• The Church and the Christian Life Media Resource by

    That we are delivered from the guilt, penalty, and dominion of sin in our justification and sanctification, respectively, makes the gospel very personal to us all. Yet personal does not mean individualistic. The gospel gathers people into a community of fellow believers, the church of Jesus Christ. We are called to live as believers corporately—not in isolation from one another. After all, Paul more often than not writes his letters to churches, gives commands to believers existing together, and continually uses “one another” language to speak of our relationships with fellow believers. In this lesson, Dr. Waters wants us to … View Resource

  • The Future Media Resource by

    Our focus in this series has been on the gospel that Paul preached, one that meets us at our point of need as sinners and continues with us all the way. Thus, it is fitting that Dr. Waters in our last lesson brings us to the end as we wrap up all that Christ purposes for us in the future. In many respects, we have seen already in the gospel that the future breaks into the present. Whether it is our justification or sanctification, we grasp to some extent now what awaits us in the end. Through the Spirit, as … View Resource

  • Sanctification, Part 1 Media Resource by

    We have just studied justification by faith alone, which is at the heart—but is not the totality of—the gospel Paul preached. Indeed, we are delivered not only from the guilt and penalty of sin in justification, but also sin’s dominion, presence, and power in sanctification, which entails becoming “slaves to righteousness” (Rom. 6:19). Thus, we move from the standing of justification by imputed righteousness to the renewed life of sanctification by transformational righteousness. Paul opens up sanctification at length in Romans 6, 7, and 8, which concern us in this and the next two lessons. In this message from Romans … View Resource

  • Sanctification, Part 2 Media Resource by

    In our last lesson, we began studying sanctification, which is very much a part of the gospel Paul preached (Rom. 6:19). Those who are justified become slaves of righteousness in glad submission to Christ and in the power of His resurrected life. However, we must not see sanctification as a steady succession of victories completed in weeks or months, but as a constant battle against sin in this life. In this lesson, Dr. Waters opens up Paul’s teaching on this struggle in Romans 7, which finds connections to Paul’s teaching on the battle fought between the flesh and the Spirit … View Resource

  • Sanctification, Part 3 Media Resource by

    In our last two lessons, we looked at Paul’s teaching on sanctification from Romans 6 and 7, especially as it related to our union with Christ in His death and resurrection and how we live under His rule. In Christ, sin no longer reigns in our lives, but it does remain, leaving us to struggle against it throughout the entire Christian life. In this lesson, Dr. Waters opens up one more area in Paul’s thought related to sanctification. Specifically, he shows us that this Christian life of dying to sin and living to righteousness remains impossible without the ministry of … View Resource

  • Justification, Part 1 Media Resource by

    In this lesson and the next, we will explore the doctrine of justification, which Dr. Waters calls “the crown jewel of the gospel of Jesus Christ that Paul preached.” Likewise, Calvin labeled it “the main hinge on which religion turns,” while Luther claimed, “if the article of justification is lost, all Christian doctrine is lost at the same time.” We will begin at Romans 3:21, which reads, “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law.” Once sinners see the need for the righteousness of God, that gift can be presented to them. As Martyn Lloyd … View Resource

  • Justification, Part 2 Media Resource by

    In the last lecture, we looked at justification by the imputed righteousness of Christ through faith alone as a gift from God. In Romans 5, Paul tells us the blessings that come with justification: peace with God, the presence of the Holy Spirit, access into his presence, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Then in verses 12 through 21, Paul wants us to know that our justification rests on the surest possible foundation to give us comfort in the midst of suffering. Thus, in this lecture, we will see how Paul takes up the work of the second Adam, Christ, … View Resource

  • Sin, Part 1 Media Resource by

    In the last lesson, we began with a summary of the gospel from 1 Corinthians 15. As we continue our studies, we will open up this message in more detail from Paul’s epistle to the Romans. In this lesson, we see that Paul begins with sin, a topic not discussed much today. In Romans 1:16-17, arguably the thesis statement of Romans, Paul shows us that Christ’s righteousness is at the heart of the gospel. However, instead of speaking of this righteousness in detail right away, Paul discusses sin at length (Rom. 1:18). He knows we need to see our unrighteousness … View Resource

  • Sin, Part 2 Media Resource by

    In the last lesson we began to look at the gospel Paul preached by considering the sin that makes the good news necessary. In Romans, Paul shows us how widespread and deep-rooted this plague of sin is. For hearts in rebellion against God, His gift of righteousness only makes sense if we lay hold of our unrighteousness and incapability of becoming righteous on our own (Rom. 3:20). In this lesson, we find Paul continuing to open up for us the seriousness of sin. Specifically, Dr. Waters, through Paul, shows us the landscape of humanity and traces the problem of sin … View Resource

  • The Two Ages Media Resource by

    In our last message, we witnessed Paul’s glorious conversion to and call from the Savior. At this time, Paul received the charge to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the remainder of our studies, we will focus on that message in detail. In this lesson, after giving us an introduction to the gospel Paul preached, Dr. Waters shows how we must view it as necessarily rooted in history or in terms of the “Two Ages” connected to it. We learn of the present age and the age to come in Christ. As believers, we live in the overlap of … View Resource

  • Paul’s Conversion and Calling Media Resource by

    In Acts 8, Saul of Tarsus was on his way to Damascus to apprehend Christians fleeing from persecution in that city. Little did he realize that the Lord was shaping his entire life for this decisive moment. Both Paul (Gal. 1, Phil. 3, and 1 Tim. 1) and Luke (Acts 9, 22, and 26) would one day look back on this event as a watershed in Paul’s life. On this very Damascus road, as Dr. Waters observes, “grace burst into the life of Saul of Tarsus.” In this lesson, then, we will study the details of Paul’s conversion and calling. … View Resource

  • Paul’s Life Media Resource by

    Imagine if you were a first-century Christian meeting the Apostle Paul—or Saul of Tarsus, as he was called by his Jewish name. Instead of admiring him, you likely would have feared him as you faced this violent persecutor of believers. With this fact and other details in mind, we start this study of Paul’s thought with an examination of his life. Why not just jump into his theology? Because, as Dr. Waters affirms, we “can’t separate Paul the theologian from Paul the man, and Scripture certainly does not.” In this lesson, then, we will learn of Saul before his conversion … View Resource

  • N.T. Wright’s Doctrine of Justification (Part 2) Media Resource by

    The Christ the Center panel discusses N. T. Wright’s new book Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision with Guy Prentiss Waters, associate professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss. View Resource

  • N.T. Wright’s Doctrine of Justification (Part 1) Media Resource by

    The Christ the Center panel discusses N. T. Wright’s new book Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision with Guy Prentiss Waters, associate professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss.  View Resource