An adult study class on Paul’s “greatest letter” with Fr. Terry J. Hedrick (Ph.D., Durham University, UK). Join us for “Living in the Kingdom Now” on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM. The class meets in Fellowship Hall.
A Study in St Paul’s Letter to the Romans
We will be considering a detailed reflection on the Letter to the Romans, as some say, “St. Paul’s greatest letter.” It has certainly influenced some of the greatest renewal movements in the history of the Church. There was a young intellectual, struggling desperately with his moral life and searching for the meaning of life, who found himself alone weeping in a garden and heard a voice saying to him, “Take and read. Take and read.” He picked up a book left by a friend and read Romans 13:13-14, those verses set him free, we know him as St Augustine (AD 354-430).
A little over 1,000 years later, a young monk was wrestling with how he could understand the “righteousness of God”. He would be the catalyst of what we know as the Protestant Reformation, his name was Martin Luther.
Finally, it was on the evening of 24 May 1738 that an unwilling and unconverted Anglican clergyman went to a meeting of Moravian refugees in Aldersgate Street to listen to the reading of Luther’s commentary on Romans. Later he wrote, “About a quarter before nine, while [the reader] was describing the change wherein God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given that he had taken my sins, even mine; and saved me from the law of sin and death.” His name was John Wesley. Through the ministry of John Wesley, the spiritual awakening that began in England reached America and had a tremendous impact on revitalizing the life of the Christian Church.
What we will experience in this study are some the most profound Christian truths concerning the Christian Life.
Winter class resumes January 10, 2018
Please note the following schedule exceptions:
- February 14, Ash Wednesday
- March 28, Holy Week