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Romans: The Gospel of Salvation Study Program
The Gospel of Salvation
Paul’s letter to the Romans has been at the center of reflection, conversion, and controversy from the very beginning. Romans: The Gospel of Salvation provides an authentically Catholic, comprehensive, yet simple way to understand the overarching theme of Romans—salvation. Romans: The Gospel of Salvation reveals the way in which the gospel of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of Israel’s hope, which leads to the universal, “Catholic” family of God.
In this 8-session program, author and presenter Dr. Andrew Swafford, associate professor of theology at Benedictine College,and co-presenter Jeff Cavins examine Paul’s letter to the Romans, providing historical context and highlighting the connections to Jesus and Christianity Paul makes with the Old Testament.
In Romans: The Gospel of Salvation, Catholics will learn...
- The Catholic teaching on salvation
- How to explain salvation to non-Christians
- What is required for salvation—faith or works
- What Paul really means by “works” not leading to salvation
- How Christ’s death changed humanity’s relationship with God
- The meaning of the controversial passages in Romans
- The Catholic teaching on grace
- How we enter into Christ
Components of the Romans Bible study program include:
- Romans: The Gospel of Salvation DVD set, which includes eight 25-minute video presentations.
- Romans: The Gospel of Salvation Workbook, which contains session summaries, home reading assignments, study questions and responses, and talk notes designed to accompany the videos.
Dr. Swafford and Cavins explain that salvation is about entering into Christ’s life and death and sharing in his eternal sonship. Salvation is not merely an acquittal—it’s not just the removal of a guilty verdict. Salvation is about divine adoption, whereby we become sons and daughters in Christ. Salvation is thus a dynamic process, which begins in new birth and continues in the Spirit’s continual transformation of our lives. In other words, it is not a static reality or a one-time event.
Participants in the Romans: The Gospel of Salvation study program should have a Catholic Bible. We recommend The Great Adventure Catholic Bible, which incorporates the same color-coded Bible Timeline Learning System used throughout Great Adventure Bible studies.