There is absolutely no substitute for reading and rereading God’s Word. Our problem today is that we spend a few minutes reading through the Bible each day and spend hours pouring over commentaries reading what other people say about a verse or passage. If we will learn to reverse the process, we will be wonderfully amazed by all that God will show us. We will begin to see that God is no respecter of persons, but that He reveals His truth, by His Spirit, to those who diligently seek Him! Our plan for this devotional series is to read through the epistle of Romans over a period of about five months. There are sixteen chapters in this epistle and we will aim to cover one chapter a week. This will of course vary depending on the length of each chapter. Each daily devotional will include:
- Scriptures to read– The Scriptures that accompany the readings will come from the English Standard Version (ESV).
- Questions to answer– These questions are to be used as a guideline to help you to work through the verses each day. The point is for you to engage with the passage and to make your own observations based on what you have read. It will serve you well to get a notebook and to get into the habit of jotting down your thoughts.
- At the end of each chapter we will summarize our observations by completing a table called “Romans at a glance”.
If you miss a day or two don’t be discouraged. Pick up from where you last read or soldier on from the present day. The key to growing spiritually is being disciplined and consistent. If you choose to follow along with the daily devotionals please feel free to share your insights with us. Let me leave you with this word of encouragement as your embark on your journey through this epistle.
O Beloved, what a tremendous experience awaits you as you study this foundational book! Romans is the constitution of your faith! To understand Romans is to understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. The entire New Testament rests on the truths of Romans. What a blessing will be yours as you work your way through this treatise of the faith! You will be thrilled as you see through the eyes of the apostle Paul the nature of man, his depravity, his fallen state, and his Creator who makes the way of redemption– Precept Austin Ministries
Imagine meeting a couple from Kazakhstan, leading them to Christ, and discipling them for a few weeks. Then imagine them going back home and winning several dozen other Kazaks to Christ. Then you hear from them that they need a good, comprehensive summation of the Christian faith. Other than just sending them a Bible what would you write? This is what Paul aimed to do in this letter.
SCRIPTURES TO READ: Romans 15:18-28
18 For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, 19 in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; 21 but as it is written, “THEY WHO HAD NO NEWS OF HIM SHALL SEE, AND THEY WHO HAVE NOT HEARD SHALL UNDERSTAND.” 22 For this reason I have often been prevented from coming to you; 23 but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you 24 whenever I go to Spain—for I hope to see you in passing, and to be helped on my way there by you, when I have first enjoyed your company for a while— 25 but now, I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 27 Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have finished this, and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of you to Spain.
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:
1. Has Paul visited Rome yet at the time of writing this letter? (Vv23-24)
2. When Paul says “for this reason I have been prevented from coming to you” what reason is he referring to exactly? (V22)
3. When does Paul plan on going to visit the church in Rome? (Vv24-26)