This is Blog post #1 in the Study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. I personally use a technique called Saturation Bible Study. Saturation can be used alongside any other type of Bible Study technique. The idea is to take your time, soak in the Word. It is like dropping a dry sponge into a bucket of water. The sponge soaks up the water until the whole sponge is saturated. When you pick up that sponge out of the bucket it is heavy and dripping with water. When you squeeze the sponge, the water comes out and soaks everything it comes into contact with, or even some things that are just nearby.
You can learn how to do saturation from a video series at Life Message International. It is a very in-depth series and I highly recommend it.
Another resource for learning Saturation Bible Study is Cross Style Ministries. This course must be purchased but it is also something I would recommend. If you would like to hear preaching that comes out of this type of study you can check them out here.
Saturation is the overarching technique that I will be using as we walk through the Book of Romans together, but I will also be using variations of inductive Bible study, the three question method, and listening prayer along with it.
Step 1 is to gather as much information as we can about the book itself, it’s author, and the culture of the people this Epistle was written to. We spent over a month doing this in the Women’s Bible Study. You can follow the links below to find information about the Book of Romans, or you can use your own resources. The idea is to have a complete and thorough understanding of what you are about to read before you start reading it.
Introduction to the Book of Romans: A good study Bible will also have this information at the front of each book.
Blue Letter Bible
The Life and Missionary Journeys of Paul: Any good Bible dictionary should have information about Paul, or you can use your concordance to find the scriptural record in the book of Acts.
Holman Bible Dictionary
Bakers Bible Dictionary
Here is a timeline of Paul’s life alongside when he wrote each letter and Roman history.
History and Culture of Rome: I used a TV series that I love called Drive Thru History. They present world history alongside Christian history, explaining the role Christianity plays, and how Christianity was affected, by events in history. I watched it using my Pureflix subscription.
Here are some online sources also.
The Jewish Roman World
Origins of the Church at Rome
Roman Empire and Christianity.
Keep everything you learn in a file on whatever device you get online with, or write it in a notebook that you are using solely for this study.
Once you feel you understand what the epistle to the Romans is about. It’s theme, purpose, audience, and author; Once you understand who Paul is and why he wanted so badly to go to Rome; and once you have an understanding of the history of Rome as well as the culture of that time; You are ready to open your Bible to the Book of Romans. Read the entire book before you move on the the next step. Don’t worry about taking notes, the idea is just to get an overview of the entire book before we start picking out all the little nuggets.
Stay Tuned for step #2 as we walk together through Romans.