Ep. #09 "ROMANS 1-8" [Series: PAUL'S LETTERS]

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Episode: Paul’s Letters Series No. 09 Narrator: Tertius Primary Scriptures: Romans 1-8 Story Summary: Paul’s letter to the churches in Rome Location: Roman Empire; Italy; Rome Time: AD 30 Jesus crucified and resurrected; Pentecost; Holy Spirit arrives AD 48 Paul’s “famine visit” to Jerusalem; First Missionary Journey starts AD 50 Council at Jerusalem; Start of Second Missionary Journey. AD 53 Start of Third Missionary Journey AD 57 Paul writes Romans while in Corinth Suggested Memory Scriptures: Romans 1:16-17, 32; 3:20, 22-23; 5:6, 16, 23; 7:19-20; 8:15-17, 26-27, 28-30, 31, 37-39 There are no exact population figures for the city of Rome in 57 AD, but there were certainly several hundred thousand people living there, and maybe as many as one million. Based on Romans 1:7 and Romans 16, we can surmise there were several house churches in Rome at the time Paul wrote Romans. One of the striking things about Romans is that, unlike many of Paul’s other letters, it does not address false teaching nor specific problems of a church. This could be due to the fact that Rome’s churches had strong leaders such as Priscilla and Aquila. Though we don’t have exact dates, you can think of Romans as being Paul’s celebration of 25 years of being a Christian. He knows exactly what he believes and has had plenty of practice presenting his beliefs...and defending them. Many in Paul’s audience were non-Jews with little background in the Old Testament. These Gentiles had a background of idolatry and licentious living and needed to understand the heritage of the Jews, which included following the law and the promises of God. The Jews had tried to attain righteousness through following the law, but that didn’t work. Paul wanted to explain how both the Jews and Gentiles had become part of the true Israel, people of God, who attained righteousness through faith. Paul begins the letter by explaining that God is righteous but all humans are unrighteous. God provides a way for people to become righteous through Jesus, if it is received by faith. People are either slaves to sin or to righteousness. Romans 8 is a powerful testimony to the power of a Spirit-empowered life, and the future glory that believers will obtain. Perhaps the most comforting verse in the New Testament is found in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Discussion Questions: 1. In Romans 1:18-32, Paul clearly states his beliefs about what kinds of behavior are sinful and evil. Modern society disagrees with much of what Paul says. Do you think Paul’s beliefs are still valid or do you have reasons why they are not? 2. Romans 4:3 refers to Genesis 15:6 and 15:22, which say that Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. How did Abraham demonstrate his belief? How do you demonstrate your belief in God? 3. Romans 4:17 says God calls into being things that were not. What k

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Ep. #09 "ROMANS 1-8" [Series: PAUL'S LETTERS] | FaithChannel Episode: Paul’s Letters Series No. 09 Narrator: Tertius Primary Scriptures: Romans 1-8 Story Summary: Paul’s letter to the churches in Rome Location: Roman Empire; Italy; Rome Time: AD 30 Jesus crucified and resurrected; Pentecost; Holy Spirit arrives AD 48 Paul’s “famine visit” to Jerusalem; First Missionary Journey starts AD 50 Council at Jerusalem; Start of Second Missionary Journey. AD 53 Start of Third Missionary Journey AD 57 Paul writes Romans while in Corinth Suggested Memory Scriptures: Romans 1:16-17, 32; 3:20, 22-23; 5:6, 16, 23; 7:19-20; 8:15-17, 26-27, 28-30, 31, 37-39 There are no exact population figures for the city of Rome in 57 AD, but there were certainly several hundred thousand people living there, and maybe as many as one million. Based on Romans 1:7 and Romans 16, we can surmise there were several house churches in Rome at the time Paul wrote Romans. One of the striking things about Romans is that, unlike many of Paul’s other letters, it does not address false teaching nor specific problems of a church. This could be due to the fact that Rome’s churches had strong leaders such as Priscilla and Aquila. Though we don’t have exact dates, you can think of Romans as being Paul’s celebration of 25 years of being a Christian. He knows exactly what he believes and has had plenty of practice presenting his beliefs...and defending them. Many in Paul’s audience were non-Jews with little background in the Old Testament. These Gentiles had a background of idolatry and licentious living and needed to understand the heritage of the Jews, which included following the law and the promises of God. The Jews had tried to attain righteousness through following the law, but that didn’t work. Paul wanted to explain how both the Jews and Gentiles had become part of the true Israel, people of God, who attained righteousness through faith. Paul begins the letter by explaining that God is righteous but all humans are unrighteous. God provides a way for people to become righteous through Jesus, if it is received by faith. People are either slaves to sin or to righteousness. Romans 8 is a powerful testimony to the power of a Spirit-empowered life, and the future glory that believers will obtain. Perhaps the most comforting verse in the New Testament is found in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Discussion Questions: 1. In Romans 1:18-32, Paul clearly states his beliefs about what kinds of behavior are sinful and evil. Modern society disagrees with much of what Paul says. Do you think Paul’s beliefs are still valid or do you have reasons why they are not? 2. Romans 4:3 refers to Genesis 15:6 and 15:22, which say that Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. How did Abraham demonstrate his belief? How do you demonstrate your belief in God? 3. Romans 4:17 says God calls into being things that were not. What k

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