Come Follow Me - New Testament
“The Power of God unto Salvation”
August 5–11


Lesson Highlights

Scripture references for study:  Romans 1–6
     Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the Scriptures at LDS.org.

Lesson Handout (PDF)


“I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ”

"During Paul's day, Rome was the largest and most important city in the world. But Paul had not yet been to Rome when he wrote his letter to the Roman Saints during his third missionary journey. The overall theme of this letter is that justification--being reconciled to God and declared righteous--comes through faith in Christ, not through the works of the law of Moses. Paul began by teaching that since everyone sins, no one can be justified by works alone. Once he had established this, Paul taught how justification does come: as a gift bestowed by Christ's grace on those who have faith in him. Paul then reviewed the promised blessings that come through justification: peace with God, hope of receiving His glory, and dominion over sin. 
    "In the last few chapters of his letter to the Romans, Paul discussed the moral obligations of Christians, stressing that the righteous live by faith."
 (Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual ©1989, p34)

"To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 1:7)

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)


True Discipleship Is Found In Our Inward Commitment, Not Just In Our Actions

Refering to Romans 1:16-17, President Joseph Fielding Smith taught:  "The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation and it is absolutely necessary for every man and woman in the Church to work righteously, to observe the laws of God, and to keep the commandments that he has given, in order that they may avail themselves of the power of God unto salvation in this life; and the upright, covenanted people of the Church should be magnified and increased, until the world shall bow and acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ and that there is a people preparing for his coming in power and glory." (General Conference, October 1968)

READ ROMANS 2:28-29. Paul writes about being a Jew for outward appearance or inwardly to receive praise of God.

READ ROMANS 6:3-7. Baptism likened to Christ's death and resurrection.


“Where Sin Abounded, Grace Did Much More Abound”

IN HIS EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS, PAUL SPEAKS OF JUSTIFICATION.  WHAT IS JUSTIFICATION?

READ ROMANS 3:20-28. We are justified freely by the grace of the Lord.

READ ROMANS 5:1-2. Justified by faith.

READ ROMANS 5:3-5. Paul glories in tribulation.

READ ROMANS 6:16-18.  Servants ye are to whom ye obey.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Paul to the Romans. What actions can you take to more fully follow the teachings of Paul?


Resources Used In This Lesson

General Conference

Gospel Doctrine by Joseph F. Smith

Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual (1989)

Meek and Lowly by Neal A. Maxwell

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie

Notwithstanding My Weakness by Neal A. Maxwell

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS)


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