Following on from yesterday’s summary, here is my chapter by chapter run down of this valuable book. For most chapters, I’ve focused on a particular verse although, for a couple, I resorted to a more general precis.
1:17 – The righteous shall live by faith
2:12 – All who have sinned will perish…
3:23 – and all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God!
4:3 – Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness
5:1 – Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
6:23 – The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord
7:24 – Who will free me from this body of death? (still sinning despite knowing what is the right way to act)
8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
9:32 – Israel failed because it pursued righteousness by works, not faith
10:9 – Confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead and you will be saved
11 – Grafted into the olive (and, from v. 33, an amazing doxology or song of praise)
12:1 – Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice
13:8 – Love your neighbour (this chapter also has a lot about proper respect for secular authorities)
14:21 – Do not do anything to make your brother stumble
15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
16 – Goodbye, I love you! (Paul weaves his connections with the church in this city he has not yet visited)
And that’s just the summary, where I’ve had to miss out a lot more than I included. What would you focus on if you tried the same exercise of reducing each chapter to a key phrase or verse?