Somewhat in the style of seasoned dramatist, Max McLean, this dramatic recitation spotlights Chapter 1 from the book of Romans, using the New International Version of the Bible (1984 version). This presentation represents a sample of a larger piece: the eventual dramatic internalization of the entire book (16 chapters total). Currently, I have committed to memory 12 chapters in this book, a first-century letter to the early Christian church in Rome.
Written by the Jewish zealot/assasin-turned-apostle, Paul, this letter would have been read by believers he had intended to visit, to "impart...some spiritual gift to" encourage them. However, scholars believe he was ultimately denied such a privilege, prior to his death.
In Chapter 1, Paul begins by stating his credentials as an apostle of Christ, as well as assuring the Roman church of its Christian identity and purpose. He offers God's blessings, reminding these new Christians that, as believers in Jesus, they possess a righteousness and certain salvation, in faith, with the Father, through Christ, which is "from first to last." Halfway through, however, as if to remind them of where they have come, and to clarify the kind of world in which they live, Paul pulls the shade, giving glimpse into the darkness of which those who would deny God currently dwell. The lengthy list of labels which finally follows is a scathing one, and Paul closes the chapter by hinting that the reach of the depraved and ungodly extends even to the disobedient who profess the name of Christ. These closing remarks segue seamlessly into the start of Chapter 2
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