Study: Romans 12:3-8

The Introduction The Text Romans 12:3-8 (CSB) For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another....

April 17, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 12:1-2

The Introduction The Text Romans 12:1-2 (CSB) Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God....

April 16, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 11:33-36

The Introduction The Text Romans 11:33-36 (CSB) Oh, the depth of the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments and untraceable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? And who has ever given to God, that he should be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever....

April 15, 2021 · 3 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 11:11-32

The Introduction The Text Romans 11:11-32 (CSB) I ask, then, have they stumbled so as to fall? Absolutely not! On the contrary, by their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous. Now if their transgression brings riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fullness bring! Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Insofar as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if I might somehow make my own people jealous and save some of them....

April 14, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 11:1-10

The Introduction The Text Romans 11:1-10 (CSB) I ask, then, has God rejected his people? Absolutely not! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Or don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he pleads with God against Israel? Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars....

April 13, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 10:14-21

The Introduction The Text Romans 10:14-21 (CSB) How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. But not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message?...

April 12, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 10:1-13

The Introduction The Text Romans 10:1-13 (CSB) Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation. I can testify about them that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. Since they are ignorant of the righteousness of God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes, since Moses writes about the righteousness that is from the law: The one who does these things will live by them....

April 11, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 9:30-33

The Introduction The Text Romans 9:30-33 (CSB) What should we say then? Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained righteousness—namely the righteousness that comes from faith. But Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not achieved the righteousness of the law. Why is that? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. As it is written,...

April 10, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 9:14-29

The Introduction The Text Romans 9:14-29 (CSB) What should we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! For he tells Moses, I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then, it does not depend on human will or effort but on God who shows mercy. For the Scripture tells Pharaoh, I raised you up for this reason so that I may display my power in you and that my name may be proclaimed in the whole earth....

April 9, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 9:1-13

The Introduction The Text Romans 9:1-13 (CSB) I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience testifies to me through the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the benefit of my brothers and sisters, my own flesh and blood. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple service, and the promises....

April 8, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:38-39

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:38-39 (CSB) For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The Support 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (CSB) Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, “There is no resurrection of the dead”?...

April 7, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:37

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:37 (CSB) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. The Support 1 Samuel 17:45-51 (CSB) David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with a sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of Armies, the God of the ranks of Israel—you have defied him. Today, the LORD will hand you over to me....

April 6, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:35-36

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:35-36 (CSB) Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. The Support Acts 17:24-28 (ESV) The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything....

April 5, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:34

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:34 (CSB) Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. The Support God makes a covenant with Noah and then Genesis 9:18-25 (ESV) The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth....

April 4, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:33

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:33 (CSB) Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. The Support Psalm 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us....

April 3, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:32

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:32 (CSB) He did not even spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? The Support Psalms 23:1 (CSB) The LORD is my shepherd; I have what I need. Romans 8:16-17 (CSB) The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him....

April 2, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:31

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? The Support If God is for us, who can be against us? I will use the words of Paul and what he says about the believer thus far in Romans: Romans 1 - The gospel of God is for everyone who believes; for the unbeliever, God turns them over to a debased mind...

April 1, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:30

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:30 (CSB) And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified. The Support Abraham Genesis 12:1-3 (CSB) The LORD said to Abram: Go from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you,...

March 31, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:29

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:29 (CSB) For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. The Support God did not choose us because we were good. He chose us while we were wicked in his sight. Romans 5:8 (CSB) But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us....

March 30, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:28

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:28 (CSB) We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. The Support Romans 8:9–11 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him....

March 29, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:27

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:27 (CSB) And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. The Support Genesis 3:8-10 (CSB) Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden....

March 28, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:26

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:26 (CSB) In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. The Support When coming to the full acknowledgment of the pain and anguish of sin that he seems to never be able to overcome, Paul cries the same incredible prayer in the same spirit as the tax collector in the synagogue:...

March 27, 2021 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:18-25

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:18–25 (CSB) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly, but because of him who subjected it—in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children....

March 26, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Romans 8:14-17

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:14-17 (CSB) For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him....

March 25, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Study: Romans 8:12-13 What Do I Do When I Sin?

If Jesus was obedient, even unto death on the cross, to become our sin by the power of the Holy Spirit, how do you think we are suppose to be killing off sin? In other words, if the mighty men of David had to continue slaying giants in the land, what do you think the brothers and sisters are Christ are called to do with their sin? The Introduction So through prayer and reading the word, I pray that you are working out your own salvation with an actual fear, reverence, awe, worship, and love for our great King....

March 24, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Study: Romans 8:5-11 How Can I Walk This Path?

The Introduction The Text Romans 8:5–11 (CSB) 5 For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit. 6 Now the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mindset of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law....

March 23, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Study: Romans 8:1-4 No Condemnation in Christ Jesus

The Introduction Now, by the sacrifice of Christ all the sins of the Church are entirely put away. He, the sinless Lamb of God, took them up and bore them away into a land of oblivion, whence even the Divine mind fails to recall them. Octavius Winslow, No Condemnation in Christ Jesus. The Text Romans 8:1–4 (CSB) 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,...

