Romans in Three Hours

John Byron posted on Facebook that he has a three-hour class in which to cover Romans. While the text could be read in that period of time, given its rich contents and extensive history of interpretation, doing justice to the text in that period might simply be impossible. John put it thus:

Today’s Task: Teach Romans in 3 hours.

I can hear the voices of Calvin, Luther, Barth, Cranfield, Barrett, Dunn, Fitzmyer, Jewett and a host of others crying out in pain.

Not to be so easily daunted, however, I jokingly suggested the following:

 “God is impartial. Jews and Gentiles have the same problem of sin. God has accomplished salvation for both through Christ. By the way, behave.”

Another friend of John’s named Jeff Cooley did even better:

 “I really would like your money so I can go to Spain. I know you’ve heard I’m crazy, but I’m really not. Also, I know all of these people you know, and they can testify to the fact that I’m not crazy. I repeat, I’m not crazy. Please have money ready when I arrive. Sincerely, Paul”

Could you summarize Romans? How would you do so? What would you include in a three-hour class?

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  • moody

    i’ve been teaching romans for 3 months up to chapter 5

  • Simon Cozens

    “Can’t you buggers all just get along?”

  • Lindsay Stafford

    I think Chapter 12 v 1 is the best summary; and this is one of the few times that I believe that the KJV has the best interpretation. “reasonable service”, to me, is a far better rendition than “spiritual worship”:-
    Therefore (chapters 1 – 11) …. present your bodies (all that we have and are) …….(and it still is only) reasonable service.

  • Theodore A. Jones

    Romans in three hours!? Why take so long? About 35 seconds is enough if the right teacher is the teacher.
    “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” Rom. 2:13 This statement is both the premise and summary of Romans.