Meeting Times at 4th United Presbyterian Church

Cafe' Worship: 9:15 a.m. each Sunday in Gathering Hall (activities provided for children; coffee; snacks)
Adult Sunday School: 10 a.m.

Sunday Worship: 11 a.m.

Bible Study: each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Community Forum: last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. with meal (no community forum in November, 2011)

About the 4th United Presbyterian Bible Blog

Posts on this blog are from me, Rev. George H. Waters, one of the two organizing co-pastors of 4th United Presbyterian Church. Our other organizing pastor was Rev. Sonya McAuley-Allen, who is now pastor of a church in Charlotte, N.C. Since June of 2011, Rev. Elizabeth Peterson has been our parish associate pastor for new church development. The earliest posts are sermon notes from the few I have typed the last two years. Then, there is a series of notes posted on the book of Romans. After that, it varies from week to week, sometimes church news, sometimes reflections on a happening, a passage of scripture, or even some pictures. This blog is meant to open the conversation we have going on in our church to others in our community.

The picture below is of our church's sanctuary, built in 1913.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Paul's Letter to the Romans

I am beginning a study of the New Testament book of Romans on this blog. You are invited to join this study by reading, studying on your own, and commenting when you have a comment or a question. I will be responding regularly to any comments.

This letter of the Apostle Paul to the Romans is the longest of Paul's letters that has survived. This relatively long letter was Paul's way of introducing the message he was preaching to a group of Christians who had never met Paul. He pays a lot of attention to the relationship between the truth of God revealed in Christ and the truth of God revealed in the holy Law. He also speaks very strongly about the relationship between Gentiles (non-Jews) and Jews in the working out of God's will to redeem humanity. This focus on the law and the spirit (way of Christ), and the Jews and the gentiles, causes me to think that Paul is addressing a group of Christian believers who are both Jewish and Gentile in heritage. More on that later.

So, if you would begin reading the 1st Chapter of Romans, I will be commenting on it throughout this week.

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