But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God (ESV)
In the previous verse Paul paid the church at Rome a huge compliment. He said that they were, "full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another." I cannot imagine the Apostle Paul saying such a wonderful thing about a church of today. In spite of these words of affirmation Paul says that he has also had to write to the Romans very boldly on some points.
The fact that Paul has to speak boldly in reminding Christians of some essential points of doctrine is not unusual. The reality is that all believers in Jesus Christ can use frequent reminders on doctrinal truths. The enemy of our souls, the Devil himself, is always at work trying to undermine the truth that we have already received.
As we consider the previous chapters in the book of Romans we discover that the Apostle Paul addressed the sinfulness of all mankind, the way of salvation, and how believers at all levels of spiritual maturity should relate to one another. These essential truths are such that we probably also need some reminders.
Some have called the Book of Romans, "Christianity 101." If we were to teach such a course I can think of no better book for a textbook. And even though we might think that we have learned all there is to know, the reality is that we could all stand to be reminded on some points that we have either forgotten or not properly learned the first time.
What areas of Christian doctrine could you use a refresher course in? How will you access the learning you need? What will you be your instruction manual?