THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS
Last week we opened our study of the Epistle to the Romans with a look at Romans 1:1-7. This week, let us continue to look at the beginning of this great work from the Apostle Paul by reading carefully and prayerfully Romans 1:8-15 and then answer the following questions from our second Bible Study Assignment from Romans:
In Romans 1:8, Paul writes that he was thankful for the Christians in Rome because “your faith is being reported all over the world.” What and where do you believe Paul is thinking about when he says “all over the world?”
In Romans 1:9-10, Paul says that he is praying for the Roman Christians even though he had never met them. Do you pray for people you don’t know personally? Can you name some?
In Romans 1:10, Paul tells them that he prays that “now at last” he would finally be able to get to Rome. Did Paul ever get to Rome? How do you know from the Scriptures?
We can almost hear Paul’s voice saying with such emotion in Romans 1:11 that “I long to see you.” Who do you think Paul wanted to see so badly in Rome? Where in the Bible can you show us who they were?
In Romans 1:12, Paul says that he and the Roman Christians would be mutually encouraged “by each other’s faith.” How do you think the faith of the Christians in Rome would encourage Paul? Are you encouraged by the faith of other Christians, today?
Paul says in Romans 1:13 that he wanted to go to Rome many times but had been “prevented from doing so until now.” Why do you think it had taken Paul so long to go to Rome?
In the NIV, Paul says in Romans 1:14, that he was indebted to the “Greeks and the non-Greeks” but the King James Version says Greeks and Barbarians! Who was Paul calling Barbarians? Why does the KJV call them such a name?
Also in Romans 1:14, Paul says he was obligated to the “wise and the foolish.” Who do you think meant by the foolish and who were the wise?
Since was Paul was clearly saying in Romans 1:14 that he was obligated to preach and teach the wise and the foolish, does the Church today seem to have that same sense of obligation to preach and teach all people? Can you give examples of yes or no?
In the NIV Paul says in Romans 1:15 that he was “eager” to see the Christian Romans and the KJV says he was “ready” to see them. Why do you think Paul was so eager and ready to see these Roman Christians?
Paul declares in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.” What do you think Paul meant by this statement?
Paul quotes an Old Testament prophet when he wrote that “The just shall live by faith.” Who is the prophet and where is his quote in the Old Testament? What was the context and meaning of the quote then and for Paul?
QUESTION FOR ALL: Paul gives five pieces of evidence from Romans 1:8-15 that showed how much he was concerned about the believers in Rome. Can you summarize these five pieces of evidence? Why do you think they were so important?