Monday Morning: 11 Mar 2019 – Romans 1:1-17 ~ Good News about Jesus Christ

Monday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 1:1-17 (NLT)

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

God’s Good News

Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.

One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles. For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike. So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
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Morning Reflection:

The Apostle Paul begins his letter to the Romans by describing his motivation –

This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,
chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.

– Romans 1:1

and describing his message –

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ.
It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes
— the Jew first and also the Gentile.
This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight.
This is accomplished from start to finish by faith.
As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

– Romans 1:16-17.

The Good News about Jesus Christ is the theme of the entire letter. Here’s a preview:

+ It’s a gift of God’s grace through faith, and we are indebted to God for having received it.

+ It’s an inexhaustible truth, so vast that we can spend our whole lives exploring its riches.

+ It reveals God’s standards of holiness – as revealed by the Law; by his condemnation of sin; by the way in which he saves us by faith; and by pouring out his wrath on the Lord Jesus, so that sin’s penalty is paid.

+ It’s a part of God’s eternal plan and purpose, which is still being worked out.

+ It’s the means by which God’s power is implemented so as to save everyone who believes.

+ It’s both the message by which we enter into salvation; and the motivation and the means by which our salvation is lived out.

+ It’s revealed “from faith to faith” – beginning with saving faith, and initiating a life characterized by an ever-growing faith.

Questions for your consideration:

  • When did Jesus Christ become more than just a name to you? Please explain. If you are not sure, please click on this link – PeaceWithGod.net .
  • Has the Good News about Jesus Christ changed your life? Yes, No, Maybe? Please explain.
  • When you consider this preview of Romans, what perplexes you? Please explain.
  • When you consider this preview of Romans, what encourages you? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Gracious God: Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, so that we can be made right with you. Open our hearts, our minds, and our spirits to receive all that you have in store for us as we begin reading through the Book of Romans. Make us joyful witnesses to the Good News about Jesus Christ, that we might love him and serve him wholeheartedly, and grow in faith and practice. I ask this in Jesus’ name and for his glory. Amen.
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“I’m Not Ashamed” – Jeremy Camp

You are the fullness of the beauty I seek
You are the healer of the broken and weak

Even though few may stand and proclaim Your great name
It’s the life I want to live
I’m convinced, there is none like You

I’m not ashamed of the Gospel
I’m not ashamed of Jesus Christ
I will stand and boldly say
This is my life, whoa

You are the author of salvation and faith
You are the victory that conquered the grave
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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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