Spring Quarter 2021

 

Proclamation of the Gospel

 

Laying the Groundwork

March 7    Paul's Desire to Visit Rome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Romans 1:8-17

March 14   God's Wrath Against Mankind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Romans 1:18-32

March 21   No One Is Righteous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Romans 3:9-20

 

The Proclamation of Good News

March 28   Righteousness Through Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Romans 3:21-31

April 4   A Promise Received by Faith (Easter) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Romans 4:18-25; Luke 24:1-9

April 11   Justification by Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Romans 5:1-11

April 18   Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Romans 6:1-14

 

The Implications of the Gospel

April 25   Anticipating Redemption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Romans 8:18-27

May 2   More than Conquerors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Romans 8:28-39

May 9   Elected by God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Romans 9:6-21

May 16   Saved by Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Romans 10:1-10

May 23   Jesus Is Lord of All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Romans 10:11-21

May 30   Ministry to Unbelievers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Romans 15:15-27

 

Paul penned thirteen epistles, which amount to about one-fourth of the New Testament pagewise. Add to this the information about him in Acts, and Paul’s life, ministry, and writings take up a sizable portion of God’s Word.

Romans is one of Paul’s longest and most significant letters. This epistle is frequently quoted in lessons and sermons because it is rich in doctrine. But that does not mean Romans is easy to comprehend. Concerning Paul’s writings, even Peter said that some of them were “hard to be understood” (II Pet. 3:16) and distorted by the “unlearned and unstable.”

Somewhat typical of Paul’s letters, the book of Romans begins with a doctrinal section followed by more practical matters. The first eleven chapters, where the bulk of our lessons come from this quarter, are more theological. This does not mean there are no practical teachings in these lessons, though. Understanding doctrine is far more practical than most people realize. Incorrect theology will affect everything we do, including our prayer, worship, and evangelism.

The first few lessons emphasize something we might think obvious, namely, that human beings are sinful. That truth might not be as apparent as we think, however. Recognizing our personal sinfulness is actually the first stop on the road to redemption. Many today are unwilling to acknowledge that the concept of sin even exists, let alone admit that they themselves are lost sinners.

Lessons 4 through 6 emphasize the truth that faith in Christ is the only way to heaven. We cannot get there because of our religious heritage or good works. Neither of these things are meaningless, but they are useless for salvation.

The next few lessons emphasize the new life in Christ. This new life is empowered by God’s Spirit, who has taken up residence within us. We are therefore “more than conquerors” (Rom. 8:37) through Jesus Christ, our loving Lord. It is only in Christ that we have the power to overcome sin.

Three lessons come from Romans 9 through 11, a section devoted to issues related to Israel. The final lessons outline Paul’s current ministry to Gentiles and his future plans. Read slowly, study deeply, and reflect often on all these lessons to grow strong in your faith.