the life-changing good news
Romans is one of the world's most influential books. Bible translator, William Tyndale, called it the New Testament's "most excellent part." Covering several chapters at a time, we follow Paul's discourse through a journey from sin and death to righteousness and life, in hopes that we all may come to "the obedience of faith" (1:5, 16:26), embracing the pure gospel and experiencing "the power of God for salvation" (1:16).
First the bad news…
Before we can understand the glad tidings of the gospel, we have to grasp the great tragedy of human history. The Gentile world has turned away from the glory that God intends for us, but so have Jews who were meant to be a light in the world.
who has god chosen?
Anyone familiar with the Old Testament may feel like the whole story of the Bible falls apart when most of the Jews rejected the Messiah. But in Romans chapters 9 to 11, we glimpse God's true plan for Israel. Hint: It includes you!
After convicting everyone of sin, the tone of Romans changes with two words: "But now..." (3:21). God has intervened and done something dramatic! Referencing two famous Old Testament figures—Adam and Abraham—Paul explains how Christ brings life to people of faith.
Sometimes Christians have an identity problem: we don't realize who we are! How do we participate in Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, and how does that change (almost) everything? In chapters 6 to 8, we learn how the gospel works in our life.