What We Learn About God From Romans 1&2

Walking Through Romans

“In Need of a Savior”

This post goes along with the lessons posted at the end of this writing.

WooHoo!! We are half way through our study in Romans Part One! It has been an amazing walk. We have learned so much from the apostle Paul! And we are only in chapter 2!

Today we are going to go back into chapters 1 & 2 and walk through these passages again, but this time we are going to draw our attention to the attributes of God and what we learn about Christ and the Holy Spirit.

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Are You Encouraged when You Know You’re Being Prayed for?

I can imagine the encouragement and the joy the believers of Rome must have felt as they read or heard the apostle Paul had mentioned them in his prayers. I know when I find out someone has prayed for me it increases my faith and builds me up.

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When Paul wrote this letter to the believers in Rome the gospel was under attack. People were twisting it to suit their own preferences. There were those who taught that salvation was by works not by faith. Still others were using the grace of God as a license to live any way they pleased. It would be easy to get discouraged or even question your own beliefs of the Gospel message. Does any of this sound familiar? We could almost lay these attacks of the Gospel on our own time line in history and they would fit perfectly. The writer of Ecclesiastes says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” If we have been around for a while we know that his words ring true.

That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9.

 

Let’s look at the prayer that Paul prayed in Romans 1:8-10.

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. For God whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you, always in my prayers making requests, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you.” 

*First we see that Paul was thanking God through Jesus Christ for all the believers in Rome. Because of the finished work of Jesus Christ we have direct communication with God ourselves. Paul approached the throne of grace with confidence. You and I can do the same!

He was thanking God for their faith. What a faith they had, in the midst of attacks and persecution their faith was being proclaimed throughout the whole world. Oh, how I desire that I have that kind of faith! How I desire that the church, the bride of Christ, would have that kind of faith! Can you imagine the Glory that would be shown to God if we exercised this kind of faith in our day. And the encouragement believers every where would receive from each others faith.

I want to be an encourager through my faith and trust in Jesus Christ. No matter what is going on in the world in which I live. I have asked God to show me the faith of other believers of our day. He has been faithful in answering that prayer. What a joy and faith builder it has been!

*Second we see Paul praying, “if by the will of God,” he would be able to go and be with the believers in Rome. Think about this for a minute. Paul was praying for people he had never met. We are taught in 1 John 4:7-11 that one of the signs of a true believer is love for the brethren. Paul is a great example of one who loved the brethren.

Our church family supports a missionary family from Bangladesh. I can understand the love Paul had for the believers of Rome because God has placed such a great love for this family in our hearts. The love and bond that God places in the hearts of believers is an amazing thing! It truly is hard to put into words.

Paul Longs to See The Believers in Rome!

For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the others faith, both yours and mine. Romans 1:11-12

*Third we see Paul pray that he may visit the saints in Rome so that each can be encouraged by the others faith. This passage reminds me of what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12 ,and Ephesians 4 concerning spiritual gifts. These gifts are given for the equipping of the saints, for works of service and for the building up of the body of Christ.

Each one of us is to use our gifts in accordance to the grace that has been to us through the Holy Spirit.

I pray that each of us remember this as we prepare to come together each Sunday as the body of Christ! May our services erupt with praise and worship to God as we exercise our gifts in honor of Him!

*Fourth we see Paul prays for and desires to obtain fruit among the believers. This could mean that Paul prayed that he would have opportunity to witness to  the un-saved. Through the preaching and teaching of the gospel he would lead them to Christ. It could also mean that through the preaching of this same gospel that the believers in Rome would grow in maturity in the faith. Believers are characterized in Scriptures as those who are continually growing and maturing in the faith.

After reading this small passage of Scripture has it encouraged you to be a prayer warrior for your brothers and sisters in Christ?

Lisa

 

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A Letter of Love to the Beloved of God!

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“Among whom you also are called of Jesus Christ; to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints; Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

I am old enough to remember when we received letters and cards in the mail. I could not wait to receive a Birthday card from my Granny Wood. She always remembered my birthday and she always put a 1 dollar bill in the card. I felt so special. I was not the only one she did this for. She sent cards to all of her grandkids and great grandkids. I am sure every one of them felt as special as I did. Think of how much love she had for her grandkids and her great grandkids, then think of the Love, Grace, and Mercy that the God of heaven and earth has for His Beloved! It is a little hard to comprehend isn’t it?

I remember getting letters in the mail from Roy, who is now my husband. He was in college and I was back at home. We could not see each other often but we could write a letter. I remember waiting anxiously for a letter to come. Oh, the expectation and the joy when it finally arrived! I still pull them out at times and read them. They bring back so many good memories!

The entire bible could be called a love letter from God to His Beloved. We are waiting anxiously for Christ to return and take us home with Him, but until that day comes we have the Bible. God’s love letter to us. I hope you cannot wait to get up everyday and sit with your Bible open reading His love words to you!

