Romans 1:1-7 – September 1
This week we are starting six weeks in the book of Romans. You can read the NIV version below or your favorite Bible version then spend some time meditating and journaling on the reading, letting God speak to you through it. We encourage use of the SOAP method of Bible study as you grow in your relationship with God. Check out the What’s SOAP tab above for more info. Also, below today’s reading is a SOAP journal entry from our team to help dive into God’s Word. And we encourage you to share your SOAP journal entry or prayer requests in the Comments section on our website.
Romans is a letter to the Christian church in Rome written by the missionary and apostle Paul. God must have revealed to Paul the importance of the church in Rome. Their church was a mix of Jews and Gentiles who probably got into some pretty heated debates over theology. At the time of writing this letter, Paul had not yet visited these Christians, but he shares the basic tenets of the Christian faith in his letter as building blocks to the health of their church.
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1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Letter To Everyone | Dyea Rowland
Do you know what that means?? Anyone who trusts (just faith in His name sake!) – no more, no less – is “saved”. This doesn’t mean we have just a “place” to go, but it literally means we are “saved” to Him. Paul knew this and was set apart.
I can do nothing more or nothing less to change how You already feel about me. I will let You love me just the way I am.
Father, I sin, but by Your grace alone, I now belong to you. Let me walk, set apart, like Paul! For weeks now You have been leading the Pastors at church, for ears to hear, to say “it’s Jesus alone, not Jesus plus one” – I get it now, but help me not to forget this! Let me repent, always, to stay right with You! And will You always have mercy on me, when I fall? But let me always be just the way I am, and that is Yours…Amen.