Familiar words sometimes carry unfamiliar meanings. Take the word “gospel.” We Christians hear (and use) this term often. We refer to loving the Gospel, giving the Gospel, spreading the Gospel, and believing the Gospel. We have gospel churches, gospel messages, gospel hymns, gospel ministries, and gospel crusades. Pastors are officially known as ministers of the Gospel, and missionaries take the Gospel abroad. But can you define the word? And where does it come from? How can Paul say he was “set apart for the Gospel” (Romans 1:1)?
The letter to the Romans is a premier document of Christian truth. What the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is to Canada—the foundational rule of law for the country—the letter to the Romans is to the Christian faith. Those of us who hope to grow deeply in our understanding of God’s truth must ultimately anchor our minds in the letter to the Romans.
So, as we approach this book, let’s get a handle on some of its basic features and consider how we might apply its principles to our own relationships with Christ.
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