It’s maybe the first lessons we learn as an adult: “Things take time.” It’s true of finding the perfect job, a soul mate, or even holding onto a life time relationship with God.
Romans is not the first book we encourage new faith followers to read. Instead we typically say, “Go to one of the gospels” because it’s there that we find the “stories of Jesus.” And Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are great places to begin our journey of faith but then where do we go? Where do we go to dig even deeper? We suggest that you go with us to Rome written by a man named, Paul.
Eugene Peterson writes, “The letter to the Romans is a piece of exuberant and passionate thinking. This is the glorious life of the mind enlisted in the service of God. Paul takes the well-witnessed and devoutly believed fact of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth and thinks through its implications. How does it happen that in the death and resurrection of Jesus, world history took a new direction, and at the same moment the life of every man, woman, and child on the planet was eternally affected? What is God up to? What does it mean that Jesus “saves”? What’s behind all this, and where is it going? These are the questions that drive Paul’s thinking. Paul’s mind is supple and capacious. He takes logic and argument, poetry and imagination, Scripture and prayer, creation and history and experience, and weaves them into this letter that has become the premier document of Christian theology. (Eugene Peterson, “The Message”)
So from early January to late June you are invited every Sunday morning on a journey like no other; a sojourn to meet the early followers of Jesus and a voyage to meet this God who would not let us go. Kirk and Allyson will be slowly and meticulously unwrapping this wonderful gift given to the church on Sunday mornings and then trying to apply even more during the week in one of our small groups. We hope you will travel the Road to Rome with us.