OVERVIEW: Against the backdrop of God’s judgment, Paul eagerly shares God’s good news to the church at Rome and highlights the life change that comes through faith in Christ.
BIG IDEA: The gospel is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.
KEY VERSE: Romans 1:16 (Paul’s confidence in the gospel)
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I have given you an incredible message to share, great news that helps everyone you know and everyone you don’t know. Some claim to be my followers, yet they speak twisted words. They spew hatred, judgment, intolerance, and ignorance. Others teach that there are no clear answers, that everyone can find his way or that there isn’t a need for salvation. But my message is one you can be proud of. The message I have given you transforms lives for powerful living and prepares people for this brief life.
Remember who I am and what I do in the world. I heal. I restore. I provide. I save. I remove guilt. I guide and instruct. I give purpose and significance. I break racial, economic, and cultural barriers to bring people together. I prepare my children for eternity. This is good news. Share it, live it, and celebrate it by how you live and what you say.
Take time to think about how you might share the gospel message with someone. Reflect upon the following Bible verses: John 3:16, Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9. Think about what your life was like before you trusted Christ, how you came to put your trust in Christ, and what your life is like now.