While Paul has never visited the church in Rome, he has a strong affinity for them, and has longed to see them for quite some time. He does eventually get to Rome, but it's by way of Jerusalem.
We have just finished Romas 2:1-11 Paul is addressing important issues in these first chapters that set the stage for what he is going to present later in his letter. Paul speaks to the sin of all humanity, and some of the belief systems that many of the Gentile, and Jewish christians came out of. Human guilt before God is universal. Salvation is not based on works, but comes by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ.
Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
I hope you will continue to read the Book of Romans, and be in church for this important study of Romans.