Enjoy Romans in a sentence walkthrough of the highlights of the book.
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF ROMANS
2. SAUL WHO BECOMES PAUL
3. PAUL’S INTEREST IN ROME
4. THE BOOK OF ROMANS
6. THE ETHNICALLY MIXED CHURCH IN ROME
7. CHAPTERS 9-11: THE PIVOITAL QUESTION
8. PAUL’S SOULWINNING STRATEGY
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF ROMANS
Jesus said to take the Gospel to everyone, and Romans explains the Gospel to everyone.
He said deliver My message and Romans clarifies His message.
Romans is the key to all the other epistles.
It has been called the most incredible book ever written.
Romans is often deemed the greatest Bible book.
By far, Romans has had greater influence on individual Christians
than any other book.
It is Paul’s longest book but is not placed first in the New Testament due to its length.
It is because of its significance, substance, and timeless relevance it immediately follows the Book of Acts.
This epistle gives the most detailed and complete presentation of doctrinal truth in the Bible.
Romans is our Declaration of Independence from Satan’s power.
Of all the Pauline letters, it is the most systematic.
The epistle is more of a position paper than a letter.
It can be viewed as a legal document.
It is an outline of Paul’s theology.
It is a succinct doctrinal statement but was never intended to be a comprehensive doctrinal essay.
No one can read this book too frequently.
The more these truths are chewed, the better they are digested.
Romans is the heart of God’s Word.
Without Romans, the rest of the Bible cannot be understood.
The purpose is to explain God’s timeless plan of salvation.
Romans begins by inditing the Gentiles as sinners and proceeds to implicate the Jews also.
Paul presents the Cross as the universal solution for sin.
2. SAUL WHO BECOMES PAUL
Paul meets Jesus in Acts 9 but is not referred to as “Paul” until Chapter 13.
Many Jews were named after King Saul.
In Latin, the name “Saul” is translated “Paul.”
It would not benefit Paul to be branded as Jewish in his future ministerial endeavors.
Since his calling was to reach all nations, it was fitting to use the international interpretation of his name.
Paul was never ashamed of his Jewish heritage.
He extensively quotes the Old Testament in order to include the Jews.
More than sixty Old Testament quotes are found in the book of Romans. This number far exceeds any other New Testament book.
In Romans, Paul quotes from many of the 39 books, including Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Genesis, Exodus, Chronicles, Malachi, Hosea, Samuel, Kings, Deuteronomy, Joel, Habakkuk, Psalms, Proverbs, Job, and Leviticus.
Paul keeps our attention by using eleven characters to illustrate his points: David, Abraham, Adam, Sarah, Moses, Isaac, Rebecca, Pharaoh, Jacob, Esau, and Elijah.
Paul’s credentials verify he was uniquely qualified to write such a book.
We know little about this Saul who metamorphizes into Paul.
He has an excellent education and an uncompromising disposition.
There are a number of important factors to consider:
He is a native of Tarsus which makes him a freeborn Roman citizen.
His father is a Jewish Roman citizen.
Saul is the son of a Pharisee (Phil. 3:5).
This means he is raised in a rigid Jewish home under strict religious guidelines.
His family is the honorable tribe of Benjamin.
As a Jew, Saul is fluent in Hebrew.
Being a Roman citizen, he also speaks Greek fluently.
Because Saul was a Pharisee, he knew Aramaic as well.
His heritage makes him a “Hellenist” – a Greek-speaking Jew.
In Acts 22:3, we read he is trained under one of the best Rabbis – Gamaliel.
All his characteristics combine to make Saul, who becomes Paul, the ideal author to bring the indictment on both the Jewish and Gentile cultures.
As a Pharisee, he is among the first to view Christianity as a threat to Judaism.
Prior to his conversion, Saul is an ardent persecutor of Christians (Acts 8:1-4).
It is for this specific reason he is traveling to Damascus.
He was highly motivated, antagonistic, and determined.
Saul is in command of three languages and has a strong background in both Jewish and Greek culture.
His background and resume equip him for the hard tasks Jesus will soon assign to him.
Just prior to his conversion, Saul fully approved of Stephen’s murder (Acts 8:1).
Jesus had already declared that hell itself could never destroy His Church (Mt. 16:18).
Although he holds letters of authority to arrest Christians, Saul is suddenly and dramatically arrested by Jesus.
This man was perfectly suited for this task.
