Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Romans 4: 1-17. It is set for two voices.
Readers’ Theatre: Romans 4: 1-17
One: Abraham was, humanly speaking,
the founder of our Jewish nation.
What did he discover about being made right with God?
Two: If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God,
he would have had something to boast about.
But that was not God’s way.
For the Scriptures tell us,
One: Abraham believed God,
and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.
Two: When people work, their wages are not a gift,
but something they have earned.
But people are counted as righteous,
not because of their work,
but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.
One: Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth
to Abraham and his descendants
was based not on his obedience to God’s law,
but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.
If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law,
then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.
Two: For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it.
One: The only way to avoid breaking the law
is to have no law to break!
Two: So the promise is received by faith.
It is given as a free gift.
One: And we are all certain to receive it,
whether or not we live according to the law of Moses,
if we have faith like Abraham’s.
Two: For Abraham is the father of all who believe.
That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him,
One: “I have made you the father of many nations.”
Two: This happened because Abraham believed in the God
who brings the dead back to life
and who creates new things out of nothing.