We will spend the better part of the next year walking through Romans. The book of Romans is one of my favorite books for a number of reasons. More than anything else, I love it because it is such a clear and concise picture of the Gospel. Romans is the longest of Paul’s letters and some say that combined with its Gospel importance is why it was placed first among Paul’s work in the Bible. Romans is distinctive among Paul’s writing because it was one of only two letters that he wrote to churches that he had no personal dealings with. The other being Colossians by the way. Paul uses Romans to not only write a letter to the church but also expound on the Gospel for the city of Rome, one of great importance to the Roman Empire and what Paul probably saw as a possible operational base for Spain and future evangelistic territory. That’s a big deal!
The greatness of Romans as a Gospel cornerstone cannot be understated. Lets look how Martin Luther described the book.
“Romans is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for
word, by heart, but occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of
the soul. It can never be read or pondered too much, and the more it is
dealt with the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes.”
May that be us Fellowship PM. May we dwell so richly in this book over this next year that it can never be read or pondered too much. See you Sunday.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
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