Saul could have declined the assignment Jesus gave him.
Instead, he embraces his mission.
His logic, intellect, determination, diplomacy, and perseverance are constantly in evidence throughout his later epistles.
Because Gentiles are beginning to receive the Gospel, fundamental doctrines must be clarified.
Soon after Saul’s conversion, Ananias reminds Jesus that Saul is dangerous (9:13).
Jesus informs him He has selected Saul personally as His missionary to the Gentiles.
Saul experienced firsthand the power of Christ to convert a soul.
Nothing less than a personal encounter with Jesus Himself could have changed the angry Saul into the great Apostle Paul.
Nothing else could have convinced him Jesus was really the Messiah.
The last thing Saul ever expected to hear on the Damascus Road was the voice of Jesus Christ (Acts 9:5)
It would be wonderful if every Believer’s conversion was this decisive, clear, and certain.
There is another powerful lesson here no Believer should miss.
The dormant gifting and abilities in Saul’s life could only be developed after his conversion.
The Lord can take misdirected zeal and redirect it for His purposes.
After one accepts Jesus as their Savior, He can reshape one’s natural abilities to further His cause.
The Lord develops several of Paul’s attributes throughout his ministerial career.
His miraculous and dramatic conversion explains Paul’s consistent obedience.
Paul’s focus is entirely changed. He who was an enemy of Christians suddenly befriends them.
Paul became humble, admitting he was unworthy to be called an apostle because he had persecuted Christ’s church.
We see Paul’s tenderness as he mentors Titus and Timothy.
He is deeply concerned Believers are not led astray by false teachers.
His encounter with the resurrected Jesus radically revolutionized his life.
His conversion is recorded three times in the book of Acts.
Paul gives his own testimony five times in his own epistles.
He grasps immediately that if Jesus can redeem him, He can redeem Gentiles also.
His salvation is dramatic but is no less a miracle than your own.
3. PAUL’S INTEREST IN ROME
Saul’s conversion takes place around 34 AD.
He writes the letter to the Romans from Corinth in 57 AD.
Rome is of strategic evangelistic importance to Paul.
Paul has been in the ministry for thirty years prior to sending this letter to the Church at Rome.
He is writing to a church family he has never met three years prior to his actual arrival.
He does not enter the city of Rome until 61 AD.
He arrives as a prisoner of Rome.
By 133 BC the entire Mediterranean world was controlled by the Roman Empire.
Pompey, a ruler of Rome, conquered Jerusalem in 63 BC.
Judea then became subject to Rome.
In 27 BC, Rome became capital city of the Empire.
The Caesars had little interest in the mystical Jewish Messiah.
Greed, hate, murder, lust, and luxury were terms that best described their empire.
It had a population of one million.
Nearly half were slaves or former slaves.
Rome had only two classes of citizens: the extraordinarily rich and the extremely poor.
The empire represents in the New Testament what Babylon represents in the Old Testament.
There were 159 Roman holidays throughout the year.
Nearly half of these were devoted to entertainment and gladiatorial games.
There were no admission fees and wine was plentiful and cheap.
Idol temples dominated the landscape in this capital city.
When Paul arrived in Athens (Acts 17:16) he saw the city totally immersed in idolatry.
Athens is 800 miles from Rome and shared all her vices.
The circus of Caligula and her amphitheaters would eventually be stained with the blood of Christian martyrs.
It is easy to see why Jesus sent Paul into the Roman Empire.
The city of Rome was the capital of the civilized world.
It served as the perfect place from which to send the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
One reason was the infrastructure of this empire.
Roman Roads began to be constructed around 300 BC.
Nearly thirty such roads led out of Rome and ran a total of nearly 250,000 miles.
The Caesars were unknowingly building the roads from which Christianity could spread.
These roads provided excellent traveling conditions for both soldiers and Christian missionaries.
Paul grasps the tremendous strategic importance of this church in the heart of the Roman Empire.
Three days after Saul’s salvation, Jesus tells Ananias He is sending Paul to bear His name to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15).
At the conclusion of the book of Acts, we find Paul in Rome doing exactly that.
All throughout his ministry, Paul is looking for new territory in which to plant the Gospel message.
Rome is the ideal location.
It should be noted that Paul has a secondary reason to get to Rome.
In II Corinthians 8-9 we see that he has been gathering a fund for the poor Christians in Jerusalem.
