God is for Us…

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Sermon Notes

The letter to the churches of Rome stands unique among most of Paul’s writing. Unlike his other letters which are often written to address situations in the church and most often to churches that Paul has personal experience with; Romans is written to people who are largely unfamiliar with Paul. Now we need not think that the churches in Rome had never heard of Paul, but Paul had no physical connection with the believers in Rome. He did not plant a church there, nor was he the first to take the gospel to the city. Yet Paul is writing to these believers at least in part because he desires their help for further ministry. Therefore, the letter becomes a way for Paul to introduce himself as well as the gospel he has been proclaiming throughout the churches. So, as we read Romans there is a very good possibility that are reading a manuscript of sorts of Paul’s gospel proclamation. And in fact, looking through the letter, Romans clearly declares the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul’s sermon begins with a proclamation of the power of the gospel (1:16-17) Then from 1:18-3:20, Paul outlines the sinfulness of all mankind as well as their inability to save themselves. (3:20): “For by works of the Law, no flesh will be justified” Paul then states the wonderful truth of justification through faith in Christ (3:21-4) And then from chapters 5-8 Paul describes the tremendous outcomes of being justified through faith in Christ, and it truly hits a crescendo in chapter 8 which opens with the magisterial declaration, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1 ESV)”God is for Us…”.