I have been a Christian for something like forty years. Yet several years ago I realized I still did not have the book of Romans “under my belt,” although I loved certain passages of it. So I began reading it, especially chapters five to eight, over and over again. And again. I have often gone away from my reading rubbing my eyes. Surely I cannot be reading such things. Am I dreaming? This is astonishing truth.
That is why I want to encourage any who participate in A Mending Feast to become involved in The Romans Project. It is a series of studies on the whole book of Romans by UK Bible teacher Ron Bailey and I highly recommend it. I have found Ron Bailey’s teachings on Romans perceptive, clear, inspiring… and challenging.
It is in Romans that the apostle Paul lays out the most important thing in the universe: the gospel—the good news—of our Lord Jesus Christ. With the indispensable help of the Holy Spirit, what Paul has written in this book may become revelation to us—light we can live and walk in, to the glory of God.
That is why I say, “become involved in” this project. Passive listening will not accomplish much; God wants us involved in His gospel. We are actively involved when we believe, that is, lay to heart, the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as laid out in Romans, and by God’s enabling grace, walk in the light we have received.
I realize that taking in something like this involves considerable time in a day when there are innumerable things that consume our time. You sometimes hear people saying something like that. “It’s so time consuming.” May I suggest that involvement in this project is an opportunity to redeem some of that time.
The Romans Project has six sections, which are: Introduction. Guilty. Justified. From Death to Life. What About Israel. The New Life. Each section consists of a number of sessions. The first series of sessions (nine in all) took place over the winter of 2013-2014. The second series is now underway (winter of 2015). They can all be found on a Youtube channel called Biblebase Romans Project:
For those who are into Facebook, notifications of each new session may be found at Friends of Biblebase:
For those not involved in Facebook, please check the Youtube channel for postings of new sessions, which are scheduled every two weeks till March, 2015, at which time there will be a break till the sessions are resumed in the fall and carry over into 2016. The whole project (now in its second year) will be three years in the making.
Seeking to understand and appropriate the deep Truth (Christ) as Paul so powerfully lays out and articulates in all his epistles, and particularly in Romans, is a worthy undertaking for sure. When I was a teenager, we went through several books, Romans being the first, taking one or two verses at a time. We spent a few hours each week in this concentrated study, and would be in a single book for up to 3 years. I am forever grateful for the foundation that gave me for my life, my walk and my ministry.
May all who seek to know Him be blessed with the true knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord and His eternal plan and purpose for, in and through His Ekklesia.
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Amen, Tim. I do hope many will embrace your counsel and take in this project.