1 – Background to Romans

We can draw out many things from reading old letters in the New Testament, things that encourage us in the issues we are facing in our own lives at various times. But what were the issues these letters were originally addressing? How did the words the letters used fit...

Foreword to Revelation Study Notes

BEFORE YOU TAKE THE SPECK OUT OF ANOTHER’S EYE… It’s very difficult to believe that the church in the first century, largely still made up of a very significant Jewish community, and still identified with the synagogue and temple in Jerusalem, didn’t consider...

2.1 – A New Creation

This first section of Romans traces how the creation is destroyed by an idolatrous and boastful humanity. In place of this Paul introduces the gospel of faithfulness: to love God and love neighbour – the Hebrew shema – brought about in our lives by the...

1.1 – Who Was Revelation Written To?

What we call the book of Revelation was a letter, written by John to seven churches in Asia Minor. (Rev 1:4) The letter was written in the first century, so whatever the letter says must have had relevance to the first people who received it. John was addressing the...

2.2 – The Faithfulness of God

Paul is “not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) There is a continued contrast here to the Roman world of brutal injustice and power, in which Christ was crucified. Rome...