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The “Jesus Focus” in the Book of Romans

25 Mar

Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in the Book of Romans

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook

Chart adapted from *Dr. Michael Williams Book

Title for Romans

Romans: Theme

Romans 6:23

“Death to Life”

Through Christ, God brings His chosen ones from death to life.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Christ-Focus in Romans

Implications from Romans

Hooks from Romans

Jesus died to sin and lives for the glory of God.

“For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.”

 

– Romans 6:10

We have died to sin through the death of Christ, and through the resurrection of Christ we live for God’s glory.

“So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

 

– Romans 6:11

 

What harmful habits are you having a hard time kicking?

Why might that be?

What is standing in your way to a more fulfilling life?

How would you describe a more fulfilling life?

*Michael James Williams in his own words: “After my conversion in the U. S. Navy (in a submarine beneath the North Atlantic!), I entered Columbia Bible College, where I received a B.A. (1985). This was followed by an M.A. in Religion at Westminster Theological Seminary (1987) and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (1999). In 2000, I was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church, and since 1995 have been teaching at Calvin Theological Seminary. I have also taught courses at Westminster Theological Seminary, the University of Pennsylvania, and brief stints in Limuru, Kenya; Donetsk, Ukraine; and Warsaw, Poland. In addition to articles on Old Testament topics in various reference works and academic journals, and contributing to and editing “Mishneh Todah: Studies in Deuteronomy and Its Cultural Environment in Honor of Jeffrey H. Tigay” (2009); I have authored “Deception in Genesis: A Comprehensive Analysis of a Unique Biblical Phenomenon” (2001); “The Prophet and His Message: Reading Old Testament Prophecy Today” (2003); and, most recently, “How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture” (2012). My amazing wife, Dawn, and I enjoy hiking and all things outdoors.”

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