I wrote this study guide for you. I may or may not know you, but it is for you. I can say that with confidence because this study guide is literally just a guide through Scripture passages, and Scripture is for you. It contains no brilliant commentary or insights that I can add. It does not have thoughts about passages or quaint stories to bring texts to life. It is simply Scripture. Each day there are two Scripture passages to read (one in the morning and one in the evening.) The evening reading is repeated the following morning. Each day has five simple questions to ponder and room to write in the book. There are fifty weeks of Scripture (424 pages) through the book of Romans. I endeavored to break Romans down into easy portions for the reader. The cross-references are intended to aid in the study of Romans.
I felt compelled to write this study guide for three reasons: Scripture interprets Scripture, people don’t read their Bibles, and just for fun.
- Scripture interprets Scripture.
One of the basic rules of Biblical interpretation is that the Bible is the best tool for interpreting the Bible. It sounds simple enough, but it is rarely practiced. Often, people will read a passage of Scripture, pray, and then interpret what that passage means. While this is well intentioned, that passage has a context within the book and that book has a context within the entire canon of Scripture. So, in order to glean a deeper understanding of a text, the context must be consulted.
- People don’t read their Bibles.
I worked through this study guide because people don’t read their Bibles. Sure, they may have a devotional or a quiet time, but seldom do I find someone who has a deep love for actually studying and reading the Bible. It is a desperate state that western Christianity finds itself in when its adherents spend so little time reading their holy book. The western church has more information about the Bible than any other group in history. There are countless teachers, books, websites, and apps to help understand the Bible. Yet, the average Christian seldom reads the Scripture. As a result, when faced with theological quandaries and challenging life circumstances, western Christians have little to grasp hold of. I intend this work to offer some solution to that difficulty. It is intended to walk the reader through texts that help them understand the book of Romans.
- Just for fun.
The final reason I wrote this work is because studying Scripture is fun. While it takes work and one must put in the effort, Romans is one of the most enlightening books in the Bible. It is filled with truths about God and humanity. It walks us through a systematic understanding of salvation. It challenges the very nature of our devotion to God and our love for Christ. It shows us who God is and who we are. It is challenging, engaging, troubling at times, and it is fun! Personally, I loved going through these cross references to study Romans. The complementary texts brought clarity to Romans and helped me to understand some of the deep truths presented in Romans. To engage God in the safety of what He has said about Himself is awesome! So, go get this study guide and enjoy.
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