Thursday, September 21, 2017
Chapter of Study: Romans 1:1-17
This week marked the beginning of our studies on the book of Romans, a letter written by St. Paul as in our previous study of 1 Corinthians, yet contrastingly different in the context of the message given. St. Paul began by reminding us of the fact that he is a servant of Jesus Christ and chosen by God to be an apostle, or messenger, of the gospel. He similarly recognized members of the Roman church as devoted servants and expressed deep admiration for their faith.
We considered how it was historically and societally rare to categorize Romans under positions of servitude, and similarly noted how St. Paul had been a Jew and persecutor of the Christian movement prior to his calling and conversion. We were able to appreciate how St. Paul’s desire to meet with the Romans would help them mutually build up one another’s faith, and recognized how taking part in Bible study does the same for us.
In discussing the ways in which we might spread the gospel in our everyday lives, we agreed that praying to God to provide us with the opportunities and permitting the Holy Spirit to intervene with the appropriate words would be the first step we could take in reaching others. St. Paul deepened his message to the Romans by saying that relying purely on such faith would reveal the righteousness of God.
While simple and straightforward in nature, we admitted that our personal shortcomings in living by faith alone often stem from a lack of trust or patience in God’s will and timing. As suggested at the conclusion of the study guide for this chapter, we prayed that God would use Romans to give us St. Paul’s attitude toward the gospel and toward those who need its message.
NOTE: Romans: Becoming New in Christ (Lifeguide Bible Studies) by Jack Kuhatschek was used as a supplemental guide for the study of Romans
1. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God – Romans 1:1
8. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world. – Rom.1:8
11. For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you – 12or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. – Romans 1:11-12
16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.” – Romans 1:16-17