Romans 1 Lesson

Getting Excited About God!

INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF ROMANS

Paul wrote the Book of Romans in AD 57 near the end of his third missionary journey. At that time, Rome was the most powerful city in the world with a population of more than one million people.

The Book of  Romans is inspiring, and thought-provoking!

About the Book of Romans, Martin Luther said:

“This epistle is the chief part of the New Testament and the very purest gospel.   . . . It can never be read or pondered too much, and the more it is dealt with the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes.” – Martin Luther.

As you read Chapter 1, think about the following words written by The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans:

  • “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 other’s faith, both yours and mine.” - Romans 1:11-12

It is Paul’s excitement that we will be looking at during today’s lesson. As we think about today's lesson, we need to ask ourselves if we too are excited about God?  Do our behaviors indicate that we are? 

BEING EXCITED ABOUT BEING A CHRISTIAN

At the time of Paul’s letter, Rome was the most significant city in the world. And because Paul was selflessly giving of himself to serve the Lord, he probably wanted to go where he could have the most impact.

That is an important thing to think about.   How would you answer the following  two questions?

  1. “What talents do I have that I can put to work for the Lord?"
  2. “Where and how can I use these talents that would bring the most glory to God?”

During His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus preached a parable called, “The Parable Of The Talents.” (Mathew 25:14-29).

Virtual Bible Study’s lesson, “Using Our Talents,” is heavily concentrated on this parable.  During this lesson, we said the following:

  • “What can we learn from the Parable of the Talents? First, it is interesting that the monetary unit of value was called a ‘Talent.’ God gives us each ‘talents’ of value. For some, it is indeed money. For others it is kindness. For others patience, and so on. God wants us to put our talents to work to glorify Him. He was not pleased with the third servant that simply buried his talents and handed them back to his master. In fact, that servant is referred to as ‘wicked’ and ‘lazy.’ Whatever we have been blessed with, God wants us to put it to work. He does not want us to coast by with what we have been given, He wants us to go out and do something!” – Virtual Bible Study

PAUL’S EXAMPLE OF PUTTING GOD FIRST

In Acts 9, we read about Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. After speaking with Jesus (who blinded Paul), Paul obeyed Jesus and went to Damascus. It was here that Ananias laid his hands on Paul and said:

  • “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 9:17.

If we read on to the next verse, we see that the next thing Paul did was to get baptized:

  • “And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; and he took food and was strengthened.” – Acts 9:18.

Paul believed. And then he acted!

That is the type of excitement that God wants us to have as we live our lives and strive to glorify Him (not ourselves).

That is His greatest commandment!

  • “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.” –  Mathew 22:37-38.

CONCLUSION

Being a follower of Jesus and a child of God is something to be excited about!  Following God's plan is something that will comfort us, bring us peace, and give our lives meaning like never before!  That is also something to be excited about!  

We will end today’s lesson with an excerpt from Virtual Bible Study's lesson entitled, “Loving God With All Our Heart, Mind, And Soul:

"Loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind should be exhausting. Jesus did not say, 'Love God with some of your heart, and with a portion of your soul, and with part of your mind,' He said, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'" -  Mathew 22:37.

We do not want to enter Judgment Day fully rested having coasted to the finish line. We want to look back and be able to say that we have given all that we had to give.

We will end today’s lesson with the following words spoken by Paul in his second letter to Timothy. These are the same words that we hope to be able to say ourselves on that vital day:

  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. ” -2 Timothy 4:7-8.

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Dan W

This passage explains a lot about the state of this world. Those that are determined to do their own thing, in rebellion to God's Word will find that God will let them pursue it to let them see for themselves how bad things can get. Today it seems that the world isn't learning, but perhaps we are in the middle of God's process of working things out to His glory.

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Dan W

This passage explains a lot about the state of this world. Those that are determined to do their own thing, in rebellion to God's Word will find that God will let them pursue it to let them see for themselves how bad things can get. Today it seems that the world isn't learning, but perhaps we are in the middle of God's process of working things out to His glory.

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Betsy
Dan W

You are so right. The final verses in this chapter describe us to the T and God haven given us free will is allowing us to just did a deeper hole everyday. It’s seems evident that His purpose is clear. We should be living each day like it is our last because it certainly could be.

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Pat Dermody

Talk about diversification! Paul was trying to reach people who extended from one end of the Roman Empire to the other. He was trying to reach Jews, the Chosen ones , who abided by the law and Gentiles who did not. Paul goes on to demonstrate that the Jews were not following the law and the gentiles who should have learned about God from observing the greatness of His creation were not obeying God either. They all sinned by worshipping what God had created rather than God. Ultimately, in verse 17 “ It is through faith that a righteous person has life. “ This faith is shown by the love we give to others and this gives glory to God.

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John
Pat Dermody

Great points. Thanks for sharing!

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Ben

I especially appreciate verse 20. We cannot God but we can see what he has made, powerful evidence that he exists. Psalm 19 is a beautiful backup.

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John
Ben

Makes me think of the ocean.

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Dan

I like the connection you made regarding feeding on God's Word and spiritual gifts. Although I do not believe there are miraculous gifts of the spirit for us today, there are talents, abilities and opportunities that God gives us to use to His glory. We will see these things as we are connected to His Word because it tells us of His will. If we know the will of God as He has revealed it, we will also see our abilites to service Him.

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John
Dan

Amen Brother! Thanks for sharing!!

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John

I always think of the pilot on an airplane that tells us to put the oxygen mask on ourselves before assisting others in the event of a loss in cabin pressure.

We need to take care of ourselves spiritually, and make sure that we are being fed and growing in our knowledge of the Lord. This is a necessity if we are going to fulfill the Great Commission and bring the message of Christ to the world.

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tommy

I love the Bible! It might sound silly, but it reminds me to be the good person that I want to be, and that God wants me to be. Between 24 hour news and social media, I see so much negativity and the bad qualities of people. I believe that if more people were in God's word everyday, our kindness would come out more often. Thanks for spreading the Gospel!

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