We return this year for a penultimate swing through Paul’s letter to the Romans. We’ve been working our way, chapter-by-chapter, through this monumental letter. And this year, we pick up where we left off last spring starting in chapter 9.
Romans is full of heavy theology, but underneath it all is the tender heart of a disciple who wants to communicate the story of Jesus. What is the “good news” of Jesus Christ? Why do people need to hear it? How can we experience it? What will it mean for our future? And what does Jesus have to do with our everyday lives?
It’s these fundamental questions that form Paul’s agenda in Romans—an agenda dictated by a combination of audiences, circumstances and purposes but always pointing us back to Jesus.
Chapter 1-8 Recap - Jeremy Duncan
We are starting our year four in Romans by doing a brief overview of the first eight chapters of the letter.
For those interested, here is a more detailed breakdown of the major schools of interpretation when it comes to reading Paul.
Part 2 - The Sovereignty to Love - Jeremy Duncan
We are diving into chapter 9 to learn about Paul’s internal conversation with the Israelites and what the sovereignty of God looks like.
One thing we have to keep in mind when reading Romans is that Paul does not experience the world through the same hyper-individualized lens we do. He experiences life through a much more communal set of categories.
Part 3 - The Righteousness Problem - Jeremy Duncan
Our focus today is on what happens when God chooses us, and we defiantly choose to walk away.
Part 4 - Finding God Everywhere - John Van Sloten
Our focus today is on how God can be experiences through everything we see and do.
Paul’s double entendre in Romans 11 reminds us that there is not such thing as a story that God has not been at work cultivating.
Part 5 - So What Now - Bobbi Salkeld
Today we wrap up our fourth series on Romans and discern how to move forward.
We're finished with Romans until next year but we need to make sure we get Paul's heart. Good thoughts only get you so far. What really matters is how we live and love in community.