Day Two: The Thesis of Romans

Have you ever wondered what the purpose of the gospel is? What about your own purpose in this lifetime? I can raise my hands to both questions and answer, “Yes, I have.”

I remember when I was in college and struggled to pick a major that I would stick with. At the time, I didn’t believe in myself enough to stick with anything permanently. My disbelief in myself made me question everything around me and eventually, I threw my hands up to school. Doubting my own potential caused me to struggle for years to come when it came to figuring out my purpose in this life.

Doubt in God and His gospel will cause us to become blinded by disbelief. When disbelief sets in, sin will eventually enter in, causing us to turn away from God.

In verses 7-17 we learn of Paul’s love for God and His word. We see through Paul’s writing that he had a heart for the lost and for working in evangelism. He had a desire to spread the gospel to everyone he came in contact with. Paul wasn’t worried about His capabilities because He knew that God had called him and anointed him, so all he had to do was trust in God and His power.

Romans 1:7-10 says, “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.” “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;” “Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.”

Like Paul, we have to be willing to journey with the lost on the Romans Road to Salvation. If we are willing to step out in faith to do the work of the gospel, we will see lost souls become saved. If Paul wouldn’t have been willing to step out in faith to do the work of the gospel, many Gentiles and Jews would have never heard the gospel message. Paul knew that God had a plan and because of that, he followed it until the end.

As Christians, our number one purpose in life is spreading the goodness of the gospel. We have to share our salvation stories with those around us, so that they can see how powerful and merciful God truly is.

Romans 1:11-12 says, “For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;” “That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”

Do we long to reach the lost? Or do we shy away from reaching out to them?

For us to reach the lost, we have to be willing to come together in unity and uplift one another through prayer. We can never reach the lost if we’re not willing to come together and uplift one another or pray for one another. To win the lost, it starts from within us first. Once our hearts and souls have been dealt with and made right, we will be so full of God that His spirit will pour out around us for all the world to see.

Surrounding ourselves with like-minded people is key to keeping a close relationship with God. It is through those friendships and mentorships that we are able to grow in our spiritual walks and be uplifted spiritually.

Romans 1:13-15 says, “Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.”I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.” “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.”

When we are rooted and filled up with God, that is when we will effectively be able to reach the lost and win them to Christ.

Romans 1:16-17 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

Verses 16 and 17 is the thesis for the book of Romans. These two scriptures outline Paul’s charge of sinfulness against all flesh, declares that the only way to be delivered from our sins is through faith in Jesus Christ, and then declares that in order to stay saved we must live a righteous, sinless life.

The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. God has made it so simple for us to know His only Son as our Savior. It takes having faith and believing that Christ is Lord of Lords and repenting of our sins to receive salvation.

The formula to salvation is not complicated.

Salvation is the key to a life full of goodness. Salvation won’t excuse us from hardships, but it will allow us to know and believe in the power of God. When we come to know the Lord, we will learn that He is everything that we will ever need.

The road to salvation is simple: Step out in faith with a repenting heart and repent of your sins. When you do that, Jesus Christ will come in to your heart and cleanse you as white as snow.

DIY: DO IT YOURSELF

  1. If you are a Christian, what can you be doing more of to win people to Christ?
  2. Write down ways that you can win people to Christ.
  3. Write down Romans 1:16-17 and verse map it or bible SOAP it.
  4. Write down names of lost loved ones and friends that the need the Lord and commit to praying for them throughout this study every day.

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