By the time Paul writes to the Romans, this fund is now nearly completed, and Jerusalem is on his itinerary.
The city of Rome draws Paul like a magnet.
He is a Roman citizen who has never been to his own capital city.
Paul sees Rome as the ultimate missional hub, with the spokes of this wheel reaching out to the world in every direction.
He was divinely appointed to get to Rome. This is confirmed on four occasions:
1. Acts 19:21 – “After I go to Jerusalem, I must see Rome.”
The last ten chapters in Acts reveal the circumstances regarding his arrival there.
2. Acts 23:11 – Jesus affirms Paul’s destiny when He tells Paul personally, “As you have borne witness of Me in Jerusalem, you must bear witness of Me in Rome.”
3. Acts 27:24 – While on board the prison ship heading to Rome, Paul tells the sailors, “An angel of God told me last night I must be brought before Caesar” (in Rome).
4. Acts 28:14 – finally, after imprisonment, shipwreck, and snakebite, Luke records, “and so we continued toward Rome”
At the conclusion of Acts, Paul has reached Rome as a prisoner.
His ministerial challenges have already been numerous.
Between Acts Chapter 9 and 25 there are seven assassination plots against him.
These are planned in Damascus, Macedonia, Caesarea and in Jerusalem.
Paul is opposed by sorcerers, disgruntled Jews, and silversmiths.
He is mocked in Athens and imprisoned in Caesarea, Philippi, and Rome.
The apostle is stoned. He is insulted and struck in the face.
He survives four separate shipwrecks.
He is lashed on five separate occasions (II Cor. 11: 24-25).
Paul felt he could not get justice at the hands of the Jews, so he appealed to the secular Roman authorities.
As a Roman citizen, he was privileged to do this.
God arranged the circumstances of Paul’s arrival in Rome to prevent the hostile Jews from killing him.
The Caesar in power at that time was Nero.
There is absolutely no evidence Paul ever met Nero.
The Roman Empire was not actively opposed to Paul and the teachings of Jesus.
None of the rulers Paul was brought before could see the benefit of Christianity.
Paul understood the Gospel message would be viewed with suspicion.
Roman rulers feared potential revolutions of any kind.
Paul proposes to several rulers that Jesus is the only hope for real
strength in the Empire.
However, for an emperor to promote any religion other than emperor worship would be political suicide.
To enthrone Jesus would mean dethroning the emperor.
No Roman Emperor would have permitted any god or any person to be promoted as greater than himself.
To the Roman rulers, Christianity was an insignificant Jewish cult.
To them, Paul was a curio and an enigma.
A true Christian revival would have saved the Roman Empire.
However, Paul is not under the delusion all Rome would be converted.
He only knew Christianity must begin from the capital city.
4. THE BOOK OF ROMANS
After Paul leaves Antioch in Acts 13, his ministry is almost exclusively in the Roman empire.
He resides at Corinth for three months during his third missionary journey.
During this time, he writes this letter to the church in Rome.
In the book of Romans, Paul proves every human being is equally guilty before God.
One of his goals is to eliminate all possibility of self-merit.
He assures the Jewish readers that, although they rejected their Messiah nationally, they can still be saved individually.
As we read Paul’s letters chronologically, we see his theology growing deeper and deeper.
Over the long and stressful years of ministry he has pondered the great doctrines.
He is now prepared to write the masterpiece we call Romans.
Paul clearly states his purpose for writing this letter.
In Romans 1:15-16, we are told that faith, not works is the basis for salvation for every human being.
The book of Romans has two primary divisions.
The first half of Romans is theological while the second half is practical.
Chapters 1-8 provide the revelation of God’s righteousness
and Chapters 9-16 show us the application of His Righteousness.
Our doctrines (Ch. 1-8) are inseparably linked with our duties
We are shown how God’s truth (Ch. 1-8) is related to human practice (9-16).
While the first eight chapters show us what to believe, the remaining chapters teach us how to behave.
Chapters 1-8 show us how to obtain new life and Chapters 9-16 show us how to adapt a new lifestyle.
The book is extremely valuable because Paul’s reasoning is so logical and conclusive.
Romans contains the clearest, deepest, and most intense theology of any Bible book
It is dramatic, yet formal.
His style is condensed, living, vigorous, and energetic.
What Paul writes is relevant, powerful, and pragmatic.
Paul’s contrasts are truly clear.
