Romans Study Guide - Unashamed: The Power of the Gospel
For a quick background on Romans,
A little over twenty years into the life of the Christian Church, Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome. “I am not ashamed of the gospel,” he proclaimed, “for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith’” (Romans 1:16-17).
Any student of history can see the explosive force of the Gospel of Jesus Christ at that time. The message of Christ quickly spread through the known world. The number of believers grew from being measured in dozens to thousands. And within a few centuries, Christianity moved from a fringe sect of Judaism to an empire.
Almost a millennium and a half after Paul wrote to the Romans, those same words reached new ears, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ again ignited a powder keg. The message of the Gospel that moved front and center starting with a nail and 95 Theses on October 31, 1517, would change the world.
Starting on Sunday, October 15, through the end of November, we will be focusing our preaching on the book of Romans. Those same words that focused the early church almost two thousand years ago, and which reformed the Christian Church five hundred years ago, will have a chance to yield the same explosive charge in our church today.
The Holy Spirit, working through the Word of God and the proclamation of the Gospel, creates faith, transforms lives, and multiplies disciples.
What might God do in the church today,
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