissension (16:17-23)




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