Romans 1 Lesson

We need encouragement!

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 over one million inhabitants.   Martin Luther wrote of Romans:

“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.”

Paul had wanted to visit Rome for some time.   The following scripture gives us two of the reasons that Paul wanted to go to Rome:

  • “That I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.” – Romans 1:12. 

Paul wanted to encourage the Romans and he wanted to be encouraged himself.

When we fly on an airline, the flight attendant instructs us about what to do if the plane suddenly loses cabin pressure.   We are told to put our own oxygen mask on first, before helping others.     The reason is clear, we cannot help others if we have not taken care of ourselves.  

In this life, Christians are going to suffer.   The Bible tells us this:

  • “Indeed, all who want to live in a godly way in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” – 2 Timothy 3:12.  

  • “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.” – 1 Peter 4:12.

We also know that our suffering on earth is nothing compared to the heavenly joy that awaits those who follow Jesus.    

  • “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18.

All of us can be an encouragement to others.   Encouraging others is a great way to show love for our neighbor.   It is the right thing to do, it feels good to do it, and last but not least, God commands us to do it!   Consider the following scriptures:

  • “Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you also are doing.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

  • “Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but if there is any good word for edification according to the need of the moment, say that, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” - Ephesians 4:29.

  • “Let us consider how to encourage one another in love and good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24.

The Apostle Paul wanted to encourage the Romans by teaching them about Jesus.   He also was wise enough to know that he needed their encouragement as well.  

We all need to be encouraged, and we all need to encourage others.   With God’s help, a little encouragement can go a long way!   Sometimes, it is the small gesture that has the biggest impact.   We should never underestimate what God can do with a simple text, phone call, visit, kind word, or hug.  

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.” - Proverbs 12:25.

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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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