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We know that the apostle Paul is the man who literally penned this letter. But, we also know that he wrote this letter guided by the Holy Spirit. Paul has, without error, written everything down that comes from the heart of God.

Beloved! We are Loved of God!

In this Romans passage Paul uses three adjectives to describe the believers, “The Beloved of God,” in Jesus Christ:

  • Called
  • Saints
  • Beloved

CALLED:

Romans 1:1 and 1:5 teach us that God had a specific call on Paul’s life to serve Him as an apostle. God equipped him with His grace to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ among the Gentiles.

The same Grace that called and equipped Paul is the same Grace, Beloved, that calls and equips you and me.

Paul’s call was a call of God for a specific vocation. In Paul’s case it was Apostleship. He was called and equipped to lay the foundation of the church by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ among the Gentiles and among the Jews. God has equipped each of us with a different vocation. It could be to the work of a Mother, a teacher, a writer…etc.  God gives gifts to each of us, ‘The Beloved.” God has bestowed these gifts to be used for the edification of the church, the Bride of Christ.

We are not only called to a specific vocation but this calling is what also brought us into fellowship with Jesus Christ. Remember Paul’s “Road to Damascus” experience? If we are a believer in Jesus Christ we have had our own, “Road to Damascus,” experience or calling.

Our calling into salvation and into our vocation is a call to worship. Beloved, along with God’s Amazing grace comes great privilege. But, it also comes with responsibility. A responsibility to go into the church, the world, and our own quiet place with the gospel.

BELOVED:

The Greek word for Beloved is: AGAPETOS  from AGAPAO: to love, AGAPE:unconditional love borne by spirit, means beloved, dear, very much-loved.

God the Father repeatedly uses AGAPETOS (beloved) to describe His Son Jesus Christ! He also uses that same word to describe us, His adopted children!!!

Notice that in Romans 1:7  Paul uses the words, “are beloved of God”.  The word, “Are” is used in the present tense which indicates we are continually being loved by God. If we have believed and placed our God given faith in the Lord Jesus Christ we are always being loved by God! Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. {Romans 8:35-39}

SAINTS:

Really, I would never refer to myself as a saint. I know myself too well! It’s funny, God knows me better than I know myself and He calls me a saint!

In the context of Romans 1:7 a person who was set apart from the world and consecrated to God is named a saint by God! He makes and declares us sacred, holy, blessed, and sanctified. I am not a saint because of anything that is in me or for anything that I do.  God declares that I am a saint through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. That is Amazing Grace! This work of setting apart and sanctification is a work of God through the power of the Holy Spirit, which is accomplished through the work of Jesus Christ.

Beloved, let’s praise and worship God today with the love, the mercy ,and the gifts He has given to us!

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lisa

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Romans Study { Introduction}

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Welcome to our first online study! I am so excited to walk through the book of Romans with you. From September 7th-November 13th, we will be walking through the first three chapters of this book. My goal and desire is to work through all 16 chapters! Yes, you heard it right, 16 chapters! This journey will take several weeks, but it is one that I believe will be well worth the work and effort put into it. Do not worry, I will be here with you all the way:

Praying for you,

Encouraging you,

 Learning right beside you!

The Purpose of Bible Study:

To know God, the One True God. To have an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ and to live a transformed life. To teach the gospel to ourselves so that we grow in grace and truth. To share the gospel with a lost and dying world.

The book of Romans is a clear explanation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As children of the most high God we need to dedicate ourselves to the study of His word. It is as important to preach the gospel to ourselves as it is to preach and teach it to a lost and dying world. The Gospel today, just as it was in the day of Paul, is under attack. Only a true and clear explanation of the gospel can refute those who contradict it. I believe Romans is a great place to start.

 

 How this works:

I said earlier I would be right beside you! For 10 weeks (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), I will write a post that I pray will help explain the verses we have been studying through for the week. These posts will not walk through each question. It will give an overview and application for the verses studied.

Prayer, Observation, Interpretation, and Application will get us through this study.

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Lessons: 

  • Your first lesson will be posted in a PDF format on Monday, August 31st. On the 31st, I will also post a PDF for all 10 lessons. You choose how you would like to print them. Every Monday at the end of that post there will be a PDF copy for the next weeks lesson. ( You can choose not to print the lessons. Just write the answers in a note book).
  • I greatly encourage you to work through the lessons and not just read the posts. This is your time with God. Let Him teach you and train you!
  • Each lesson is written to take you through each verse of every chapter. Sometimes you will be taken to other parts of Scripture to help with the interpretation of the text. Remember, Scripture interprets Scripture!
  • We will also be doing word studies. You may be asking, “Why do I need to know what a word means?” Word studies get us deeper into the word of God. Sometimes we think we know what a word means, and we really do not. It has been my experience that after I have studied a word, I have a greater understanding of what is being taught. I have also learned more and more of the Amazing Grace of God! It is well worth the time and effort to look words up. I recommend using a Strongs Concordance. If you do not have one, no problem. I have placed a link for one  in the side bar of this site.
  • Each lesson is designed to be worked through in a week. You decide how you want to walk through the questions. I do recommend spacing the questions out. We do not want to rush through the word. We need to ponder and pray for teaching from the Holy Spirit.

