BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 1, Day 5: Romans 1:16-17

Summary of passage:  The gospel saves those who believe, first the Jew and then the Gentile, bringing righteousness through faith.


12)  “It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”  It reveals “a righteousness from God” through faith.

13)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I’m never ashamed.  However, I do live a cushy life in the United States so I’m sure some of you have a very different experience.  The gospel is for everyone.  All you need is faith.

14)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  I’ve always had faith so it’s hard to me to imagine a life without God by my side. I’ve been blessed indeed.  It’s simple:  with Christ you have life.  Without him you have nothing.  For Paul, realizing that faith in Christ gets him to God changed everything.  He put Christ first.  To him, everything else is garbage.  Christ alone.  That simple.

Conclusions:  You could say this is the crux of the Christian faith, boiled down to two verses.  I love how it’s a faith that has always been there and will always be there.  Awesome!

End Notes:  Paul is not ashamed of the gospel because it is the gospel that saves.  It is power from God.  To have that power all one has to do is believe.

Greeks used here is anyone non-Jewish.

Righteousness is God treating the sinner like he’s not a sinner.  It’s a gift given to those who believe in Christ as God’s Son and Savior.  God’s righteousness, which is the state of being in a right relationship with God.

One thought on “BSF Study Questions Romans Lesson 1, Day 5: Romans 1:16-17

  1. Regarding question #13 about being “ashamed” of the Gospel: As AToZ stated above, how can we possibly be ashamed of the Great News of the Gospel? However, in my younger years, I grew up in a culture that implied religion and politics were not topics of discussion! So for years I was “ashamed” of the Gospel by NOT speaking out. It was more of a SILENCE rather than being vocal about the saving power of the Gospel. I was a “secret agent” in God’s army! Fortunately, the Good Lord convicted me many years ago of the urgency of proclaiming His Gospel to a lost and dying world. It simply became a matter of who was I going to please? Society and man vs. God. My obligation is to present Jesus and the Gospel, as I am but an instrument to be used by God, and then let His power of the Holy Spirit take over to convict people of their need for Him and the Gospel of salvation.


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