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Outline of Romans (Broad Version)

I.              Epistolary Introduction - 1:1-17

 

A.            Paul and the Principles of the Gospel- 1:1-7

 

1.             The messenger of the gospel - 1:1

 

2.             The message of the gospel - 1:2-4

 

3.             The motivation of the gospel - 1:5-7

 

B.            Paul and the People of Rome - 1:8-15

 

1.             The apostle praying - 1:8-10

 

2.             The apostle planning - 1:11-15

 

C.            Paul and the Power of the Gospel - 1:16-17

 

1.             The proclamation - v. 16

 

2.             The principle - v. 17

 

II.            The Way of Salvation - 1:18-5:21

 

A.            Human Depravity: the doctrine of universal sin - 1:18-3:20

 

1.             Sin & Condemnation of the Gentiles - 1:18-32

 

2.             Sin and Condemnation of the Jews - 2:1-3:8

 

3.             Sin and Condemnation of all Mankind - 3:9-20

 

B.            Divine Deliverance: the doctrine of particular justification - 3:21-5:21

 

1.             Justification: its provision - 3:21-31

 

2.             Justification: its proof - 4:1-25

 

3.             Justification: its product - 5:1-21

 

III.         The Way of Sanctification - 6:1-8:39

 

A.            Freedom from Bondage to Sin - 6:1-23

 

1.             Free from sin - 6:1-14

 

2.             Free for the Savior - 6:15-23

 

B.            Freedom from Bondage to the Law - 7:1-25

 

1.             Sanctification and God's law - 7:1-13

 

2.             Sanctification and our sin - 7:14-25

 

C.            Freedom from Bondage to the Flesh - 8:1-30

 

1.             Life in the Spirit (1) - 8:1-4

 

2.             Life in the Spirit (2) - 8:5-13

 

3.             The Blessings of Sonship - 8:14-17

 

4.             Groaning for Glory - 8:18-27

 

5.             The Divine Design for Salvation - 8:28-30

 

D.            A Celebration of Security - 8:31-39

 

1.             God is your sovereign protector, or an answer to the question: "If God is for us, who is against us?" - v. 31

 

2.             God is your supreme provider, or an answer to the question: "How will He not also with Him freely give us all things?" - v. 32

 

3.             God is your spiritual protagonist, or an answer to the question: "Who will bring a charge against God's elect?" - vv. 33-34

 

4.             God is your sustaining preserver, or an answer to the question: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" - vv. 35-39

 

IV.          God's Purpose with Israel - 9:1-11:36

 

A.            Israel's Fall - 9:1-33

 

1.             Paul's pain - 9:1-5

 

2.             God's purpose - 9:6-13

 

3.             Man's protest - 9:14-23

 

4.             God's people - 9:24-33

 

B.            Israel's Fault - 10:1-21

 

1.             The negation of the gospel's purpose - 10:1-8

 

2.             The nature of the gospel's principles - 10:9-13

 

3.             The necessity of the gospel's proclamation - 10:14-15

 

4.             The neglect of the gospel's privileges - 10:16-21

 

C.            Israel's Future - 11:1-36

 

1.             The Principle of the Remnant - 11:1-10

 

2.             The Pattern of the Restoration - 11:11-33

 

3.             A Concluding Doxology - 11:33-36

 

V.            God's Principles for Living - 12:1-15:13

 

A.            The Christian and Life - 12:1-21

 

1.             Our Renewal - 12:1-2

 

2.             Our Responsibilities - 12:3-8

 

3.             Our Relationships - 12:9-21

 

B.            The Christian and Law - 13:1-14

 

1.             Obeying the law of the land - 13:1-7

 

2.             Obeying the law of the Lord - 13:8-14

 

C.            The Christian and Liberty - 14:1-23

 

D.            The Christian and Love - 15:1-13

 

1.             The Weak and the Strong - 15:1-6

 

2.             The Jew and the Gentile - 15:7-13

 

VI.          God's Providence over Paul's Life - 15:14-16:27

 

A.            His power - 15:14-21

 

1.             His confidence in their character - 15:14

 

2.             His purpose in penning Romans - 15:15-16

 

3.             His basis for boasting - vv. 17-19

 

4.             His policy for preaching - vv. 20-21

 

B.            His plans - 15:22-33

 

1.             The plans of Paul under God's Providence - 15:22-29

 

2.             The power of prayer in God's Providence - 15:30-33

 

C.            His personals - 16:1-24

 

1.             A commendation of Phoebe - 16:1-2

 

2.             Greetings to his friends - 16:3-16

 

3.             A final warning - 16:17-20

 

4.             Greetings from his companions - 16:21-24

 

D.            A concluding Doxology - 16:25-27