Romans – BIBL 161

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A thorough consideration of Paul’s theological masterpiece which forms a foundation for understanding the remaining epistles. Various doctrines that appear in this book will also be examined.




Why study the book of Romans? Romans may be described as the Apostle Paul’s magnum opus. It is a systematic presentation of the Gospel which reveals the righteousness of God. In addition to presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul addresses other significant issues relating to first century A.D. Christianity, including the Jew-Gentile relationship, the Christian’s relationship to the Torah, unity in the church, the Christian life, and the Christian’s relationship to government (just to mention a few). The book of Romans provides eternal principles that must be applied to contemporary situations. In sum, because of its profound message, its logical presentation of Christian truth (which is foundational to a clear apprehension of the truth imparted in the other Pauline epistles), and because of its propensity to impact the saved so that their lives will influence the lost for Jesus Christ, it is essential that every Christian study Paul’s letter to the Romans. The primary purpose of this course is to trace the theme of God’s Gospel as presented in the Book of Romans, emphasizing the specific aspect of His revealed righteousness.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Summarize and interpret the thought of Paul’s letter to the Romans both synthetically and analytically.
  2. Summarize the argument of Romans, tracing Paul’s thought section by section or chapter by chapter.
  3. Interpret and explain any passage and/or paragraph of Romans from a consistent viewpoint.
  4. Describe and explain the biblical doctrines of the gospel, condemnation, justification, sanctification, the role of Jews, submission to God, and Christian love.
  5. Articulate how Romans fits within the framework of salvation history.
  6. Reflect and evaluate knowledge and apply it to life and ministry in a 21st century context

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, Bible readings, and presentations

The student is expected to read the course textbook by Douglas J. Moo, Romans: The NIV Application Commentaryin its entirety. The modules/weeks are designed to guide the student through the textbook and the book of Romans in 8 weeks.

In addition to reading the textbook, the student is expected to read through the book of Romans at least twice from at least two different translations. The student will read Romans along with the textbook. In addition, the student will read through Romans in one sitting. The student may read from the translation of his/her choice. Several excellent translations exist, including the ESV, CSB, NIV, NASB, NET, NKJV, and KJV. The student will note that the Study Guides and Tests are based on the NIV (1985) translation.

Each module/week contains study guides that are designed to guide the student through the book of Romans and the Moo commentary and also to aid in his/her preparation for the 4 Tests.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board Forums (3)

The student will complete 3 Group Discussion Board Forums. For this collaborative discussion board, the thread will be posted in response to the instructor’s prompts. Then, the student will reply to 2 classmates’ threads. The student must be acutely aware of the time sensitivity of the Group Discussion Board Forums. (MLO: A, B, C)

Research Paper

This is a reading/research-driven course that culminates with a Research Paper. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Research Paper: Topic

The student will choose a provided topic on which to write his/her Research Paper.

Research Paper: Bibliography

The student will write a bibliography with a minimum of 10 peer-reviewed, scholarly sources in current Turabian format.

Research Paper: Thesis Statement

The student will write a clearly written thesis statement for his/her Research Paper.

Research Paper: Final Submission

The student will write a 5-7-page Research Paper based on his/her chosen topic in current Turabian format.

Spiritual Formation Project

A 3 to 4 page project that includes three major components: (1) personal reflection and evaluation; (2) community reflection and interaction; and (3) synthesis and application. (MLO: F)

Tests (4)

The student is required to complete 4 tests. The tests will be open-book/open-notes and will consist of 24–25 multiple-choice, true/false, and/or essay questions. The tests cover all required Reading & Study material. The student will have 1 hour to complete each test. (MLO: A, D)