A final thought on our fifth study in Romans 1:17 this past Sunday morning (August 2, 2015) entitled, “What Makes Gospel Preaching So Powerful?”
On the one hand I’m sad we’ve finished 1:16–17, but on the other, I’m so grateful to be able to preach such a text to such a receptive congregation. This is one of those Bible texts we really need to memorize and internalize so that we will live the Christian life with gusto. Here we have assurance, confidence, and a life without fear: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Here we have the reason we can live such lives: “For it is the power of God for salvation.” Here we have the gospel offer to everyone, including me: “To everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Here we have that grand reason the gospel is so powerful to save anyone: “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed.” Here we have how I receive this righteousness and can stand acceptable before Almighty God: “From faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.'”
Memorize this passage, brothers and sisters! Meditate on this passage! Be empowered by this passage! Live out of this passage!
As you and I do this, my prayer to God is that he would use this majestic text of his living Word in this way:
That it may please thee to strengthen such as do stand; and to comfort and help the weak-hearted; and to rise up them that fall; and finally to beat down Satan under our feet: we beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. (Book of Common Prayer)