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January 15, 2021 - The Great 8

Pastor Dawn’s next series is taken from our study last fall of the book “IF.” The author, Mark Batterson used the eighth chapter of Romans to frame his book. He named these verses "The Great 8.”

I thought I would take some time this week to talk about Paul’s writing of Romans. Romans takes its place as the first of Paul’s writings in the New Testament because it is the longest of his letters. When the church gathered his writings and put them together, they were organized with the longest letter first and the shortest last. Romans is also unique in that it is the only one of his letters that was not written to one of the churches he founded. Paul’s purpose seems to have been to introduce himself and his teaching to the church in Rome. It was his plan to go there and minister among those Christians. If this is true, then the great lengths that he goes to in explaining his theology makes sense.

For me, the eighth chapter is the hinge that connects the beginning of the book with the end. In the first seven verses Paul focuses on our relationship with Christ. Much of his writing is about how we have moved from sin into a righteous relationship with God because of what Christ has done for us.

After making that point, he moves through chapter eight to the rest of the book talking about what that all means in the living of our lives.

I encourage you each week during this series to take some time and read all of Romans eight. As you do, spend some time thinking about what it means for you that Christ died that we might have life.

Lord, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus, the Christ. Help us with the presence of your Spirit to live in the light. Amen.

Always, to God be the glory!

Paul

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