Our former lives of sin result in death (Ch. 6-7) while our new life in Christ (Ch. 8) is vibrant and exciting.
The apostle’s wonderful question-and-answer format helps keep our attention.
“Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” 6:1
“You that say a person should not commit adultery: do you?” 2:22
“Is He the God of the Jews only?” 3:29
“How shall they hear the Gospel without a preacher?” 10:14
“Has God abandoned and rejected Israel?” 11:1
”Who can ever separate us from the love of Christ?” 8:35
Apart from the book of Romans, it is impossible to comprehend how God actually views sin.
The four Gospels give us facts and Romans interprets these facts.
In the Gospels we read what Jesus said, but we need Romans to explain why He said them.
For Paul obedience is the basis for salvation, not our good works or self-effort.
Legalism will not save the Jews, nor will forsaking save the Gentiles.
It is only the blood of Jesus that can redeem anyone.
This is the single most important word in the Bible.
Being righteous or unrighteous means heaven or hell.
That God is supremely righteous is the foundational concept.
His character is the standard of righteousness.
As Creator, God is the moral Judge of the universe.
He has forever determined what is evil and what is not.
Everything He says and does is in harmony with His righteous character.
God’s plan of redemption helps us comprehend who He really is.
His righteousness finds expression in the laws He gives to those who serve Him.
He requires His people to obey.
As the righteous Judge, He hates wickedness.
But the Bible was never intended to be a harsh and rigid rulebook.
True righteousness is the condition or state of being rightly related to God.
The “righteousness of God” Paul addresses in 1:17 is the exact opposite of what Pharisees had adopted.
The concept of a personal relationship with Jehovah was unknown in Judaism.
The book of Romans answers a question asked from antiquity: “How can a person be justified before God?” (Job 9:2)
Jesus came to free us from a dull life of doctrinal and denominational slavery.
Paul must rebuild the former Judaic concept of righteousness.
Jesus indicated the true idea of righteousness “must exceed the so-called righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees” (Mt 5:20).
- The term “righteousness” is found in Romans 43 times.
- The word “justification” is found 22 times.
- In every instance, it is the same basic Greek word (dikios).
God’s righteousness (dikaiosune) is based on His character, His faithfulness, His grace, His nature, and His promises.
Righteousness involves God’s dealing with sinners based on the death of His Son.
God demands righteousness and only He can provide it.
The requirement for righteousness proves God is not indifferent to sin.
No one become righteous casually because God’s Son did not sacrifice Himself for sin casually.
God requires His followers to conform to His righteousness in order to be in right relationship with Him.
Righteousness is not based on emotions.
It cannot be inherited, for one’s ancestry is never a factor.
It can be neither bought nor earned.
It cannot be obtained through education, merit, or achievements.
Righteousness is based solely on grace and is undeserved.
God’s plan of salvation is uncomplicated.
Although faith is required to be saved, faith cannot be treated as a bargaining chip to gain God’s favor.
God does not ask us to have faith in faith.
Faith is simply the connecting link between us and God’s righteousness.
Faith is not the source of righteousness, but the bridge to righteousness.
Saving faith must rest totally on the object of faith – the Person of Jesus Christ.
Faith is a means to an end rather than an end in itself.
The term righteousness can be defined: “to declare guiltless, such as one ought to be, conformable to divine law; to clear of a charge; vindicate; the formal and legal acquittal from guilt by God as Judge and His pronouncement of the sinner as righteous when one places faith in Christ Jesus and thereby becomes acceptable to God.”
The term acquittal must be qualified because the word means “to exonerate; to find not guilty.”
Salvation is not an actual acquittal because someone else paid for your sins to set you free.
Every person on earth is a condemned criminal, for there is “none righteousness – not one” (Romans 3:10).
Feelings of regret and sorrow for sin are insufficient.
The righteousness of God is not subject to human interpretation.
The idea of justice is imbedded in the term justification.
Justification is a judicial declaration of right via a change of legal standing.
The concept is better understood by picturing a courtroom.
God Himself has pronounced His verdict.
Everyone is guilty before Him as unrighteous sinners.
All have sinned and are therefore under formal accusation.
A change of status demands a legitimate legal basis.
His decision must be legitimate, valid, and lawful according to
His own laws already on the books.
God “reads us our rights” in the first three chapters of Romans.
The sacrifice of God’s Son provides the way and the means by which God can pardon us and remain true to His own standards of righteousness.
