The Greatest Letter Ever Written | Dear Friend, Good News!

Have you ever received a letter that changed your life?  An acceptance letter?  A love letter?  A “Dear John”  letter?  A termination letter?  You know that the contents and the author are always key in the measure of impact. The letter to the Romans is unusually eloquent and truly life-changing. Paul wrote it, but it is apparent the contents come straight from God’s heart. When you get the letter and absorb what he has said, you will agree—this is the greatest letter ever written! Your confidence, your hope, your capacity will soar!

Did you know that the word “gospel” means good news? Paul starts his amazing letter with the good news that the Gospel changes lives every where it goes! He explains how much we need the good news of Jesus Christ, and that it’s for every single person who ever breathed.

Message Notes

This book is the groundbreaking manual of Christian theology, written by Paul in about AD 57—60’s.

 
This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.
— Romans 1:1
 

Jesus’ coming led to a cosmic change!

 
But now God has shown us a way to be right with him…
— Romans 3:21
 

The Gospel means GOOD NEWS. The Good News is all about Jesus. Romans 2:1-5

 
God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.
— Romans 1:2-4
 

The Good news of transformation is through faith, and for everyone! Romans 1:16-17

 
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.
— Romans 1:16-17
 

Everyone is a sinner and separated from God! His kindness is intended to turn us to him. Romans 2:1-4

 
You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse!...Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
— Romans 2:1-4
 

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.  Romans 3:21-28

 
But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life...for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.
— Romans 3:23-28
 

“BUT NOW….” is really good news! We get to share it with everyone!

Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.
— Romans 1:5

Bottom Line

The transforming good news is for everyone.

Action Step

  1. Accept the good news of the gospel for yourself if you have not yet, and share your story with someone.
  2. Share the name of someone for whom you are praying who needs the good news. Begin to plan to share with them at an appropriate time.