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Romans 1:1-17

This study is part of our series of verse by verse studies of Romans, the 45th book in the Bible. Taught by our pastor, Simeon Forder, at our Sunday morning service on the 29th January 2023.

About this book

This letter from Paul to the church in Rome is one of his longest (only 1 Corinthians being similar in length), and in it we find the basis of much if not all Christian doctrine. Considered a literary masterpiece, even by some non-Christians, this letter describes the human condition of sin, our need for salvation, and the way in which we can be saved – through faith alone in God alone. But further, it explains Israel’s place in Christian teaching, and overs multiple chapters dedicated to Christian living.

About this study

In the first 17 verses of this opening chapter we see Paul explain who the letter is from, who it is to – and most importantly who it is about. Next, we see Paul’s heart for the Christians in Rome – both in his regular prayer for them, and desire to be a blessing to them by visiting. But perhaps most memorably of all he notes how he is not ashamed of the amazing truth that we are saved by faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ dying in our place.

Application questions

  • How will you build a habit of thanking God for others?
  • How will you build a habit of praying for others in this fellowship?
  • Are you ready and willing to share the gospel tomorrow? Are you ready now?


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