March 22, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Study: Romans 7:14-25 Then, God Saves Us From Our Sin

The Introduction The chaptering of Romans is a little bit off. I am not saying I could have done a better job–I definitely could not. But Romans 6-7:7 seems to be grouped together and I taught it as so: Romans 6:1-14 God Kills Our Sin Romans 6:15-23 God Buries Our Sin Romans 7:1-6 God Rips Our Sin From Us We see what God is willing to do to save each of his children....

March 21, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Study: Romans 7:7-13 First, God Reveals Our Sin

The Introduction I think one of the most remarkable things that God, through his word, teaches us two things: and/both either/or I noticed that so many debates on social media are people desperate to find a one side to contend for and be on the winning side. Speaking about the Bible: lets talk about drinking alcohol. Some people’s conscience cannot bear to drink alcohol for themselves. That is called self-control....

March 21, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Study: Romans 7:1-6 God Rips Our Sin From Us

The Introduction Licentiousness - I am not going to use this word too often because mostly I cannot say it well enough to use it often. Paul, under the lordship, guidance, inspired, command of Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, battles legalism in Romans chapters 2 to 4. And if you think Paul is too hard on legalism, he is simply taking his cues from the ministry of Christ in the gospel....

March 20, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Study: Romans 6:15–23 God Buries Our Sin

The Introduction So, you are reading and studying Romans. You are convicted and comforted by the fact that you could have not done anything good enough to be saved by God. You convicted and comforted in the fact that God in his grace must save you to him. You cannot boast in other than God. You cannot earn your salvation–you can only receive God’s gift of salvation, grace, mercy, faith, and love....

March 19, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

📺🏠 Study: Romans 6:1-14 God Kills Our Sin

The Introduction Follow me here. I am reading Romans in this way: Chapter 1 - split in three different ways: 1-15: Introduction and Greetings 16-17: The righteous shall live by faith 18-32: The depravity of mankind Then proceeding into chapters 2, 3 and 4 can be summarized in this way: you are not saved in the way you think you are Chapter 2: it was never by the law Chapter 3: no one is righteous Chapter 4: you cannot boast in your obedience Or to put in another way: the children of Abraham believed God and it is counted to them as righteousness....

March 18, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

📺🏠 Study: Romans 5:12–21 God Reigns, Not Us

The Introduction In a Bible Study series as this, it is always really helpful to remind us where we have been studying in order to see where we are going. Romans is not the exception. Romans 1 - The gospel is the power of God in salvation but we have all suppress the truth of God and therefore live in that sin Romans 2 - God’s kindness is meant for your repentance....

March 17, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

📺🏠 Study: Romans 5:6–11 God Loves, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 5:6–11 (CSB) 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us....

March 16, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Study: Romans 5:1-5 God Sanctifies, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 5:1–5 (CSB) Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope....

March 15, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

📺🏠 Study: Romans 4:13-25 God Fulfills His Promises, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 4:13-25 (CSB) For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise nullified, 15 because the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression....

March 14, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

📺🏠 Study: Romans 4:6-12 God Justifies, Not Us

The Introduction The Text Romans 4:6–12 (CSB) Just as David also speaks of the blessing of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: Blessed are those whose lawless acts are forgiven and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the person the Lord will never charge with sin. Is this blessing only for the circumcised, then? Or is it also for the uncircumcised? For we say, Faith was credited to Abraham for righteousness....

March 13, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

📺🏠 Study: Romans 3:27-4:5 No One May Boast

The Introduction The Text Romans 3:27–4:5 (CSB) Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith. For we conclude that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith....

March 12, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

📺🏠 Study: Romans 3:9–26 No One Does Good

The Text Romans 3:9–26 (CSB) What then? Are we any better off? Not at all! For we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin, as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one. There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away; all alike have become worthless. There is no one who does what is good,...

March 11, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

📺🏠 Study: Romans 3:1-8 All Goodness and Glory Belongs to God

The Introduction The Text Romans 3:1-8 (CSB) So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Considerable in every way. First, they were entrusted with the very words of God. What then? If some were unfaithful, will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? Absolutely not! Let God be true, even though everyone is a liar, as it is written: That you may be justified in your words and triumph when you judge....

March 10, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

🏠📺 Study: Romans 2:17-29 Everything Belongs to God

The Introduction The Text Romans 2:17-29 (CSB) Now if you call yourself a Jew, and rely on the law, and boast in God, and know his will, and approve the things that are superior, being instructed from the law, and if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness, an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having the embodiment of knowledge and truth in the law— you then, who teach another, don’t you teach yourself?...

March 9, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

🏠📺 Study: Romans 2:1-16 All Righteousness Belongs to God

The Text Romans 2:1-16 (CSB) Therefore, every one of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth. Do you think—anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same—that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?...

March 8, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

📺🏠 Study: Romans 1:26-32 All Wrath Belongs to God

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:26-32 For this reason God delivered them over to disgraceful passions. Their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. The men in the same way also left natural relations with women and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error. And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a corrupt mind so that they do what is not right....

