Every generation in the history of the church has acknowledged the pivotal place of Romans. Martin Luther considered Romans to be… the purest gospel. He went on to say that it is worthy that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but also that he should occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul. John Calvin, another Reformer, wrote that if we have gained a true understanding of this Epistle, we have an open door to all the most profound treasures of Scripture.
Paul’s chief emphasis in Romans is God’s justification of sinners by grace, in Christ, through faith. The sweep of Paul’s gospel is cosmic and eternal, and yet reaches to the existential and the individual. Its repercussions ripple from time to eternity, transform people and society, bear implications for personal conduct and social behavior. Paul’s letter plumbs the depth of Divine Rationale and yet lifts the human soul to the bosom of God, to be released back to transform life on earth.
No wonder Paul asserts he is not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God…
How long has it been since you felt the explosive power of the gospel in your soul?
How conscious are you of the guiding pull of the gospel in your life choices and direction?
It may be time to re-order our lives by yielding to the Cosmic Shattering Power of the Gospel and stand firm and tall in the Grace of God!
Session 1: The Glorious Gospel
Session 2: Reprobate Humanity
Session 3: Self-righteous Moralizers
Session 4: All Have Sinned
Session 5: Sola Fide - By Faith Alone
Session 6: The Blessings of Justification
Session 7: Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