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500 years ago, Martin Luther was a German monk who had been taught that God required him to live a righteous life in order to be saved. And so he had grown to hate God, for first requiring of him what he could not do, and then for leaving him to fail: “Although an impeccable monk, I stood before God as a sinner … therefore I did not love a righteous and angry God, but rather hated and murmured against him.” Then he came across these words in the book of Romans: “The just shall live by faith.” That changed everything for Luther. It was Romans that lit the fire in his heart, began the Protestant Reformation, and literally changed the history of the western world. Romans is one of the most revolutionary books of all time - and rightfully so, because Romans was written by a great revolutionary named the Apostle Paul.

In this powerful epistle, Paul writes about THE answer to every problem – the GOSPEL. And the Gospel must be BAD news before it becomes GOOD news. It pronounces us DEAD before it declares how we can be ALIVE. It is revolutionary in a very personal way. In this series, Pastor Raymond and his friend "Fred" join forces to discover the life-giving power of the Gospel through a verse-by-verse study of the most theological book in the Bible.

Dead & Alive: A Study of Romans (2014)

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