by Stan Coffey

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Romans: The Theology of the Gospel (6 of 32)
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
June 16, 1991

AUTHORSHIP: The Apostle Paul. Paul had not been to Rome when he wrote the epistles to the church there, but he planned to go as soon as the occasion presented itself. (Romans 1:10, 13; 15:23-24, 28) He wrote the letter from Corinth, (16:1) while on his third missionary journey during the "threw months" referred to in Acts 20:3, just before his final visit to Jerusalem. Paul's great ambition, to preach in Rome, was fulfilled in an unexpected way. He went there as a prisoner.

THEME: The righteousness of God. Martin Luther, the architect of the great reformation, was inspired to his great work by Romans 1:17 "The just shall live by faith." The Wesleyan revival was also the proof of the Book of Romans. On May 24, 1738, Wesley, a very discouraged clergyman went unwillingly to a religious meeting in London. There, a miracle took place. "About a quarter before 9:00," he wrote in his journal, "I felt my heart strangely warm. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation and assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."

DATE: Paul wrote Romans from Corinth about the year A.D. 56. The letter was carried to Christians at Rome by one of the "deaconesses" of the church at Cenchrea, Sister Phoebe (Romans 16:1). The Book of Romans is still inspiring revival in the hearts, homes and churches of people today. It indeed is one of the most important doctrinal books in all the New Testament.

I. INTRODUCTION - Chapter 1:1-17
In the opening verses of the letter Paul introduces himself to the believers in Rome.
A. He presented his credentials - 1:1-7
1. He was a servant of Jesus Christ - vs. 1
2. He was an apostle
3. He was a preacher of the Gospel
4. He was a missionary to the Gentiles - vs. 5-7
B. He expressed his concern - 1:8-15
1. He was thankful for them - vs. 8
2. He ...

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