162: Paul to the Romans (NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36)

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In his most carefully crafted letter, Paul lays out his gospel message, focusing on topics such as the role of the Law, both Jewish and moral, the struggle between desires of flesh and spirit, and the fate of Israel. You be the judge of how well he explains himself!

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Class Member Reading: Romans

Additional Reading: Bible Dictionary, “Grace,” 697; “Pauline Epistles: Romans,” 745.

Scripture Chain: Romans 1:7–8; Romans 12:9–21; Ephesians 4:1–3; Mosiah 3:19; D&C 4:5–6 ; D&C 88:74–77, 81


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).


00:00 Introduction
Sunday School
02:50 Significance of Romans
03:43 Outline of Romans
05:55 Romans 1
12:45 Romans 2
20:21 Romans 3
27:21 Romans 4
31:56 Romans 5
36:24 Romans 6
44:25 Romans 7
50:14 Romans 8
57:43 Romans 9
01:04:31 Romans 10
01:08:00 Romans 11
01:13:56 Romans 12
01:17:46 Romans 13
01:20:40 Romans 14
01:24:37 Romans 15
01:31:03 Romans 16
01:36:00 Additional reading/scripture chain
01:40:42 Does “Jewish Law” matter to us?
01:43:26 Our “old self” crucified in Christ/flesh and spirit
01:44:27 “all things work together for the good of those who love God” (Romans 8:28)
01:45:45 Don’t judge
Scripture Study
01:46:07 The distinctive context of Romans
01:47:02 Paul and the Law
01:47:55 Paul and the salvation of Israel
01:51:00 Paul and Jerusalem and Spain
01:52:02 Book Recommendation: Adam Miller’s writings
Study Notes
01:55:06 Homosexuality and the Bible
01:56:56 Flesh/spirit dualism and the scientific worldview
01:59:09 Class discussion



“His Grace is Sufficient”, BYU speech by professor Brad Wilcox

Notes on Romans by Dr. David Simmons (broken link)

Featured book: Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan, Adam Miller’s “urgent paraphrase” of Romans ($3 on Kindle!)

Letters to a Young Mormon, Adam Miller

“Object Lessons”, Joanna Brooks speaking at The Porch

Junia is Not Alone, Scot McKnight

The Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness, On Being (applicable to discussions of flesh/spirit)


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Thanks to William Newman for editing the discussion, and to Marshal McDonald for the bumper music!

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