The Untitled Section of Romans

Untitled Section (1:1-7)

I find six things that are good to know about your life:

  1. Who you are.  “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus…”  Paul carries the responsibilities and title of an apostle.  Yet, he knows that he is essentially a servant.

  2. What you are called to.  Paul’s job was doing the work of an apostle.  That is, he was spending his life organizing people around spreading the gospel throughout the world.

  3. Who you serve.  Paul served Jesus Christ.  The son of David.  The Christ.  The one whom the Spirit raised from the dead.

  4. What your mission is.  Paul’s mission was to “call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith…” 

  5. To whom you have been sent.  Paul was sent to the Gentiles.  This is important to remember as you study this book that you are part of the target audience.

  6. Why you are involved with specific people.  “You are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus.”  Paul was called to Gentiles in general and his readers specifically.  And, by extension, he is involved with you right now.

Practice questions:

  1. How does verse one describe Paul? (1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—)

  2. Through whom was the gospel promised? (beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures)

  3. How do verses three and four describe Jesus? (3regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[1] was a descendant of David, 4and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[2] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.)

  4. Through Jesus, what have we received? (5Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from  faith for his name’s sake)

  5. According to verse six, who are you? (6And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.)

  6. To whom is the book of Romans addressed? (7To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people)

  7. Four part answer.  From the concluding verse, what did Paul wish and for whom did he wish it?

  8. Which individuals are mentioned? (Paul, David)

  9. Which location is mentioned? (Rome)