Many people are praying for revival in America, but we have yet to see God pour out his Spirit. From my years of study on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, there is more to a heaven sent revival than prayer. The book of Romans can shed some light on what is needed for revival. Before I begin the lessons on Romans 6,7 & 8, I will give you a brief outline and summary of the entire book. Then tomorrow we will narrow in on Romans 6, 7 & 8.
The book of Romans is divided into 5 sections.
1. Gospel, Sin & Wrath- Romans 1-3:20
2. Salvation Through Faith – Romans 3:21-5:21
3. Sanctification – Romans 6-8
4. Mystery of Jews & Gentiles – Romans 9-11
5. Sacrificial Living – Romans 12-16
The main theme of Romans is the gospel.
Every believer should study this book so you know how to defend your faith, and most importantly to share your faith. By looking at the above outline, we can see Paul’s “formula” for presenting the gospel. He first spoke in detail about sin (chapters 1-3) and then the gospel message (chapters 3-5). One reason we are not seeing a move of God in America, is because of the way we present the gospel message. Sadly, Christians have fallen into the practice of generalizing sin, rather than being specific. Many Americans don’t understand they are sinners. When asked if they are a good person, most will respond, “Yes”. Not only do they think they are a good person, but also believe they are good enough to get to heaven. Therefore when presenting the gospel, we must be specific about sin.
Not only has lack of preaching and teaching on sin affected our Gospel presentation, but it has also numbed Christians into complacency over our own sin. We call ourselves “sinners saved by grace”, which to me is like giving us a license to sin. In the book of Romans, sinners are unbelievers. A Christian is never referred to as a sinner. Instead, Christians are called “saints”. Would we be more concerned about our sin, if we referred to ourselves as saints rather than sinners? As we study Romans 6-8 we will learn of the tragedy of sin in the life of a believer.
Brief outline of Romans 6-8.
Romans 6 – Dead to Sin
Romans 7 – Purpose of the Law
Romans 8 – Walk in the Spirit
If you are praying for revival, you must understand these 3 chapters of the Bible. A prayer warrior must understand that sin in the life of a believer is a hindrance to prayer. We must learn that we have been set free from the bondage of sin. Last but not least, we must learn how to walk in the Spirit. God only hears the prayers of a spirit-filled Christian. I hope you will join me as we study sanctification in the book of Romans.