Reading Plan:

I want to encourage you to read through the book of Romans each week. Daily reading will familiarize you with the context of the book. If you read this book weekly, by the end of the study you may have memorized the entire book! How wonderful would that be. You will be able to say with the Psalmist:

“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against you.”

Psalm 119:11

  • Here is a suggested reading plan. You may also download and copy this plan. I will be reminding you to read through the book each week.

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 Click: Romans Weekly Reading Plan for PDF download.

Do it Alone or Start a Group

This study can be done on your own, or you can grab a few friends and do it with a group. Either way is great!

Please Enroll!

Enrollment in this study is not required but I do ask that you enroll. I want to pray for you and know who is doing the study. Thanks!

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Join the discussion!

Please start a discussion by posting questions or making comments on the post! We Are all in this together. Let’s encourage and pray for each other through this study!

Share with your friends and family!

Please tell your friends, your ladies groups and neighbors. Lets form a community of women who desire to Conform To The Truth!

I ask for prayer and grace as I launch this  first on-line study! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at conformingtothetruth@gmail.com

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Do You Know the Gospel?

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If I asked you to explain the gospel to me, could you? I posed this question to the women who attend my home Bible Study class. After a few minutes of silence, the response from over half the room was, “NO.” I posed this same question to my children and a few friends who were with us.And once again, after a few minutes of silence, they responded, “NO.”

Alarming?

There was a time that,  as a Christian,  I would not have been able to explain much about the gospel.  Did I know who Christ was? Yes! Did I know why I needed Him to save me? Yes! But to go into a conversation or be able to explain it in a systematic way- I could not. You see, the cross of Christ is much broader than  “He died, and shed His blood for my soul”.

Please, I mean no disrespect at all. Because His death and shed blood are central, but that is not all there is to the cross.

I believe one of many reasons we cannot explain it is because we have not dug into the word of God in search of all the truths that it holds. For me, I relied on what my parents and teachers taught me. When all you do is listen and thereby not search for truths on your own, there is a lot you will not understand

I believe Christians walk around all day without a good understanding of what God, through Christ, has done.

  • Their joy is not complete.
  • They stay confused and feel defeated…etc.
  • Why? They do not have a good grasp of the Cross.

The book of Romans gives a clear explanation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of you may be saying, “yeah, right”. I am sure a clear explanation can be found if you can get through all the wordiness of Paul. This was my response when I felt God tug at my heart to do this study. Romans- are you kidding me! I ask “My Lord! Do you know how much doctrine and teaching are in this book? Controversial teaching at that! Oh, yeah, You do! You breathed it!”

I have written several studies over the course of the last few years. Romans has amazed me! I have learned more about the gospel than I could have ever imagined. God has taught and is teaching me so many things. If I had not settled into Romans I would not know the things I do now. Can I sit and explain the gospel to you? Yes! Today I can with confidence! A confidence that I have never had before.  Why the confidence? Because He has taught me. Praise God!

I understand things about justification, sanctification, redemption, regeneration…etc, that I never knew. I had never even heard some of the words before! Again, you might be asking “Why is it so important to know what justification, sanctification, redemption, and regeneration is?”

ANSWER: To know the amazing gift of the Cross! 

Starting Monday September 7th. I will be hosting a “First Time Ever” online Bible Study in the book of Romans. These lessons have been studied through with a wonderful, amazing group of women and teenage girls. We meet at my home once a week for study and accountability. We will study 10 weeks through the first 3 chapters of Romans. ( While we study on line, my home group will be studying through part 2 of Romans.) Online group will start Part 2 after Thanksgiving!

You will be able to print out a lesson that I have written for each chapter and each verse of that same chapter. ( I will get it out the week before the Study starts.)

Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I will be posting a blog that will, I pray, encourage and guide you through the questions that I have written.  The question will be posted at the end of each post. You can chose to  download a PDF copy of the lesson or just read through the questions and answer them on a separate sheet of paper. I will also have available the entire 10 weeks lessons in one PDF if you chose to copy them all at once. Your choice. By the way did I mention they are FREE!!! I just ask that you not alter them in any way:)

Please be on the look out for more details that are coming!

Also please share this with your friends, family, and churches. Let’s form a community of women who desire to know the God of the Bible and who wants Him to conform us to the truths of His word.

I also covet your prayers as this gets started! May glory and honor be brought to God through the study of His word:)

Learning Beside You,

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