Romans 1:8-17

Romans 1 “14 For I have an obligation to all peoples, to the civilized and to the savage, to the educated and to the ignorant. 15 So then, I am eager to preach the Good News to you also who live in Rome. 16 I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is God’s power to save all who believe, first the Jews and also the Gentiles. 17 For the gospel reveals how God puts people right with himself: it is through faith from beginning to end. As the scripture says, “The person who is put right with God through faith shall live.”

I am one of those people who have lived all but five years of my life in Richmond, Virginia. I am not unlike most of my ancestors going back to the 1600’s. I spent four years in college in Lexington, Virginia and one year in Norfolk, Virginia doing my rotating internship following medical school. Despite this provincial background I have always been aware that the Kingdom of God is available to our world, but some have to be told or otherwise they will never hear or know about the ministry of Jesus.

These words from scripture in the first chapter of Romans teach us that, not only is it our mission to serve the Kingdom of God in the Richmond metro area, but to assist in other ways to live for the Kingdom of God helping the least among us no matter where they might live. We make a good effort in doing this through our church’s Board of Missions. By doing so on an individual basis in our prayers, words, deeds and money we are in the process of being put right with God.

Henry D. Holland