By Pastor Rachel
1. Introduction of Romans
2. Overview of Romans
The author of this book is Paul. It is believed that the approximate date of the letter is AD 56. Writing to the Christians in Rome, a predominantly Gentile church who were not Paul's converts, Paul stresses the guilt of mankind, the Jewish heritage in the Scriptures and in Jesus, and God’s righteousness.
3. Paul’s Greetings
Paul begins by introducing himself as a slave of Christ Jesus and talking about his calling as an apostle commissioned to proclaim the gospel of God. He explained that salvation was promised through the prophets long ago. The church of Rome needed to be reminded that the gospel is an ancient message of God’s plan for his creation for both the Jews and the Gentiles, and that Jesus was born of the seed of David according to the flesh and declared to be the son of God. Paul moves on to the call shared by every Christian: a calling to be the church, to be the servant of God, to proclaim the good news, and to live a holy life.
At the end of his greeting, Paul combines expressions from Jewish and Gentile customs: the Jews wish each other peace and the Gentiles wish each other grace. Paul wants his readers to experience God’s grace and peace in their daily living.
Will you ask God to be your master? Will you take the mission task? May grace and peace be with you. Amen.