No one can squirm out of this death sentence based on a legal technicality.
No one is eligible for a reduced sentence.
Salvation through Christ does not put a person on parole.
God has never yet declared a mistrial.
Our sins are not just a series of misdemeanors but are treated as a capital crime.
There are no bail bondsmen available.
There are no hung juries.
No amount of good behavior can earn righteousness.
God has decreed that all sin must be paid for.
There is no possibility of being set free unless somebody pays for your crimes.
Paul mentions in Romans 5:8 that “while we were in a state of sin, Christ died in our place.”
Jesus is not our defense attorney: He is our substitute.
He accepted the death penalty for everyone.
Eternal salvation is free for all recipients, but a heavy price was paid.
God decides in my favor when I accept His terms.
When I am justified by the sacrifice of God’s Son, my position before God is totally reversed.
God has firmly established the conditions by which the shackles of sin can be removed.
A sinner is declared righteous only after a total transformation has occurred.
When my nature is changed, my status with God is changed.
However, I am not set free to do what I want but what HE wants.
Salvation does not actually make a sinner righteous; it simply declares him to be righteous.
God does not justify our sins, but He treats us as if we had never sinned.
God’s only Son became both the sacrifice and the One who performed the sacrifice.
Some verses in Romans which validate the doctrine of Justification include:
We are justified freely by His grace (3:24).
We are now justified by His blood (5:9).
For one who believes, faith is counted for righteousness (4:25).
With the heart, one believes and becomes righteous (10:10).
The Lord, in His perfect wisdom, has provided the means, the motive, and the method of our salvation.
The prerequisites for justification are faith, repentance, sorrow for sin, and belief in Christ.
One validates their conversion to Christ by continual obedience to the Holy Spirit.
Jesus made it clear that if you love Him, you will keep His commandments (Jn. 14:15).
He also asks why anyone would deem Him to be His Lord, but not obey Him (Lk. 6:46).
The still, small voice of the Holy Spirit (I Kgs. 19:12) must become the loudest Voice a Believer hears.
6. THE ETHNICALLY MIXED CHURCH IN ROME
As Romans chapter 9 begins, we start to breathe the atmosphere of global evangelism.
It is evident the congregation in Rome was well established by the time Paul wrote to them in 56 AD.
Who the first pastor of this church is unknown.
Paul did not found this church. It was in existence before Paul finally got there around 59 AD.
It is astounding to read of the various nations represented on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 1).
Luke lists Asians, Galileans, Parthians, Elamites, Mesopotamians, Judeans, Cappadocians, Pamphylians, Phrygians, Jews, Libyans, Cretans, Arabians, Egyptians, and Romans.
Paul sends greetings to thirty people in last chapter of Romans.
One may wonder how Paul knew the people in this church well enough to write such a letter.
As the Gospel began to spread, a number of people settled in Rome and formed this congregation over a thirty-year period.
Paul lists many people in Romans 16 by name.
Because most of these persons have Gentile names, it is safe to assume the church there is comprised of non-Jews.
This explains why he knows some members of the church at Rome prior to his arrival.
Paul writes to this congregation during an era of numerous doctrinal controversies.
One can only imagine the internal discussions, doubts, and disunity.
Paul’s letter arrives exactly at the time it is most needed.
A radical change in their global perspective was essential.
The church in the capital city must have a universal picture of how and why the rest of the world is to be evangelized.
Paul had already laid the foundation for the Gospel to be established in the East.
There his headquarters was in Antioch.
He now needs a base of operations in the West.
That base is destined to be Rome.
7. CHAPTERS 9-11: THE PIVOITAL QUESTION
In the first three chapters, Paul fights his way past the Jewish
mentality of national exclusiveness.
He proceeds to clarify that the Gospel message is based on global inclusiveness.
Paul’s letter throws the church doors wide open to all Gentiles.
The end of Chapter 8 merges perfectly into this topic.
Chapters 9 through 11 are the very heart of the book of Romans.
It is considered “the meat of the sandwich” because it is the key to understanding the rest of the epistle.
Chapters 9-11 connect the doctrinal portion of the book (Ch. 1-8) with its pragmatic aspects (Ch. 12-16).
The overall context of the book would be difficult to comprehend without this vital information.
As a former Pharisee, Paul may have anticipated some of the questions Christians had in the early Church.
Has God’s attitude toward the Jews changed since the sacrifice of His Son?
