Walking Out Romans

Walking Out Romans

Starting in June 2022, we have been studying Paul’s epistle to the Romans. At the encouragement of several people, and as we enter the season of the Fall Feasts and take a brief break from the series, we are going to be publishing a series of posts that highlight the messages and make them easier to consume for those that may have missed one or more of them or who want to “catch up” before we continue the series of messages in October.

Check back tomorrow (Tue, Sep 23) for the first post/message or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or our YouTube channel.

The Book of Romans is a bedrock of Christian Theology and if you have spent any time in the Church, you may think that you know what it has to say. But you may be surprised to find that this book may not say what you think it says…. Inconceivable!, Right?! Actually, No! 

The theologian Martin Luther’s said in the preface to his commentary, 

This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul. It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well. 

Martin luther

Did you catch that? “It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well.”

So join us as we examine—or should that be re-examine—the Book of Romans in the historical context of to whom it was written and when it was written and through the lens of Messianic Judaism. 

WOR: Abraham Set Right by Faith

Abraham Set Right by Faith – Rom 4:1-12 So we have established in the first three chapters of Romans that “all have sinned,” but that ADONAI has made a way to salvation through Messiah Yeshua. Chapter three ended by wondering if that has made irrelevant all that the LORD said and did in the Hebrew Scriptures before ...

WOR: How G-d Accepts Us

How G-d Accepts Us – Rom 3:21-31 By now as we should have seen, Paul has made his point.  What is his point?  Everyone is on the same footing when standing before G-d in the final judgment.  Next, Paul is going to introduce some good news. If all have sinned, Jew and Gentile, then ADONAI has made a ...

WOR: No One Is Acceptable

No One Is Acceptable – Rom 3:1-20 So if Gentiles, while remaining Gentiles, can inherit the Kingdom, what then is the advantage of the Jew? Paul is addressing the thought that to “Inherit the Kingdom,” Gentiles had to convert and become Jews, as was the common thought in the first century. The irony should not escape us that, ...

WOR: Jewish People Fall Short Too

Jewish People Fall Short Too – Rom 2:17-29 One thing that is vital to understanding and applying Romans is that, in Paul’s letter, there are two “kinds” of Jews in view: (1) natural-born Jews and (2) God-fearing Gentiles who have undergone ritual conversion to Judaism to become proselytes. And in this portion, we need to understand that ...

WOR: G-d’s Judgment on Unrighteousness

G-d’s Judgment on Unrighteousness – Rom 2:1-16 Sha’ul, in the first chapter of Romans, told us that people seek the lowest level in life unless there is something that comes to turn us around.  Reminding us of the final result in Judgement, he tells us what can turn this around. There is depravity unless people come ...

WOR: Yet All Are Guilty

Yet All Are Guilty – Rom 1:18-32 Sha’ul, Paul, begins his explanation of how we are to walk with a background of how all are guilty. He highlights how all of us, even the pagan Gentiles, have known better. Elder John takes us on this journey of descent in three stages. Paul makes it clear that ...

WOR: Introducing Paul and His Message

Introducing Paul and His Message – Rom 1:1-7 Rav Sha’ul’s (or Paul’s—remember his name was never changed) letter to the Romans can be dated with some confidence to the winter of 56-57 CE. This puts it towards the end of his 3rd missionary journey (probably from Corinth). It was written to the community in Rome as a ...