Witnessing Through The Book of Romans

Using Romans As A Witnessing Resource

The Book of Romans was written by the Apostle Paul most likely from Corinth around 55-56 AD. Paul spent around three months at Corinth at the end of his third missionary journey. The reason for Paul writing this book was manifold. He wanted to announce that he was planning on visiting Rome after he returned to Jerusalem. Furthermore, he wanted to present a complete and detailed statement of the Gospel which he so boldly proclaimed. He also wanted to address the tensions that had been built up between the Jewish and the Gentile believers in the Christian community at Rome. As Paul went about his missionary journeys, he was harassed by Judaizers who followed him from city to city to lead new believers in Jesus Christ away from the true liberty of the Gospel and back into the bondage of the Law (Galatians 5:1). Paul therefore emphasized the historical and chronological priority of the Jews, stressed the advantage of being a Jew, and pointed out that since HE is the only true God, HE therefore is the God of the Gentiles as well as the Jews (Romans 3:29). Paul then stated that both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin and both alike need to be saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through His redemptive and propitiatory sacrifice by His blood on the cross. Paul also pointed out that since Israel leaders rejected God’s Son as the Messiah; God has temporarily stopped His specific program for Israel and extended His grace to the entire human race (Romans 9-11). The theme of the Book of Romans is righteousness. This righteousness is God Himself and His righteousness possesses and manifests itself through all of God’s actions. It is also the righteousness that God offers to all humans only by grace through faith. Righteousness is imputed to all who trust in the finished work of Christ and wherefore they become justified in God’s sight. An outline of the Book of Romans can be seen as: Salutation and Theme (1:1-17) Justification (1:18-5:21) Sanctification (6:1-8:17) Glorification (8:18-39) Israel’s Divine Purpose (9:1-11:36) Application of Righteousness (12:1-15:13) Conclusion (15:14-16:27) Based on the premise of Salvation is needed; Salvation has been provided; Salvation must be accepted, let’s look at a few of the verses from this incredible Book and find some nuggets to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ… Salvation is needed: 3:10-12: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: [11] There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. [12] They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Salvation has been provided: 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Salvation must be accepted: 10:9-13: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. [12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.