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Category: Romans

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Why God's Grace Is So Radical

The truth is that grace, or gift, was not a concept unique to the Christian faith in the first century. In fact, even pagan religion afforded grace a role in the relationship between the gods and their followers. What makes the grace of the Christian gospel unique? In today’s Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. John Barclay explains that it’s the nature of the recipients—us—that is so telling about the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

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Ken Collins on John Wesley 03: Free Grace

Listen in on Steve Martyn and Ken Collins as they host a series preaching through John Wesley’s sermons, arranged topically according to the Order of Salvation. This week, enjoy Free Grace (Romans 8:32). Check back every Sunday for a new sermon.

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Resources on the Book of Romans

Since starting Seedbed, we’ve accrued many resources on one of the most influential books of all time. The letter to the Romans is worth studying and knowing well. Here we’ve gathered together videos from 3 of the world’s leading New Testament scholars who all address different aspects of this rich word of God.

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Does Romans 9-11 Teach Calvinist Predestination?

Does Romans 9-11 teach Calvinist predestination? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Ben Witherington explains that Paul’s aim is to refute the idea that God now favored the Romans, or Gentiles, rather than the Jews. In the process, he explains how the terms predestination, election, and salvation relate—or don’t relate—to one another.

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Does Romans 7 Teach that Christians Will Continue Sinning?

Some point to Romans 7 as the proof-text for the saint-sinner paradox, suggesting that if even the apostle Paul struggled with his unrelenting flesh, Christians must face defeat in certain areas of their Christian life. On the contrary, Ben Witherington suggests that ancient rhetoric illuminates the passage in a way that eliminates Paul as the subject of this passage and paints a more optimistic picture of God’s sanctifying grace.

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How I Took a Wrong Turn on the Romans Road

Christians are very familiar with the “Roman Road” way of explaining salvation and doing evangelism. But what if it leads you down the wrong way? In this article, Ken Roach argues that this reading of Romans misunderstands the point Paul is making and ultimately obscures the vision of salvation presented in the New Testament.

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How We Get Paul's Theology Wrong

Ben Witherington maintains that behind Paul’s theologizing in Romans and other letters is not abstract ideas like God’s sovereignty, grace, nor even some order of salvation. Rather, it is stories—including that of Adam, Moses, and Jesus. This is what we might call Paul’s narrative thought world.

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