A letter written by Paul as he comes to the end of his life.
It can be divided into five sections
1) Our need- Romans 1v18-3:20
2) Gods answer- Jesus. How we are put right with God by and through Jesus. 3v21-4v25
3) New Life- What it means to be a follower of Jesus. Romans 5-8
4) What this means for Jewish people Romans 9-11
5) Practical Christian living Romans 12v1-15v13
Health warning- This letter can seriously change your life.
Martin Luther 1515 “I felt myself to have been reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise. The whole of scripture took on a new meaning”.
If you think the early church was wonderful- think again. The church in Corinth was being torn apart by vicious argument, immorality and quarrelling groups.
Back to the beginning… Acts 18v1-17 Paul visited and stayed in the city for 18 months. Like London today Corinth was international city at the centre of some very important trade routes.
So many people coming and going meant that the fledgling church was susceptible to different teaching.
There are two earlier missing letters- one from Paul and one from the church. Paul refers to his first letter in I Cor7v1.
The letter from the church asks Paul how they should act as Christians.
Chapters 1-6 Paul points out the danger they are in.
Chapters7-16 Paul answers the questions they have put to him.
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