Today, I want to give a quick overview of the book of Romans. The book of Romans is Paul’s magnum opus to all of the books that he wrote in the New Testament. Paul fills the entire book with so much practical application for believers and for the church that it is practical for 1st Century A.D. church as it is for the 21th Century church. The reason why I am talking about this is because our student ministry at FKBC is starting this book series this Friday and I will be co-leading different chapters of the book of Romans. It is also my favorite book in the Bible.
The first three chapters of Romans, Paul talks about righteousness and how that God will punish the righteous and the unrighteous but discusses about how that the gospel is God’s power for salvation through faith. Romans 4-6, Paul talks about faith and how that Christ is the fulfillment of the promise that God gave to Abraham. Paul also talks about that Jesus Christ is the second Adam and how the way that he defeated sin and death and made us to be alive in Christ. Romans 7 can be described in skateboarding move called a Backside 180 kickflip shown in this video below:
So, why do I describe Romans 7 in skateboarding terms? The first 13 verses of Romans 7 are very straightforward but then in verses 14-25, the Backside 180 happens. Paul discusses about his struggles with sin. There are so many different viewpoints from many different Christian scholars about these controversial verses. If you want to know more, Google Romans 7 controversy. Romans 8 is taking the backside 180 and reversing it into a Frontside 180. Romans 8 is one of the most important chapters in the Bible and New Testament. To summarize Romans 8 into three words: Everything is Awesome. I know.
Romans 9-11 can be described as a 540 Taekwondo kick shown in the video below:
Why do I describe these three chapters as a kick? When you read the book of Romans together, these three chapters can kick you in the face. Paul decides to remind us of God’s promises to the nation of Israel especially in their times of unbelief and disobedience. As my former College/Young Adults Pastor Duane has described these three chapters as a giant parentheses because Paul in Romans 12 picks up where he left off at the end of Romans 8.
Romans 12 is another important chapter in the New Testament and the Bible. Paul talks about the role of our gifts and talents for serving and growing believers in the church. This is one of the easiest, fastest, and straightforward chapters to read in the Bible.
Romans 13 and 14 talks about the way that Christians are to submit to authority, love our fellow believers in Christ and love one another with out judgement, and not causing our fellow believers to stumble. Romans 15 verses 1-13 talk about how we have an amazing example of Christ to follow and strive to be Christ-like. Romans 15:14 to the end of Romans 16, Paul talks about how they way that Christ continues to work in him in reaching all of the nations in the 1st Century A.D. and thanks all of the fellow believers in Christ who are working in churches in that time frame.
Thank you for reading this quick overview of the book of Romans. Like, comment, and follow The World of Leo. See you next time.