Author: Ron Graham


Paul’s Essay on Faith
—Outline of Romans 1-4

This lesson is an outline, for your reference, of Romans chapters 1 to 4. In these chapters Paul teaches us about faith in Christ.

1 Opening declaration

Why Paul is not ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16-18)

2 Darkness of the faithless

The wicked know about God (Romans 1:18-20)

The wicked nevertheless dishonour God (Romans 1:21-32)

They think they are righteous when they are not (Romans 2:1-5)

3 Faith in relation to law and judgment

How God judges man (Romans 2:6-16)

God’s attitude to the Jews (Romans 2:17 to 3:18)

How God applies the law (Romans 3:19-31)

4 The Great Example of Abraham's Faith

Abraham’s faith was accounted as righteousness (Romans 4:1-9)

Abraham's faith transcends Jewish law (Romans 4:10-22)

NoteCHILDREN In scripture, “child” does not always mean biological offspring. The followers of a person’s doctrine and example are called the “children” of that person. For instance, those who imitate Abraham’s faith, are called his children (Romans 9:6-8, Galatians 3:7).

Abraham's faith looked to the Cross (Romans 4:23-25)

Paul's Introduction to Romans


From Paul (Romans 1:1-2,5)

On behalf of Jesus (Romans 1:3-4)

To the Romans (Romans 1:6-7)

Desire to Visit

Paul prays that he might visit the church in Rome (Romans 1:8-10)

Paul longs to visit (Romans 1:11-15)