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Paul's Letter to the Romans (1 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
Sunday, May 31, 2009
TEXT: Romans 1:1-17
INTRODUCTION: This evening, I would like to begin an in-depth study of the book of Romans; but before we come to our outline, let me give you a little background information.
The author: The author is the Apostle Paul, which is evident from his name at the very beginning of the letter (vs. 1). Paul writes this letter from Corinth, during his third missionary journey.
The date: The date of writing is approximately A.D. 57.
The recipients: The recipients are the saints at Rome, both Jew and Gentile.
The purpose: In his letter, Paul was preparing the believers at Rome for his visit; he had never been to Rome before. No doubt, the church in Rome was begun by Jews who had been converted at Jerusalem during the time of Pentecost. They were from every known nation, including Rome. In Acts 2:5, it says, "And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven." The gospel flames were fanned, and the good news of Christ spread throughout the region and beyond.
In his letter, it was Paul's desire to present the message of salvation to both Jew and Gentile, alike, to explain that there is no difference between them. In Romans 3:29, asked the question, "Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also."
The major theme of Romans is justification by faith that we are saved by faith in Christ alone and not by the works of the law. He spends quite a bit of time refuting the Judaizers, who attempted to pervert the gospel of grace with the works of the Old Testament Law.
Throughout the book of Romans, Paul covers many subjects, touching on some of the major doctrinal issues of the day. We will look at them all, as we make our way through this exciting study.
Let me give you and outline…
I. PAUL'S INTRODUCTION (VV. 1-6)
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