Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Introduction to Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Paul, 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.  Romans 1:1-7

A. The Importance of Romans in Church History

“Christianity has been the most powerful, transforming force in
human history and the book of Romans is the most basic, most
comprehensive statement of true Christianity.” Dr. James Boice

B. The Importance of Romans Today

– Establish the proper worldview; what is wrong, how to be right: Romans 1-3

– Doctrinal ignorance of Christians not knowing what they profess: Romans 4-5

– Lack of understanding of the daily implications of the Gospel: Romans 6-8

– Disconnect between belief and practice: Romans 12-16

– Establish the foundation for Biblical influential impact culturally

– Unlock the riches of the Gospel and its joy as a result

– Radical change it may have upon us

C. The Date of Romans – AD 57 – Romans 16:22

D. The Author of Romans – Romans 1:1

E. The Recipients of Romans – Romans 1:7

F. The Theme of Romans – Romans 1:1-2, 1:9, 1:15-16

G. The Purposes of Romans

– To generate support for his missionary journey to Spain: Romans 15:22-24

– To help solve any Gentile/Jewish conflict in the church: Romans 14 & 15

– To help their spiritual growth in understanding the Gospel: Romans 1:11-12

H. The Structure of Romans

It is a letter, long and formal