New Men’s group – Why study Romans?

Posted: August 24, 2012 in Evangelism, Leadership, Life, Me and God, Me and people, The Bible, The Church

If you know me or have read this blog for sometime, you will know that I strongly hold to the opinion that the best way for Christians to grow and achieve all the potential God has for each of us, is to study His Word -not just to read, but to study the Bible.

There are many different ways to see it. It was Antoine de Saint-Exupery who said: “Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men“. Often times we are afraid of life, problems, challenges, of stepping up, of doing great things and even of ourselves, because we don’t know… because we don’t know or understand the role of God in our lives, who we are in Him, who He made us to be and how every single little moment and situation in our lives is viewed by Him. Why? Because we don’t know His will and His Word. The Bible is, for many Christians, an unknown mysterious thing that frightens us.

On the other hand, I believe that if we understood better what is in the Bible, God’s plan, God’s view of life, the big picture and the small picture, we would be able to better and more often apply it to every moment of our lives. Maybe if we knew the Bible as lawyers so intricately and precisely know the laws, we would be able to likewise apply it correctly and practically and be better equipped to live the life He has called us to (2 Peter 1:3).

And because of that, I am a strong believer on studying -deeply and systematicly, and striving to understand the Bible -not only some key famous stories and passages, but as a whole; as an “integrated message system”. Books and philosophies and other materials may be good, but nothing compares to being deeply familiar with and knowing God’s Word.

So, in just a few weeks, our men’s group is going to start a new endeavor: studying the book of Romans. These are my top 5 reasons why:

  • Many important and influential people claim Romans is one of the most important books in the Bible and state that their lives were dramatically changed by reading this book (Augustine, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Philipp Melanchthon, John Calvin, Campbell Morgan, and Angela Valenzuela -my wife, among many others )
  • Romans provides a variety of practical tools to share with others (Apologetics) and  personally understand the basics of Christianity (‘theology for the non-theologian’) and its relevance to every human being.
  • Romans speaks to a variety of daily life issues such as feeling guilty, not good enough, when things don’t go they way we want, suffering, today’s most controversial issues, dealing with temptation and sin, successfully living by faith, worship, politics, habits, and dealing with difficulties with other Christians -to name a few.
  • Romans serves as a very useful Biblical backdrop to understanding the End Times and the role of Israel in human history
  • Romans speaks to the importance and ‘how to’s of  identifying, developing and using the gifts and abilities God has given to every Christian
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