Romans – BIBL 161

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/15/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

The student will complete 3 Discussions. 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 Discussions. (CLOs: A, B, C)

Research Paper Assignments (4)

Topic Assignment

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

Bibliography Assignment

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

Thesis Statement Assignment

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

Final Assignment

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

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

Spiritual Formation Project Assignment

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. (CLO: F)

Quizzes (4)

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