Intro to Romans
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Who was Paul?
- - bond servant of Christ Jesus
- - called as an apostle
- - set apart for the gospel of God
- - he was chosen by God to serve Jesus and
- to share the gospel of God.
Who was Paul before becoming an Apostle?
Saul. Paul was really named Saul before. He was a Jewish Pharisee who hated Christianity (Acts 9:1) and helped kill the first Christian martyrs (Acts 7:5-8, 8:1) and persecuted the early church with passion (1 Tim 1:13)
How did Paul begin to follow Jesus?
As Paul (formerly, Saul at that time) neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, Saul Saul why do you persecute me? etc. God caused him to be blind for 3 days until Ananias (disciple) was told by God to go to him and place his hands on Saul so that he may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and could see again. He got up and was baptized.
Paul saw Jesus on the Damascus Road and there Jesus called him into his apostolic ministry. Jesus said, "For this purpose I have appeared to you , to appoint you a minister, and a witness not only to the things which you have seen but also to the things in which I will appear to you (Acts 26:16)". "With this commission he became one of the founders of Christianity". (Eph 2:20)
What's the foundation of the church?
The church has been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus being the corner stone.
When did Paul write Romans?
- approximately A.D. 57
- between 33/34 - 64/67
Who was Paul's audience?
Where was Paul?
Traveling around Ephesus, Turkey then Corinth, Greece. He was on his 3rd missionary journey.
What was Paul's purpose & goal when writing Romans?
Paul wrote a letter to the Christians in Rome while he was probably in Corinth on his 3rd missionary journey. He wanted to unite the Jewish and Gentile Christians in Rome.
He wanted the church in Rome to become the base of operations from which he could proclaim the gospel in Spain.
His ultimate goal of preaching the gospel is the glory of God. Paul longed for the Gentiles to become obedient Christians for Christ's name.
What is a bond servant?
Doulos - greek word
someone who chooses to serve his Master until death because of agape love.
bought & owned & ruled by his own contemporary. It means utter submission to what pleases him, not what pleases anybody else.
Eternity for the bond servant is marked with glorius rewards at the mercy seat of the Master. (Exo 21:1-6
What is an Apostle?
the primary disciple of Jesus.
What was Romans known for?
It's known to be the unquestionably the most important theological work ever written.
Who killed Jesus?
Pilat - a Roman Governor
General overview of Romans?
Romans deals with a man & his owner & ruler & God.
It's no ordinary letter. It's a history making letter.
It's not about what Paul has done but what was done for him.
Everything Paul touches in this letter he relates to God.
Romans is about God.
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