For more than 10 months, our church has studied the book of Mark together, during our Sunday sermons. This sermon series has challenged and enriched my own life, as I hope it has yours.
I truly believe that the Bible is God’s word. One of my goals, as preacher, is to help people understand and apply the Bible to their lives. The seminary from which I earned my Masters of Divinity had as its motto: “The Whole Bible for the Whole World.” That means there is no unimportant or irrelevant parts of the Bible. The whole message is important. But, it is hard to understand the Bible, when a preacher jumps around from the text to text, or only preaches topically.
That is why that when we finish the Gospel of Mark, we will look at another portion of the Bible together. By looking at whole sections of the Bible, it is easier to grasp the meaning, not only of the part being studied, but of the over-all story of the Bible. Our next stop is the Book of Romans. The Book of Romans, more than any other writing of Paul, has changed countless lives throughout the centuries. St. Augustine, Martin Luther, John Wesley, and Karl Barth, just to name a few, found their lives transformed after reading the Book of Romans.
The same revolutionary power awaits modern readers, as they open the pages of this high-voltage, little book. In Romans, Paul walks us through the Old Testament, helping us to re-read its message through the lens of Jesus Christ. That is why I am calling our new series, Romans: “The Power and Relevance of Israel’s Ancient Story.” I hope you will make plans to be with us and to invite others, as we explore this portion of God’s word together.
Our new series will begin on 19th, (20th for those of you listening or reading online).