Have the Gentiles always been included in God’s plan of salvation?
If God loves the Gentiles, does this mean He loves the Jews less?
In view of the ways the Jews treated Jesus their own Messiah, will Jews be allowed to become Christians?
These questions must be answered because the Church will become increasingly non-Jewish in the future.
Since God shows no partiality (2:11), we are all equally guilty sinners before God.
Paul must address this issue while exonerating neither Jews nor Gentiles.
Paul proves God’s global plan of salvation is not a new idea.
It has been well attested to by the Law and the Prophets (3:21).
The Jews were always in danger of taking God’s grace for granted.
They had forgotten they were favored not because they were a superior race, but because God had chosen to covenant with them.
God has never broken a covenant.
God began with one nation, but His plan of salvation is international.
These three chapters are incredibly vital as the Gospel message moves from Jewish Palestine into the Gentile world.
Jehovah taught Jews to avoid false gods.
Rome was the hub of polytheism and idolatry.
Romans tells us how these idolatrous non-Jews can be reached with the Gospel message.
Romans proves any person of any ethnicity can be saved if they are willing to obey.
Submission to the voice of the Holy Spirit defines one’s Christianity, not skin pigmentation.
Chapters 9-11 is the legal document of Gentile emancipation.
The meeting of Apostles known as “The Jerusalem Council” took place about 49 BC (Acts 15).
Paul writes his letter to the Romans about 8 years later.
This council was supposed to settle forever that Jews and Gentiles
are all equal before God.
Romans 9-11 proves the problem of racial equality has never been solved.
God plan of salvation only works when ethnicity is not a factor.
Prejudice and racial superiority destroy the motivation to win souls for Christ.
God has saved people from every tribe, language, and nation (Rev. 7:9).
Jesus settled the question of racism when He went to Calvary.
To do this, He needed an unbiased Jew like Paul.
Paul never allowed His Jewish heritage to interfere with the words the Holy Spirit told him to write.
8. PAUL’S SOULWINNING STRATEGY
A consistent theme throughout Romans is the obligation to bring others to a saving knowledge of Christ.
No strict evangelistic methodology can be found.
There is no specific set of rules for winning the lost.
The only obligation was to seek and obey the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Paul provided for us what has become known as “The Roman’s Road.”
These four verses in Romans have been used to lead hundreds of thousands of souls to Christ.
1. All have sinned (3:23).
2. The wages of sin is death (6:23).
3. God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us (5:8).
4. If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart God raised him from dead you will be saved (10:9).
The most effective global missional programs in the world are those led by Holy Spirit filled people.
Pentecostal denominations tend to place a great emphasis on soulwinning.
The primary reason for this is the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit to win the lost for Christ.
Paul viewed his churches as evangelistic centers and expected the congregations to reach the surrounding areas.
Although Paul wrote letters to the churches at Ephesus, Philippi, and Corinth, he never sought to control their leaders.
Paul never allowed a congregation to become dependent on him for spiritual growth.
After planting a church, he left them with a warning to keep the leadership morally pure.
He taught them mutual accountability, trained the nationals, and moved on.
His departure threw the responsibility on the leaders, forcing them to rely on the Holy Spirit for strategy and direction.
Paul did not have a specific plan for each church, but he knew the Holy Spirit did.
As one reads Pauline literature, the following soulwinning priorities become evident:
1. All human beings have an instinctive desire to know God.
2. The need-to-know Christ is always predominant.
3. Sin is never sugarcoated.
4. He shows no fear when he testifies.
5. Paul never waters down his theology.
6. He never allows traditionalism to overshadow his message.
7. Paul is intolerant of false doctrines.
8. He epitomizes empathy and compassion.
9. He emphasizes the power of the resurrected Christ.
The contents of the book of Romans tell us what to believe, why to believe it, and how to explain it.
We never know the impact our testimony for Christ may have:
A fitting example is Ed Kimball, the Sunday School teacher.
D.L. Moody was won to Christ by Ed Kimball.
Ed Kimball led Willy Chapman to Jesus.
Willy Chapman led Billy Sunday to Christ.
Billy Sunday led Mordecai Ham to Jesus.
Under Mordecai Ham’s ministry Billy Graham was saved.
Ed Kimball, the Sunday School teacher, never knew the impact his testimony would eventually have.
Such miraculous conversions can result from your testimony as well.