Expository Songs from Romans 1

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

From Isaac Watts through the Newsboys, countless writers have taken inspiration from this passage. One of the best songs from this verse is Dawn Thomas’s “I Am Not Ashamed,” popularized by Janet Paschal and by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir:


Romans 1:14-15

There has been far less written from the rest of the chapter. But one of the most interesting examples comes from verses 14-15:

I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

What does it mean to be a debtor to preach the Gospel? Clara Brooks pondered this question around a hundred years ago in her song “The Debt We Owe”:

The Savior hath given us freely
Salvation and grace through His name,
He bids us to publish His gospel,
Its words to all creatures proclaim;
We’re debtors to those who are dying,
And never its power have known;
Can we who so richly are favored
Still leave them to perish alone?

Expository Songs from Romans 1

I Am Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16-17) (1989)
Bob Kauflin | Popularized by GLAD
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For I Am Not Ashamed – Romans 1:16 (Romans 1:16) (2010)
Popularized by Buddy Davis
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I Am Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16)
Dawn Thomas | Popularized by Janet Paschal
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Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16) (2010)
Jeremy Camp, Jon Egan | Popularized by Jeremy Camp
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We Are Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16) (2015)
Neil DeGraide, Doug Plank, Eric McAllister | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
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We Are Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16) (2005)
Popularized by Andraé Crouch
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Other References

Grace and Peace (Romans 1:7) (2013)
Joel Sczebel | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
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The Debt We Owe (Romans 1:14)
Clara Brooks
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The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace (Romans 1:16-17)
Matthias Loy
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I’m Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16)
Leonard Fletcher | Popularized by The Inspirations
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I’m Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16) (1992)
Popularized by The Newsboys
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Jesus, and shall it ever be (Romans 1:16)
Joseph Grigg
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Jesus, Thy Blessings Are Not Few (Romans 1:16)
Isaac Watts
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Someone Like Me (Romans 1:16) (2017)
Popularized by Brandon Heath
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Living by Faith (Romans 1:17)
James Wells, Robert E. Winsett
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Anthem (Romans 1:20) (1989)
Gloria Gaither, Michael W. Smith | Popularized by Steve Green
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Nature with Open Volume Stands (Romans 1:20) (1709)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs (1707-09)
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