Romans: The Master Key to Scripture

The Book of Romans tells how God can save the whole person: body, soul and spirit. That fulfillment is accomplished, not simply as followers of a philosophy, or a philosopher, but through relationship with a Living Person, Savior and Redeemer.

Bible Studies in the Book of Romans

Please click the heading above to see the messages in this series.

From Guilt to Glory -- Explained

Introduction to Life
Rom 1:1-17
The Tragic Sense of Life
Rom 1:18-23
The Deepening Darkness
Rom 1:24-32
Sinful Morality
Rom 2:1-11
According to Light
Rom 2:12-29
Total Wipeout
Rom 3:1-20
But Now
Rom 3:21-31
The Father of Faith
Rom 4:1-12
The Faith of our Father
Rom 4:13-25
Rejoicing in Hope
Rom 5:1-2
Rejoicing in Suffering
Rom 5:3-10
Rejoicing In God
Rom 5:11-21
Can we Go on Sinning?
Rom 6:1-2
The True Baptism of the Spirit
Rom 6:3-14
Whose Slave are You?
Rom 6:15-23
Free to Win or Lose
Rom 7:1-6
The Continuing Struggle
Rom 7:7-25
No Condemnation
Rom 7:25 - 8:4
Why not Live?
Rom 8:5-13
The Sons of God among Men
Rom 8:14-17
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Rom 8:18-28
If God be For Us
Rom 8:29-39

From Guilt to Glory -- Exhibited

Has God Failed?
Rom 9:1-13
Let God be God
Rom 9:14-33
How to be Saved
Rom 10:1-13
Have they not Heard?
Rom 10:14-21
There's Hope Ahead
Rom 11:1-24
Our Great and Glorious God
Rom 11:25 - 12:1

From Guilt to Glory -- Experienced

Living Day by Day
Rom 12:1-3
Who am I, Lord?
Rom 12:3-8
How to Hug
Rom 12:9-21
God's Strange Servants
Rom 13:1-7
The Night is Nearly Over
Rom 13:8-14
On Trying to Change Others
Rom 14:1-12
The Right to Yield
Rom 14:13-23
Our Great Example
Rom 15:1-13
An Adequate Ministry
Rom 15:14-33
All in the Family
Rom 16:1-24
The Great Mystery
Rom 16:25-27

Overview the Book of Romans

from Adventuring Through the Bible

The Epistle of Paul to the Romans is undoubtedly the most powerful human document that has ever been written. It is pure gold from beginning to end. This is the book that lit the fire in Martin Luther's heart and brought about the Protestant Reformation, changing the history of Europe, as well as the world. This is the book that struck home as John Wesley sat in a little chapel in London listening to Luther's Prelude to the Epistle to the Romans. Wesley said his heart was strangely warmed as he heard the truths of Romans set forth. There followed, through him, the great evangelical awakening that saved England from the fate of France and arrested the decay of English life, completely altering the history of the world again.

This is the epistle that burned in the heart of Karl Barth, who in our day set forth some of the mighty truths of this letter and thus captured the theological world, calling it back from the crass, empty liberalism of the nineteenth century, restoring much truth to the churches of Europe. The lives of millions of people who have read the letter to the Romans have been drastically altered.

A church I know of in Montana was once regarded as the most liberal church in the city of Great Falls. The pastor was in Chicago on one occasion, and he went into the Moody Church to see what fundamentalists were saying. He wanted to find something to criticize. He listened to Dr. Ironside teaching the book of Romans, and his heart was captured by that message. Afterward he talked with Dr. Ironside, who gave him a copy of his lectures on Romans. This man read the book on the train back to Montana, and by the time he reached Great Falls, he was a transformed man. He went into his pulpit and began to proclaim the truths of the book of Romans and the church was transformed. I have therefore had the experience of seeing a completely liberal church transformed to an evangelical testimony in the space of a few years by the power of the book of Romans.

Perhaps that will whet our appetites as we come to this great epistle. It was written to the Christians in Rome by the Apostle Paul. He was spending a few months in Corinth before going up to Jerusalem to carry that famous collection of money which had been gathered together by the churches of Asia for the needy saints in Jerusalem.

We do not know how the church in Rome was started -- perhaps by Christians who had been converted at Pentecost and returned to the capital city. Paul was writing to them because he had heard of their faith, and he wanted to fulfill it to the utmost; he wanted them to be soundly based in the truth. Thus this letter constitutes a magnificent explanation of the total message of Christianity. It contains almost every Christian doctrine in some form, and is a panorama of the marvelous plan of God for the redemption of man.

If you had no other book of the Bible than this, you would find every Christian teaching at least mentioned here. This, then, is what we might call the master key to all of the Scriptures. If you really grasp the book of Romans in its total argument you will find yourself at home in any other part of the Scriptures.