To conclude our sermon series, Pastor Matt recites the Paul’s letter to the Romans in its entirety. There are several reasons why we concluded our series this way:
- This enables our congregation to hear Paul’s whole argument in one sitting just like his original audience did in Rome almost 2000 years ago. While it’s true that the riches of this book of the Bible can only be mined through a careful study of its every inspired word and phrase, and that it ought to be preached verse by verse, we must also remember that this was first a letter intended to be read in the church from beginning to end. When Paul originally wrote this, there were no chapters or verses to break it up into smaller components. This means that the context for each “verse” of Romans is not just the paragraph or “chapter” in which it’s found, but also the letter as a whole.
- Reciting this letter provides an opportunity for us to hear the inspired, life-giving word of God for an extended period of time (1 Tim. 4:13). Reciting the letter will give us the chance to devote the next hour of our life to hearing the life-giving word of God.
- Third, this can serve to encourage us devote ourselves to the vital discipline of memorizing Scripture. If we want to put sin to death, renew our minds, and put on the Lord Jesus Christ, we must hide God’s word in our hearts that we might not sin against God (Psalm 119:11). We highly recommend the BibleMemory app to help with this discipline.