January 21 - Discovering the Gospel (Romans 1:1-7)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday Bryan Launer will continue the class on Understanding the Heart in the youth room at 10:00am. This class explores what Scripture says about the heart, why it's so important, and how you can better understand your own heart and help others. Ray Rutledge and Bo Pritchard will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul in extended fashion, introduces himself and the gospel he has been called to preach. Keep in mind that this church he hopes to visit and partner with, has not met him. He begins with offering his credentials as a servant and apostle as well as his understanding of the gospel.
In short but full expressions, he describes the richness and beauty of the gospel. This gospel is from God, promised long ago, centered in Jesus, confirmed by the resurrection calling all the nations to believe. This is God's mercy delivered once and for all. There is no greater news to delight in and declare.
Review and Apply
How would you describe the gospel to a friend in your own words?
Where can you grow in servanthood to Jesus in your life?
What difference does it make that the gospel was promised beforehand by the scriptures?
In what new ways can you live by trusting in God's promises?
How do you relate faith and obedience so that justice is done to both?
In what ways can you reshape your view of ministry as a gift of grace?
Describe parallels in Romans 1.1-7 and Romans 16.25-27
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