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An Impromptu Introduction To Romans from a Walmart Parking Lot

Sometimes my travel and work schedule gets a little hectic. In addition to missing my family while I’m away and trying to find time to do my own writing and research while keeping up with my work at the Moody Center, it can be challenging to build relationships with the people at church (shout out to Valleybrook Community Church in Elburn, IL!).

While I can’t make it to Bible study as much as I’d like, I really enjoy it when I do. A couple of weeks ago, we started a study of the book of Romans and since I’d recently taught through the book on a study abroad trip, I was asked to give an introduction to the book. I happened to be heading out of town and couldn’t make the study, so I did the next best thing and recorded a quick video while sitting in the Walmart parking lot. I did the video for the study, but I thought I’d share it here as well. You can watch it here.

Despite being an “Old Testament guy,” I’ve been thinking back through Romans a fair amount lately. The more I read the book, the more convinced I am that Paul’s primary interest is to demonstrate the unity of the body of Christ and to remind the believers in Rome that being differences just make us different…not better.

We have a lot to learn from one another as members of the body of Christ. We, like I believe Paul does in Romans 15, need to be willing to prioritize acts that demonstrate our unity as members of the body of Christ. By studying Romans, my hope is that we, as the community of faith, might learn to please God together.

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