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January 1 – Romans 1:1-7

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We are starting an 8-week study in Romans, with daily readings, journaling using the SOAP method (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab), an example SOAP note, and the opportunity to share or ask questions in our Comments section on the bottom of each daily post.

The book of Romans was written by Paul, likely between AD 55 and 59. Though he hadn’t visited the Roman church, God gave him insight that this church would be key to the spreading of Christianity. So, Paul spelled out the basic foundations of Christianity in this book, for his Roman audience as well as for us today to learn and remember why we believe what we believe.

Reading: Romans 1:1-7

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, 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. Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
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.

SOAP Note

Serve God Willingly | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Romans 1:1

Observation

My bible notes that Romans contains the longest, most formal of Paul’s letter introductions because he was writing to a church he had not yet visited and to whom he desired to make clear the content of his teaching. Paul describes himself as a bond servant of Jesus Christ, affirming his complete loyalty to the Lord and his willingness to serve Him in obedient submission. God called him to be an apostle,  commissioned and sent with authority.

Application

I need to be willing to serve God, like He has called us all to do. I need to make it a choice every day to not just go throughout my day but to look for ways to serve Him.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for loving us. Help me choose to serve You everyday.

The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.