Well I have finally done it. You wondered if I would ever reach the end of Romans. Some have told me I can’t believe you are now going through every one of those names in Romans 16.
It has taken 171 Gemz and 2,164 tweets (plus another 18 today) to cover the amazing book of Romans. It trust it has been worth it people. Judging by the response from you and the comments I have got back from some you have appreciated the depth I have gone to. Please give me your input so I can make sure I hit the spot for you. Many have told me I should publish these Gemz in a book and I will indeed do the website. That is a project to work on in the near future.
Two have asked me to take them off the daily emailed list for Gemz and put them on the weekly list. I really don’t understand that. If it were me I would want to get all the Gemz but then store them and go through at my leisure. Remember you can deal with the Gemz in your own time frame. I guess that will be easier to do when they are posted and indexed on the new website.
Well I trust you agree with me and with Martin Luther, Augustine, John Wesley, Chrysostum, Tyndale and many others.
1. Romans is worthy of our attention.
2. Romans is the only book of the New Testament where the gospel is fully defined and systematically outlined.
3. Romans is deep and has some interesting things to say. It is worthy of our attention.
4. A good understanding of the book of Romans is foundational to a good understanding of Christianity.
Many Christian leaders have been impacted by a study of Romans. I trust you too have been impacted.
I trust something has happened for you during our study of Romans. If that is the case then please share it with me. It will encourage me too.
My suggestion now is that you re-read Romans after having followed my Gemz to this point. Read the book again to get the Gemz and the flow of the book more firmly in your mind.
I won’t pick out the themes of Romans again and summarise the book for you. I will let you do that. It is a good technique to get the book more firmly in your mind.
See you at Gaius’ house in Corinth in a few weeks. Talk to me in the interim.
Martin Luther said: Without doubt, whoever takes this letter to heart possesses the light and power of the Old Testament. Therefore each and every Christian should make this letter the habitual and constant object of his study.
We should not only use all the brains we have, but all that we can borrow. Woodrow Wilson
You cannot gain experience without paying a price. Bob Gass
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It's tragic to pay the price for experience and not learn the lesson. Bob Gass