Paul wrote to the church in Rome to remind them that God’s grace saved them from their sins. Now they can experience this salvation through faith in God and not by works.
When Paul wrote this letter from a town named Corinth, he had not visited the church in Rome yet. Paul looks forward to visiting the church in Rome and in his letter he instructs them on 3 subjects:
First, Paul reminds the Romans that apart from faith, all the world is condemned because of their sin. Believers are saved by faith in Jesus and not by their own works. The Christian’s loving response to God is obedience but this does not save them.
Second, Paul tells the Jews that they have always been a special part of God’s plan. His mercy toward them in the Old Testament even when they rejected God showed His love toward them. He also writes that God’s plan always included the Gentiles. A Gentile is someone who is not Jewish.
Finally, Paul explains how the church should act towards God, each other and the government.
Key New Testament Kid’s Application:
- Ask your children if there is anything they could do in order to make God love them more. If they begin listing things, ask them how much is enough? Remind them that God has always loved them completely and that there is nothing they could do to increase that. Also remind them God’s gift of salvation is a free gift based only upon what Jesus did for us. We receive that gift only by trusting God for it not by works. We serve God out of love not to get love.
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