We started a new study through Romans titled, “The Gospel According to Paul.” We at Pray’s Mill Baptist are committed to studying the Bible in a verse-by-verse method. We believe this to be the most helpful and fruitful method of biblical preaching. As we begin Romans, we should understand that it stands as the apex letter of the New Testament and has greatly impacted many people throughout church history.
In September of AD 386, a man named Augustine was sitting in a garden of a friend – weeping – and contemplating his life. He heard a child nearby – perhaps on the edge of the garden saying, Tolle, lege. Tolle, lege” which in Latin means – “Take up and read. Take up and read.” Augustine thought perhaps that was a message for him. He looked and found an open scroll nearby. He took it up and read it. The moment he opened it – his eyes caught the text from Romans 13:13-14 – “Not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” It was there at that very moment that Augustine was born again.
Over 1,000 years later, Martin Luther found himself in a lonely monastery reading and studying the works of Augustine. He was a member of the Augustinian monastery. It was while he was serving as the professor of theology at the University of Wittenberg in Germany that he spent a great many hours studying and expounding and teaching the book of Romans. One passage – namely the Romans 1:17 that speaks of the righteousness of God – captivated Luther. He could not escape it. He would later write his own testimony of conversion where he said, “This passage of Paul became to me a gateway to heaven.”
Donald Grey Barnhouse spent 11 years working through Romans in his preaching. This epistle greatly impacted him – leaving an indelible mark on his soul.
The book of Romans shaped the mind of John Bunyan.
The letter we know as Romans – rocked the world and the ripple effects have yet to cease. They will continue until the return of Christ.
It is our desire that this study will have a lasting impact on your life. One that will impact your soul for a lifetime.
DATE – AD 55-58
PURPOSE – Encourage the church at Rome
GENERAL AUDIENCE – Primary gentiles but there were some Jews present too
Join us as we work through this rich letter each Sunday morning at 10:45am.