A Study in Romans
This quarter begins tomorrow, Sunday, December 4.
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God’s Righteousness, Our Salvation
A Study in Romans
Among the twenty-one epistles of the New Testament, the book of Romans stands first. It was not placed there because of the date it was written but because of the importance of its content and theme. In Romans, Paul presents the saving gospel message clearly and concisely. Then he reveals the effects of God’s salvation in life throughout the rest of the book. It is no coincidence that the most popular method of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is the familiar, “Roman Road” to salvation (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9, 13 and 5:1).
The book of Romans has been called the most powerful human document that has ever been written. According to Martin Luther it was the “absolute epitome of the gospel.” Philip Melancthon called Romans “the compendium of Christian doctrine.” Fredrick Godet called it “the cathedral of the Christian faith.” Greek scholar, Richard Lenski, called Romans “the most dynamic of all New Testament letters.”
The first eight chapters are doctrinal explanations of how God is working with people and how He redeems them through His Son. In chapters 1 through 8, we see the way of salvation, how people who are wholly unrighteous may become righteous in God’s sight. Chapters 9 through 11 reveal God’s plans for the nation of Israel, His chosen people. These chapters tell how the people of Israel missed God’s righteousness, and how they will receive it in the future. Romans chapters 12 through 16 deal with practical Christianity; how the doctrinal truths may be applied to human situations, or, how to live righteously for God in this present, evil world. The book of Romans reveals God’s direction for the whole of life.
Our quarterly study focuses on “God’s Righteousness—Our Salvation.” Righteousness is a major theme of the book, where the term is used thirty-nine times. Dr. Martin Canavan wrote, “The theme of the letter is Righteousness and how it is obtained by faith. It answers that question of Job 25:4, ‘How then can a man be justified with God?’” The aim is that students will receive the source of true righteousness in Christ and will learn principles that, applied, may result in righteousness in life. God’s salvation reveals His righteousness and results in ultimate righteousness in Heaven and practical righteousness on earth.
THE REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
The Gospel . . . . Romans 1:1-17
THE LACK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Guilty Before God . . . . Romans 1:18—3:20
THE MEANS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Faith in Christ. . . . Romans 3:21—5:21
THE OBEDIENCE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Yield to God. . . . Romans 6:1-23
THE BATTLE FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS
Between Two Natures. . . . Romans 7:1-25
THE PRACTICE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Walking in the Spirit. . . . Romans 8:1-25
THE SECURITY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Safe in Christ. . . . Romans 8:26-39
THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Israel’s Condemnation. . . . Romans 9:1-33
THE ATTAINMENT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Israel’s Salvation. . . . Romans 10:1—11:36
THE PURSUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Transformed–Not-Conformed. . . . Romans 12:1-21
THE SUBMISSION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
The Law of Love. . . . Romans 13:1-14
THE DUTY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Consider Others. . . . Romans 14:1—15:3
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Work Together. . . . Romans 15:4—16:27
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