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BIB111 Romans (Part 1 – Chapters 1-7)

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ABOUT 

Romans isn’t primarily a letter about our personal justification. Rather, Romans is a letter about God moving mankind from a life of accusation to a life of love and care for others. Accusation has filled our heart since the fall, in which we accuse ourselves and also our neighbour, bringing division, with personal and social destruction. The law has brought us into a downward slide into this captivity of separation from God and conflict.

God has embarked on a salvation plan, in which in his love he takes our sin and forgives it. He then calls us to do the same for our neighbour. God establishes a new community, where people freely receive and love each other, despite our backgrounds and traditional differences. This community is released into the world, bringing forgiveness, love and healing, where there was formerly offence, bitterness and destruction.

In doing this, God has fulfilled his promises to Israel. By sending Christ, God has been faithful to his original creation plan, in commissioning Adam and Eve to reflect his serving and selfgiving image in the world. God has demonstrated his righteousness and faithfulness, in restoring humanity in Christ to our call of a rule of love over his creation.

Lessons: 9 Weeks   Effort: 3-4 hours/week   Level: Intermediate

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Context and history of Pauls letter – Romans
  • A detailed understanding of the first 7 chapters of Romans

COURSE STRUCTURE

This course is split into weekly readings. There are 9 weeks of lessons after which you will be expected to complete your course assignment and prepare for the end of semester exam. The assignment is worth 70% of you final grade and exam worth 30%.

Lessons

BIB111 – Week 1 – Context I

To start with we need to get the context of the letter. The first matter here is to ask what was Paul writing about? We predominately read Romans by our own worldview. In Western theology this is largely to do with judicial thinking. That is, man has fallen short of God’s requirement in some legal [...]

BIB111 – Week 2 – Context II

To start with we need to get the context of the letter. The first matter here is to ask what was Paul writing about? We predominately read Romans by our own worldview. In Western theology this is largely to do with judicial thinking. That is, man has fallen short of God’s requirement in some legal [...]

BIB111 – Week 3 – Romans 1 & 2 I

It is startling when we realise that Paul was writing to Rome in this context. Paul was knowingly and deliberately debunking the Roman claims to divine rule. In the first verse he uses the word gospel, the same Greek word as Rome claimed for itself. Paul was saying that he is presenting the true good [...]

BIB111 – Week 4 – Romans 1 & 2 II

It is startling when we realise that Paul was writing to Rome in this context. Paul was knowingly and deliberately debunking the Roman claims to divine rule. In the first verse he uses the word gospel, the same Greek word as Rome claimed for itself. Paul was saying that he is presenting the true good [...]

BIB111 – Week 5 – Romans 3

Romans 3 launches into the legal part of Paul’s argument. He carries on the same Old Testament, Hebrew form of argumentation, in which the righteousness of God is on trial. This chapter isn’t so much about the justification of man, but the justification of God. Paul asks a series of questions, that are raised by [...]

BIB111 – Week 6 – Romans 4

Romans 4 follows on from the discussion in chapter 3, showing that God is building one family of both Jews and gentiles. This was the context in which justification was being discussed in the earlier chapter. So many themes are rushing together in Paul’s narrative. God is building a family which will fulfil his promises [...]

BIB111 – Week 7 – Romans 5

In Romans 5, Paul moves on to give us assurance in the face of the accuser. In the opening verses Paul is fortifying us against the accuser, while at the same revealing to us our new identity in God’s shema plan. The opening verses sound a bit like the story of the Prodigal Son. After the [...]

BIB111 – Week 8 – Romans 6

Paul proceeds into Romans 6 asking the question, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” This question stems from the previous chapter, in which Paul showed that it was through the sin of Israel that God’s grace abounded to the world. Paul said the same in chapter 3, where the sin of Israel [...]

BIB111 – Week 9 – Romans 7

Romans 7 kicks off where Romans 6 ended. It is about the slavery of the law. Israel had come out of Egypt, but had returned to bondage through the condemnation of the law in their lives. They are unable to move on to be God’s renewing people in the world. They are stuck in a [...]

BIB111 – Assignment & Exam

Now that you have completed your readings for Romans (Part 1) you will be expected to complete your assignment and exam for this module. ASSIGNMENT: 70% of module grade. Essays or long answer questions. Given few weeks to complete. Open book (including references). EXAM: 30% of module grade. End of semester exam. Multiple choice questions. [...]