Following God Series: The Book of Romans
By Eddie Rasnake
“How can the contents of a letter written nearly two thousand years ago have anything to do with me?” some might ask. The truth is that Paul’s letter to the church members of Rome is just as relevant today as the day it was written. Its central message of justification by faith is needed just as much, and its impact hasn’t faded over the generations. The impact this letter has had upon Eddie Rasnake prompted him to write The Book of Romans, a twelve week interactive Bible study that covers every single verse of Paul’s epistle. Each week’s lesson digs deeply into this treasure trove of spiritual jewels called Romans. As you walk verse by verse through its chapters and become intimately acquainted with all its wealth, you will learn how God’s plan of salvation, once reserved for the Jews, was now, at long last, open to Gentiles in Rome and upon every corner of the globe.
No matter where you are in your Christian walk, you will receive new insights into age-old foundational doctrines regarding sin, repentance, justification and just how all-encompassing God’s grace truly is. Aside from the teachings of Jesus Christ, Paul’s epistle to the Romans contains the clearest foundational truths pertaining to salvation and Christian living found anywhere in Scripture. Through this Following God Bible study, you will see how the ageless message of Romans should be lived out today.
In the pages of this book, you will find answers to the following questions:
- Why did Paul write to the church members at Rome, and what made him qualified to write specifically to the believers there?
- What makes Paul’s letter to the church at Rome unique when compared to his other letters?
- Why did Paul choose this letter to be his biggest source of fundamental Christian doctrine?
- What foundational teachings stem from the statement in Romans 1:17, “The righteous man shall live by faith?”
- How and to what extent does God make Himself evident to those who have never heard the gospel message?
- What are the shortcomings in trusting in our religious beliefs for salvation?
- When balancing God’s grace upon redeemed sinners with the arbitrary requirements of His law, where is the happy medium between legalism and license?
Eddie Rasnake met Christ in 1976 as a freshman in college. He graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University in 1980. he and his wife, Michele, served for nearly seven years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. Their first assignment was the University of Virginia, and while there they also started a Campus Crusade ministry at James Madison University. Eddie then served four years as campus director of the Campus Crusade ministry at the University of Tennessee. In 18989, Eddie left Campus Crusade to join Wayne Barber at Woodland Park Baptist Church as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Training. He has been ministering in Eastern Europe in the role of equipping local believers for more than a decade and has published materials in Albanian, German, Greek, Italian, Romanian, and Russian. Eddie serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Christian Leadership in Tirana, Albania, and the Bible Training Center in Eleuthera, Bahamas. He also serves as chaplain for the Chattanooga Lookouts (Cincinnati Reds AA Affiliate) baseball team. Eddie and his wife Michele live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with their four children.