What’s So Good About The Good News? – Part 2

“WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT THE GOOD NEWS? – Pt. 2”

[WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? Romans 1:8-16]

REVIEW/INTRO: No book in the Bible explains what the good news is all about more thoroughly than Romans.

I. PAUL’S HEART FOR THE ROMAN BELIEVERS (1: 8– 15).

  1. Paul’s thanks for the Roman believers (v. 8). For what or who do you give thanks (1Thess. 5:18; Ps. 136:1)?
  2. Paul’s prayers for the Roman believers (v. 9). You don’t always have to pray for extended periods of time in order   to have positive results (Eph. 1:15-16; 1Thess. 1:2; Phi. 1:4)! Who do you make mention of without ceasing in your prayers?
  3. Paul’s desire to visit the Roman believers (vv. 10-15).
    1. The principles of impartation:
      1. Anointings and giftings can be imparted (Eph. 4:11-12; Heb. 6:2; Num. 11:16-17, 24-25; Deut. 34:9)
      2. God has to be directing it.
      3. Those receiving must be called to do something with it and respond accordingly.
    2. The principle of mutual encouragement (v. 12).
    3. Opposition doesn’t mean it’s not God’s will (v. 13).
    4. The gospel is for everyone (v. 14)!

II. THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, ROMANS’ THEME (1: 16– 17).

  1. Paul wasn’t ashamed of the gospel of Christ (Mt. 10:32-33).
  2. What is the gospel of Christ (v. 16b)?
    1. The good news about Christ.
    2. The power of God leading to salvation – wholeness in every area of life, especially spiritually.
    3. For everyone who believes (not works or performs).
      1. To believe is to entrust your life to Christ (Eph. 2:8-9).
    4. Reveals the righteousness of God (v. 17; 4:6).
    5. Experienced by faith (vv. 16-17).
      1. “just” – a guilty one who has been acquitted and declared righteous.

CONCLUSION: How much of this good news are you walking in? Are there still some areas of your life that need salvation?