Over the past 16 months, we have preached through the book of Romans at Wildwood Community Church. The 43 sermons walked us verse by verse through Romans 1:1 – 16:27. We arranged our study in 9 different series, represented in the graphic above. It is our hope that these 9 divisions will help you remember the truth God has given us inside Paul’s masterful Epistle.
Below is a a summary of Romans in a single paragraph, using the series titles as keywords:
There is Good News for people everywhere! This good news (or gospel) shows the power of God which is able to deliver salvation to those who believe. In Christ, the righteousness of God is given to sinful people like you and me. We receive this gracious gift of salvation NOT by our works, but by faith. This is the way it has always been in God’s economy. From Abraham to Christ (the ABC’s of Faith), we have seen that the righteous live by faith. When we come into a relationship with God by faith, we are Set Free from sin’s necessary rule in our lives. We now have a choice to live out a new life in Christ. However, there is a problem. As we try to live out our new life in Christ, we do so inside the old address of our flesh. Therefore, we need the Holy Spirit to empower us to live a truly Spiritual Life, walking with the God who loves us. Now, if our hope is tied to God and His work in our lives, how do we know He will be faithful to make good on His promises? We find out the faithfulness of God by looking at the way He has dealt with other members of His spiritual Family Tree. By seeing how God has been faithful to His children Israel, we can have faith that He will make good on His promises to us as well. Once we realize all that God has done for us in Christ, we want to respond and Aim our lives – pointed towards His purpose for us, laying down our lives as a living sacrifice before Him. As we do this, we will live out our lives in a secular world but inside of His sovereignty as we live in Nations Under God. We are truly to honor our government, but we are to Walk in Love with our fellow Christian, limiting our freedoms to not tear down our brother or sister who Christ is building up. All this knowledge of Christ leads to our involvement with Christ in His great Co:Mission, taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The Gospel is the power of God that is able to strengthen us . . . and those around us. Given this incredible truth, it is not a surprise that Paul ends praising God – “to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen!” (Romans 16:27)
Let us thank God together for the power of the Gospel — the Good News of Jesus Christ!