Study Introduction

Paul the Apostle knew who he was (and was not) and his job in the kingdom. It\'s his passion for his job that led him to write to a group of people he\'d never met, in order to introduce himself and the theology of grace to them. It encourages us to know our place in that kingdom as well.

Paul lays out the entire book of Romans in just two verses and gives his reason for excitement about the gospel, an attitude that can infect us as well.

Thought that might get your attention. The debate about the goodness of man rages, as does the arguments for the existence of God. Paul takes on both in this very hard hitting section.

Many people have a hard time understanding or accepting the idea of God as a judge. We learn about judgment and the nature of God in this section. The news actually is good!

How do you know if your good is good enough? What do you compare your goodness with to know? Get answers to these questions as Paul bursts some \'human\' bubbles.

Do you know what are human\'s three great faults? It leads us to know why we can never reach God ourselves. But we also see in chapter three how God does what we cannot.

Abraham didn\'t have much to go on - God\'s promise. But what Abraham did, when he did it, and through what agency speaks volumes to the Jew and Gentile alike how to have trust in a God you cannot see.

You may not have even known you were God\'s enemy. You started the war, but you couldn\'t end it, only God could. And how He did it and what He did for you will blow you away!

All that Adam did by his willful disobedience to God\'s command - infecting the human race with sin and the resulting death - Jesus undid by one sacrifice. Learn about the new race He created and how you can be a part of it.

So what\'s your addiction? We all have one or another. As a pre-Christian you might have several in fact. How\'s that working out for you? I know it sounds funny, but trusting in Jesus actually leads to addiction-but a really really good one!

One of the most underrated struggles we have as Christians is that between the Spirit of God in us and the flesh trying to pull us back into ways that are not like God. If you experience that dissonance between what you want to be like and what you are like, you need to hear what Paul has to say.

Do you discouraged and even condemned by your failure to live up to God\'s standards? Then you need to hear the encouraging words from Paul about your real position, your real relationship, your real destiny, and your real ability to not only overcome evil in your life, but thrive!

Many of us have a hard time managing change. But God is the change management expert of all time. He uses a special secret to help bring about change that is just awesome and answers some basic problems we have with living life here.

Ever feel discouraged that life is too much? Fear of failure is common, but God has a secret weapon to deploy on your behalf!

Humans by nature feel a sense of entitlement, that by our very existence we are owed something - and that includes by God. Romans 9 is controversial in that it totally blows the entitlement mentality out of the water, but also surprising when we learn of how loving God really is.\r\n

Has God really rejected Israel forever? It\'s a touchy subject, but one Paul deals with strongly in these chapters. If God has not cast them away forever, then how do they, and us, reach God? By the Word.

Are you being impressed upon by the outside, or motivated by an inward change in character? That\'s at the heart of these first very important verses of Romans 12.

How do you get a sense of well being, identity and purpose? Is it by how you feel inside and how you compare to others outside? Paul gives us some wonderful advice on how to deal with this as a member of the body of Christ.

Many times when we think of God using us and us using spiritual gifts we think of some pretty impressive stuff - miracles, prophecy, healings and the like. But Paul gives us some great instruction about the color of the ways God uses us.\r\n

One of the hardest things we as Christians have to deal with is people who don\'t like us and who do bad things to us. We think we know how to react but Paul turns life upside down as he gives us the real way to overcome our enemies.