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2. The Centrality of Faith (Romans 1:8-17)

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When Paul writes a letter to a church, he normally gives thanks for them by identifying one outstanding characteristic. In his letter to the church at Rome, Paul thanks God for their faith which is being proclaimed “throughout the whole world.” He proceeds to elaborate on the notion of faith and its ability to mutually edify believers. Furthermore, the Gospel is powerless in our lives apart from faith, and faith is powerless in our lives apart from the Gospel. How is your faith? How is your faith influencing others?

If Paul were to write a letter to Trinity Bible Church, what outstanding characteristic would he thank God for?

For next week's sermon on Romans 1:18-32, we suggest you read one of the following:

PP. 527-530 in the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary (or the equivalent in the newly released volume entitled The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition, New Testament)

PP. 75-86 in the New American Commentary on Romans

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