The Great Book of Romans - INSTRUCTOR Study Guide
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The complete verse-by-verse Great Book of Romans INSTRUCTOR Study Guide by Frank Turek & Brady Blevins
Why Study the Book of Romans?
There are 66 books in the Bible. Why take the time to focus on this particular book? Because Romans is the one book of the Bible that lays out a virtually complete theological explanation of the truth of Christianity. It has stirred some of the church’s greatest leaders to act.
In the summer of 386, after reading the directive to, “Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Romans 13:13-14); Augustine gave up the sinful pursuits that had wrecked his life and gave his life to Jesus Christ.
Martin Luther, said, concerning the Book of Romans: “It is the chief part of the New Testament and the perfect gospel . . . the absolute epitome of the gospel.” In fact, Romans 1:17 helped stir Luther to launch the Reformation!
In May 1738, John Wesley heard someone read aloud from Luther’s Commentary on Romans. He described it this way, “While he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for my salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken my sins away, even mine.”
William Tyndale said of Romans (in old English): “I think it meet that every Christian man not only know it, by rote and without the book, but also exercise himself therein evermore continually, as with the daily bread of the soul. No man verily can read it too oft, or study it too well; for the more it is studied, the easier it is; the more it is chewed, the pleasanter it is; and the more groundly (sic) it is searched, the preciouser (sic) things are found in it.”
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome, he clearly outlines the most important message to mankind—the gospel. Paul provides a complete and detailed declaration of the gospel message. He presents mankind’s greatest problem, sin, that separates each of us from God; but in no uncertain terms he delivers the good news of what Jesus has done for us through His crucifixion and resurrection.
As this study unfolds you will see the importance of Romans and how, through the teaching of this book, we can learn how to get right with God and then how to live for Him. It is the doctrine taught in this book that has helped countless men and women, over the past 2,000 years to understand and appreciate the unfathomable depths of their depravity and the limitless love of God that was revealed by Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. While the bad news in this book is as bad as it gets, the good news far outweighs the bad and exceeds the heights of our greatest need.
I’m looking forward to taking this journey through Romans with you. Let’s go!
This is a companion instructor study guide, so you will also need to purchase the DVD series. The instructor version is a mirror copy of the student study guide with the answers filled in.
This study contains 19 lessons, each based on a coordinating video segment which is approximately 57 minutes long. Some groups choose to watch the video one week and review the questions the next. We encourage you to set a schedule that works for you. The entire study guide contains 125 pages.
Coordinating pieces include: DVDs, Instructor Study Guide, Student Study Guide