Matthew Dyer - October 23, 2022
The Spirit of Life
From Series: "Reading Romans"
Paul’s letter to the Romans has unquestionably played a large role in shaping the beliefs of the church down through the ages. Prominent church leaders such as Augustine, Martin Luther and John Wesley have credited it with transforming their thinking about God. In particular, the Protestant church has used it to define concepts such as “justification by faith,” “salvation” and “adoption.” This letter—Paul’s longest—has famously been described as “the very purest gospel,” “the most important letter ever written,” and “the cathedral of the Christian faith.” Yet, like all of Paul’s letters, Romans was written to a specific group of people facing daily challenges as they sought to live out the “good news” of Jesus in their first century context. Through this six-week series we will seek to peel back the many layers of traditional interpretation to understand what Paul’s letter would have meant to its original readers in Rome. By reading this letter in light of the historical and social context in which it was written, we will explore the main themes of the letter, and their significance for us as followers of Jesus today.