Week 1 - Romans 1:5-6

Romans 1:5-6 (NLT)

5 Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.  6 And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ.

Our Authority

Paul now includes these Roman Christians in God’s story by saying, “us.”  God has given us the privilege and authority to tell the world what God has done for them through Jesus.  God’s mission is accomplished through the us, through His church.  The privilege and authority Paul spoke over this first century Roman church, is the same privilege and authority spoken over us, the 21st century local church.  Because of our allegiance to Jesus, we have authority to share with others the good news of belonging to King Jesus.  It is our privilege to help others align their lives with Christ; to see Him as both Savior and Lord.  This truly is the mission of us, of the church!  Like Paul, we get to partner with God to see God’s story take root all over the earth. 

Questions

  1. Do you see yourself as fully connected to the “us,” to the local church?  If not, what’s holding you back?

  2. Who in your life needs to hear the story of King Jesus?  Will you begin to pray that God would open opportunities for you to share?