Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Romans flyby

Whoa! I didn't realise it would be so soon! I'm meant to be leading a Bible study on Romans 1-5 for the next couple of months, and I am woefully underprepared for it. I studied Romans nearly 4 years ago now and it would be great to get back into it. The forest of Romans can be so dense, however, that it's easy to lose sight of the vast expanse of the sky. I was reading, or rather listening, to the entire book here, and there's plenty of rabbit holes where you can wander into. So I found Ken Schenck's very, very quick helicopter overview helpful and thought I'll reproduce it wholesale here:

Hi, I'm Paul. You're the Romans. Hello!

I've often wanted to come to you. Now I am.

Key Verses: For I'm not ashamed of the good news. It is the power of God to salvation to everyone who has faith, Jew first then Greek. In it God's righteousness is revealed from His faith to ours, as it is written, the person who is righteous by faith will live.

For God's wrath has been revealed... and the Gentiles are going to get it.

2 But the Jews are going to get it too.

3 In fact all have sinned and are lacking the glory God intended for them.
But God has made a way through the faithfulness of Jesus to death, if we have faith in that way.
God offered Jesus as a sacrifice for sins.
A person is justified by faith in God.

4 Take Abraham, he was justified by his faith in God.

5 So we have peace with God.
For sin and death entered the world through Adam. Justification and life have come through Christ.

6 That's no excuse to sin.

7 Why the law then? It showed me my sin problem, but couldn't help.

8. The Spirit can help! It's all going to work out in the end.

9 So God has chosen to harden most of Israel right now. Don't complain, He can do what He wants.

10 Israel has not currently chosen faith.
But if you confess Jesus as Lord, have faith that God raised him from the dead, you'll be saved.

11 And in the end even Israel will be saved.

12 So present your bodies as living sacrifices and have a renewed mind.
Get along with one another.

13 Obey those in authority over you.
Love fulfills the law.

14 Accept others who don't have the same convictions as you.
And as far as your convictions, whatever is not truly done with a heart of faith is sin.

15 I'm hoping to go to pass through on my way to Spain. Right now I'm off to Jerusalem.

16 Letter of commendation for Phoebe

Of course, this doesn't even begin to unravel the complexity - having read Romans 9-11 again for the first time in a long while, I'm conscious of how little I know. (And how does Romans 8 transition to chapter 9 anyway?) But this is as good a starting point as any!

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