A study class centred on the book of Romans – given in a relaxed atmosphere in a home environment the scriptures are commented upon and much edification offered.
The Jews to whom the Word of God was first entrusted, could easily feel superior to their Gentile brethren. However, Paul demonstrates from the Scripture, that all are under the dominion of sin and fall short of God’s glory. However, through faith, we can stand together in hope of God’s glory. Careful reference to the many Hebrew Scriptures amplifies this important subject.
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A Christadelphian Video:
The law exposed sin, but faith commits a believer to follow and obey. The first and primary example of faith is seen in the life of Abraham. The gospel was given to Abraham, because of his faith. We need to be fully persuaded as was Abraham, and walk in faith of Abraham.
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The Epistle of the Paul to the Romans #5
Description: Romans 6 begins by reminding us that we need to acknowledge that we are in a state of sin. Rather than focusing on sin, we need to focus on God manifestation and build up our faith, cleaving to the Lord Jesus. This begins with a new life in baptism. Hearing God leads to obedience and willing service.
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Description: Being baptised, the aim is to live the new life in Christ. The law highlighted sin and identified its gravity. Despite our commitment to serve Christ, we find we are prone to sin repeatedly. Understanding this, we focus our mind upon delighting in the law of God. We need to be constantly conscious of the battle between serving sin and serving the Lord.
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The Epistle of the Paul to the Romans #8
Description: Romans chapter 1 to 8 outlines the process involved in changing from the carnal to the spiritual mindset. When we are led by the spirit of God, we adopt the thinking of the spirit to serve our God. In this manner, we have fellowship of the spirit and become conquerors through him that loved us.
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Description: The question of the Jews arises. Paul shows that fleshly descent counts for little and it is necessary to follow God’s way of righteousness, living by faith rather than law. Paul’s exposition is illustrated with many examples from Israel’s history. God is a merciful God, boundless in compassion if we walk with Him in faith. God’s ultimate intention was to call all people
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Description: A key theme of Romans, the importance of faith is again emphasized. The Jews tried to establish personal righteousness by keeping law, yet it was impossible to keep every aspect of law. Paul’s references to Deuteronomy, confirm that faith is particularly related to the new covenant, which had been preached to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. True faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
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Description: Paul confirms that God has not cast away His people Israel. Despite their blindness and defection from the faith, Israel will eventually respond. Their defection made possible the preaching to the Gentiles. To be accepted, believers, both Gentile and Jew, have to be grafted into the Israel tree. The day will come when the Deliverer will come to Zion and God’s purpose will Israel will be finally accomplished.
Description: Live the new life, serve your Master, despite the challenges. Chapter 14 deals with matters of conscience. Much is rooted in the Jewish attitude to the Law. If any had a personal conscience of a matter, it was critical not to judge or impose. Rather than criticising a person, one needs to exercise attitudes which promote understanding and harmony.[su_youtube_advanced url=”https://youtu.be/Tr4M1T081Aw” autohide=”yes” modestbranding=”yes” theme=”light”]
A Christadelphian Video; Description: The concluding chapter begins with an overview of the key themes of the book. Despite the enormity of sin, if we believe and make our delight in God, we will be in His grace. All in the ecclesia come and work together, united in Christ. The day will come when God will release us from the problem of sin. When we recognise and confess the issues of sin in our lives, then we will obey God and serve each other. The Epistle concludes with the call for the obedience of faith.
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