Romans 1:8-15

1.    What function does this reading carry in the flow and purpose of the letter?

2.    How would you describe Paul’s tone of voice, or the tone of the letter, in this portion? Does the tone change within this portion? If so, how so?

3.    Name and discuss: two elements to Paul’s prayer here, two points Paul strongly intended to state, or maybe they are the same thing said twice, and two reasons Paul wanted to go to Rome.

4.    Describe some idea that came to you as you read this section. Listen to others describe ideas that came to them.

5.    List, read about, and describe any Old Testament quotes or echoes that you find in this passage.

Wilma’s Notes:
1:8    Thanksgiving: 1 Corinthians 1:4; Philippians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:8
1:9    My witness: Romans 9:1
1:11    Want to come: Romans 15:29
1:13    Ignorant: 1 Corinthians 12:1; Let/hindered: Acts 16:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:7
1:14    Debtor: 1 Corinthians 9:16; DA 440
1:15    Ready: 1 Peter 3:15
1:14-15    Reach of the gospel (Greeks, Romans, Barbarians)– Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria: Acts 1:8; All nations: Genesis 12:3; Gentiles: Isaiah 49:6; All:Revelation 14:6