Spread the Gospel
When the Apostle Paul became a believer in Christ, God used him to spread the gospel far and wide. Paul often referred to himself as a servant of Christ and in doing so, lived his life connected to Jesus. It was his responsibility to share God’s message of forgiveness with others.
In his letter to the Roman church Paul’s initial intent was to introduce himself so they would be familiar with him when he came for a visit. In reality, the letter was more than that–it was actually written as a statement of faith.
Paul endured a myriad of experiences ranging from valleys to the mountaintops, but he chose to be completely dependent on Jesus. Even while in prison or under the most difficult circumstances, Paul continued to share the good news of Jesus every chance he got. Are we doing the same?
Be Deeply Committed
As Christians we claim that we are followers of Christ; that we are deeply committed to living like Him. Let’s think about that in the context of what it really means. Are we:
- Serving and obeying Christ like Paul did, even in challenging times?
- Using God’s generous gift of life (to us) to further His kingdom?
- Passionately sharing about Jesus so others see our faith and trust in Him.
- Vocal enough to share our strength and courage about living a Christian life?
Our Redeemer Paid the Price
In Romans 1:1-7 Paul did the following:
- Presented the facts of the gospel
- Declared his allegiance to Christ
- Expressed heavy concern for those who were lost and communicated how much they needed God’s attention and intervention.
As you read Romans 1 think about your commitment to Christ. Are you a servant of Christ? Are you a messenger, an encourager, are you set apart? Jesus paid the price for our sins and purchased us to be a part of His family. Are we the bright light that is so needed in this very dark world?