Each year in the SBC a certain book of the Bible is chosen to be the focus of the â€œJanuary Bible Study.â€ Churches are not required to do this, but it does provide a good way to encourage careful study of various books. This year the study focuses on Romans, and this Saturday I will meet with a group of pastors to study through the book in preparation for them teaching their churches.
I have written a brief article on â€œThe Opportunity of Studying Romansâ€ to encourage pastors and others undertaking this study. Romans has had such a significant impact on the church historically and this brief article traces some of this in the stories of Augustine, Luther and Wesley. Gordon Fee has written, â€œThis letter is arguably the most influential book in Christian history, perhaps in the history of Western civilization.â€
May the Lord be pleased to bless these studies going on around the country to the good of His church.