“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15).
After wrestling in Romans 9 with the role of God’s sovereignty in redemption, Paul addresses some issues related to man’s part in redemption in Romans 10. I gave this chapter the title: “the journey of those who believe.”
Chapter 9 presented God’s perspective on salvation. Chapter 10 gives man’s perspective. With this focus in mind I discovered 4 major points Paul develops to amplify the focus. Let me just enumerate them before we amplify them further.
First, we must be aware of some problems that will stand in the way of faith.
Second, most of the time when there is someone making progress in their faith journey you will find that someone has been praying for them.
Third, it’s clear in this chapter that somewhere along the journey to faith it is necessary to hear a presentation or proclamation of the good news if faith is to spring forth and blossom.
Finally, there is a need for a personal response.
Four points: problems, prayer, proclamation and personal response. Obviously not everyone is aware of all these elements in their journey to faith and salvation. Nor are these elements an exhaustive list. If, however, you are a seeker after God it would be good for you to be aware of these four elements.
If you are concerned about helping someone find God in a meaningful and life transforming way you also need to be aware of these elements. You will no doubt encounter them in the process of reaching out to someone to help them. It is a part of being prepared for what God wants to do so you can cooperate with Him.
Where do you see yourself in the four points: problems, prayer, proclamation and personal response?