March 7, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

📺🏠 Study: Romans 1:18-25 God Alone is God

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:18–25 (CSB) For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made....

March 6, 2021 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

📺🏠 Study: Romans 1:16-17 God Alone Saves His People

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith. The Support Galatians 3:11–14 (CSB) Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith....

March 5, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

🏠📺 Study: Romans 1:13-15 God Alone is Sovereign

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:13-15 Now I don’t want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I often planned to come to you (but was prevented until now) in order that I might have a fruitful ministry among you, just as I have had among the rest of the Gentiles. I am obligated both to Greeks and barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome....

March 4, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

🏠📺 Study: Romans 1:8-12 God Alone Reigns

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:8–12 (CSB) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because the news of your faith is being reported in all the world. God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in telling the good news about his Son—that I constantly mention you, always asking in my prayers that if it is somehow in God’s will, I may now at last succeed in coming to you....

March 3, 2021 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

🏠📺 Study: Romans 1:1-7 God Alone Fulfills His Promises

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:1–7 (CSB) Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures— concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh and was appointed to be the powerful Son of God according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection of the dead....

March 2, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

🏠📺 Study: Romans 1:1 God Alone Saves

The Introduction The Text Romans 1:1 (CSB) Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God The Support The Damascus Road Acts 9:1-25 (CSB) Now Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem....

March 1, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

🏠📺 Study: Romans, A Few Resources

It Goes Without Say The Bible Many times, many teachers, preachers, and small group leaders (myself included) will “cut straight to the chase” and engage the commentary instead of engaging the Word of God. Remember, the commentaries are not without error—they are the observations of the author. Slow down, pray, read, chew and meditate. ESV Study Bible Incredible resource. I have purchased this resource multiple times over. If I had to pick just one, I use it way more in my Olive Tree Study Bible than anything else....

January 7, 2021 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:18-20 The Righteousness of God: His Obviousness

Romans 1:18–20 (ESV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made....

July 6, 2020 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:18-20 The Righteousness of God: His Simplicity

Romans 1:18–20 (ESV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made....

June 29, 2020 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:18-20 The Righteousness of God: His Wrath

Romans 1:18–20 (ESV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made....

June 22, 2020 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? The Righteous Shall Live By Faith! [Part 7]

as it written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Along with Romans 1:17, Paul mentions this Habakukan passage in Galatians, along with the author of Hebrews. Galatians 3:11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” Hebrews 10:38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him....

June 1, 2020 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? From Faith For Faith [Part 6]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. from faith for faith When I first taught this passage in small group, I thought everything about this passage would be hard-hitting and hard to swallow....

May 25, 2020 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? The Righteousness of God Revealed [Part 5]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed The mark of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ is not defined necessarily by what He proclaimed nor by what He did....

May 18, 2020 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? To the Jew First and also to the Greek [Part 4]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. For the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek This phrase “to the Jew first and also the Greek” can be easily taken out of context and used weirdly if we are not careful....

May 11, 2020 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? To Everyone Who Believes [Part 3]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. To everyone who believes Anybody remotely familiar with Christianity (from the casual observer to the longtime preacher) would be a bit shocked at this Biblically, and ultimately, the absolute truth:...

May 4, 2020 · 5 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? For Salvation [Part 2]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. For salvation In salvation, people often think that God saves His people from sin, Satan, demons, hell, and even death....

April 20, 2020 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:16-17 What is the Gospel? The Power of God [Part 1]

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. What is the gospel? Simply put, the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek....

April 13, 2020 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:8-15 Who Are We? We Are Saved to Good Works

Romans 1:8-15 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine....

December 23, 2019 · 15 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:5-7 Who Are We? We Are Called to Obedience

Romans 1:5-7 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Three, if we are in Christ and Christ is in us, then each of us are called to proclaim the gospel to bring about the obedience of faith....

December 16, 2019 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:5-7 Who Are We? We Are Dependent on Grace

Romans 1:4b-7 … Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ....

December 9, 2019 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:5-7 Who Are We? We Are Far From God

Romans 1:5-7 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Through three chapters, we have studied and talked about the Triune God....

December 2, 2019 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:2-4 Who is God? God Redeems

Let us continue. Five, the gospel which he promised beforehand through his prophets. You have seen and heard this a million times and you will a million more. The gospel, that is, the good news of God, first explicitly preached by God himself while he walked the cool of the garden looking for his lost children. His children, Adam and Eve, our first parents, believed not God for his righteousness but believed Satan for our own self-righteousness....

November 25, 2019 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:1 Who is God? God Saves

Romans 1:1-7 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,...

November 18, 2019 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Romans 1:1a Who Are You, Lord?

We begin our commentary into the Epistle to the church in Rome not starting off the bat with fleshing out entirety verse one: Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, If you know your Bible and understand just who Paul was and what he was in the sight of God before penning this letter. So I wanted to start this commentary by focusing on only the apostle himself, Paul....

November 11, 2019 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Here is Love: That God Loved Us - 1 John 4:10

For here is love: Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. And here is love: Deuteronomy 7:6-8 “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth....

October 31, 2019 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan