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Week 11: Romans chapters 14-16
This last week we finished up our study of Romans. While it says Week 11, this was actually the 13th week. We covered a lot of ground in 13 weeks (and left just as much uncovered) as we looked at the gospel and how it affects everything in our lives.
Thanks to everyone who participated, whether it was one week or the entire study. We are still thinking through what another Bible study, online or in-person might look like. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let email@example.com know.
Week 10: Romans chapters 12 &13
Chapter 12 brings us to a major shift in the book. The first eleven chapters show Paul unpacking the gospel. Then the final four chapters focus on our response to the gospel. How do we relate to one another in the church? How do we relate to the government? These are all informed by the gospel and the love that God has shown to us in Christ.
Next week: Romans chapters 14-16.
Week 9: Romans chapters 10 &11
Week 8: Romans chapter 9
Week 7: Romans chapter 8
Week 6: Romans 6 & 7
We covered chapters 6 and 7 this week. As Paul continues unpacking the gospel and how we relate to grace, he uses this section to show how grace triumphs over both sin (chapter 6) and the law( chapter 7). Grace triumphs over both the burden and shame of sin and also over the pride of trying to keep the law.
Next week: Romans chapters 8.
Week 5: Romans 5:1-21
In an effort to live up to our namesake, we zoomed through all of chapter 5 this week. We looked at how Christ died while we were still weak, sinners and enemies of God. We also looked at the two lines: Adam's and Christ's and how the grace found in the line of Christ is much more glorious.
Next week: Romans chapters 6 & 7.
Week 4: Romans 4:1-25
I forgot to record the last two weeks, so there's a gap in some things. This past week we covered chapter 4 and discussed how the work of Jesus gets credited to us through faith. If you missed a week or haven't been able to join but want to follow along, here is the video and Powerpoint of the lesson.
Each week I have also tried to provide resources that help us go deeper in Romans or some of the concepts that Paul is explaining. This week I wanted to point us to a children's book written by RC Sproul, "The Priest with Dirty Clothes". It explains the idea of trading our sin for Christ's righteousness.
Next week: Romans 5:1-21
Week 3: Romans 1:17-3:20
We covered a lot of ground this week. Paul takes different angles to show that there is no one righteous, no not one. Greeks are unrighteous (1:17-32), Jews are unrighteous (2:1-3:8), and all people are unrighteous (3:9-20). And that shows our need for the gospel.
Homework for next week:
- How does a deeper understanding of our sinfulness affect how we think, speak and act?
- How does seeing our sin in greater detail cause us to long for Christ more?
- Watch the Bible Project's overview of Romans
- Read Romans 3:21-4:25.
Week 2: Romans 1:1-17
This week we looked at the introduction of the letter, why Paul wants to visit Rome and a quick look at the gospel and righteousness. Each week we hope to have different people contribute their thoughts in different ways (reading scripture, sharing their thoughts about the text or praying at the end). If you are interested in contributing, please let firstname.lastname@example.org know. Click below for this week's session and handouts:
Homework for next week:
- What are the ways you are tempted to be ashamed of the gospel?
- How can we preach the gospel to ourselves?
- What is one area from 1:1-17 that you want to apply to your life?
- Read Romans 1:18-3:20
We weren't able to record this week, but you can find the Powerpoint slideshow attached.
Zooming Through Romans Bible Study
During this time of encouraged isolation, we wanted to invite anyone who is able, to an online Bible study starting tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon. We will use a simple Bible study called Romans in 12 weeks by Jared Wilson. It is available on Kindle or paperback if you want to follow along (not necessary to participate). We realize Romans is a huge, rich book that can be intimidating to some. In a 12 week study, we have no intention of squeezing everything out of the book and don't want it to be overwhelming. Instead, we hope that we can connect with people as we open God's Word together.