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N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study: Romans
About this Series
The widely respected pastor and New Testament scholar, N. T. Wright, walks you book by book through the entire New Testament in this series. Perfect for group use or daily personal reflection, these studies use the popular inductive method combined with Wright's thoughtful insights to bring contemporary application of Scripture to life.
About this Volume
The world is in pain. Paul's letter to the Romans, as well as one look at the world, gives clear evidence of this. The church shares in the suffering, groaning in the tension between the "already" of possessing the fruit of the Spirit and the "not yet" of our present moral existence. Paul, however, also makes abundantly clear that God doesn't stand apart from the pain. Rather, he entered it through Jesus and dwells in the middle of it in the Spirit. These studies present the whole picture of a sinful world in pain and God's deep love--at work still today--to reconcile the world to himself.
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- Includes suggestions for individual and group study (with leader's guide)
- Features the popular inductive Bible study method with notes and comments from a world-renowned New Testament scholar
- Designed specifically for lay people to facilitate contemporary application of Scripture
From the Preface
From time to time, scientists have sent space probes to Mars. The object of the exercise is, of course, to try to find out more about the planet which, although it's our nearest neighbor, is still over a hundred million miles away. For centuries people have imagined that there might be life on Mars, perhaps intelligent life. There are undoubtedly many new things to be learned, to be discovered. If only we could get there safely and work out what was going on.
A lot of people feel like that about Paul in general, and Romans in particular. Most people who have at least a nodding acquaintance with the Christian faith are aware that Paul was a striking and important figure in its early days. Many know that Romans is his greatest letter. Some may even have heard of the powerful effect this letter has had, over and over again, in the history of the church: great figures like Augustine, Luther and Karl Barth have studied it and come back with a fresh and challenging word from God. But, to many Christians in the Western world, Romans remains as much of a mystery as Mars. "I tried to read it once," they say, like a scientist describing yet another failed space probe, "but I got bogged down and I couldn't work it out.
A different problem lies in wait for those who have learned the Christian faith in the Western world. Many traditional Roman Catholics, and others in similar traditions, know that the Protestants have made Paul a great hero and are therefore suspicious of him. But there are problems for Protestants too.
Ever since the Reformation in the sixteenth century, many churches have taken Paul as their main guide, and have seen Romans as the book, above all, in which he sets out the basic doctrines they hold. Since part of my own background is firmly in this tradition—which is why I began studying this letter intensively for myself thirty years ago--I understand the power and importance of this tradition. But I have to report that it has only colonized certain parts of the great planet called Romans. It has mapped and discussed many craters, has analyzed many substances found in them, and has laid down well-trodden roads across some of the planet's surface. But there are other parts which have remained a mystery--not the least the parts about the coming together of Jews and Gentiles, which Paul comes back to again and again throughout the letter.
It is time for some new mapping, for paths to be hacked through unexplored territory. We still need the old maps and roads, of course. We won't lose anything that they gave us. In fact, we shall find that we get more out of them by seeing and using them within Paul's own larger picture, of God, Jesus, the world and ourselves.
As we work through Romans in this guide, we may sometimes feel we are being swept along in a small boat on a swirling, bubbling river. We need to hold on tight if we're going to stay on board. But if we do, the energy and excitement of it all is unbeatable. The reason is obvious: because Romans is all about the God who, as Paul says, unveils his power and grace through the good news about Jesus. And, as Paul insists again and again, this power and grace is available for everyone who believes.
About the Author(s)
N. T. Wright, formerly bishop of Durham in England, is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He was formerly canon theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. Wright's full-scale works The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God and The Resurrection of the Son of God are part of a projected six-volume series titled Christian Origins and the Question of God. Among his many other published works are Surprised by Hope and Simply Christian.
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