Romans is often viewed as theological treatsie written by the Apostle Paul. While certainly theologically significant, it is more than that.
The apostle Paul wrote Romans as a letter to people he'd largely never met. The letter itself reveals two key purposes behind why he penned it.
One, he was anticipating visiting them as he pursued ministry in Spain. He hoped to encourage them and garner their support for God's mission to unreached peoples.
Two, he was aware of their internal struggles regarding the mix of cultural perspectives of the Jewish and Roman worlds.
For both purposes, he emphasizes the Gospel of Christ to create common ground. He highlights how the Gospel should impact their community and individual perspectives. Ultimately, he shows them how the truth of the Gospel will demolish any bias and destroy any sense of superiority that we might hold. While the world plays many different games on many different kinds of "fields", we truly are all on a level playing field with God - and that makes all the difference.
*Due to technical difficulties, several of the sermons early in this series do not have audio and/or video recordings.