Romans 1

Paul begins his letter to the church in Rome with powerful words. He names himself as a servant of Jesus Christ. I normally think of myself as a follower of Jesus, the word servant, or slave in the original Greek brings about a subtle change in meaning. To be a slave means to be owned by another. Paul is in essence claiming to be owned by Jesus. Rather than this being a point a lose of freedom it becomes a point of liberation. And we will find throughout Paul's writings, how he takes the language of power (i.e. the political powers) and flips it to have new meaning in God's Kingdom.

In verse 11 he then speaks about mutually encouraging each other. This still applies today! We need the support and mutual encouragement of our faith family and of other believers. Following or serving Jesus is not something that we can do by ourselves.

In verse 16 Paul writes "For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith ..." Do you ever find yourself not sharing your faith for fear that you might be offending someone? Is your faith something you freely share with others?

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