We begin our study of Romans 1-3, where we will learn about Paul, why he wrote this letter and who he wrote it too. Studying the first three chapters will help you to understand Romans and the standard of righteousness in the believer’s life. In this study, today, we will read these chapters several times as we mark keywords and absorb the message it is telling us.
If you have not yet downloaded the Romans 1-3 Worksheet, you will need to do so. The worksheet will help you to be successful in this study. Did you sign up for the Insiders Pod to gain access to the Study Material Library? Take a moment to sign up now and the password will be emailed to you right away.
Have you seen the introduction post for this study? If not, you can read this on Romans Ch 1-3. This will give you the details for our group study. As well, there is a post called DIG Gals Bible Study: Romans 1-3 Overview that you might want to review. Every bit of information helps, right?
The other study aids you will need are:
- download and print the necessary study material such as the Master Keyword List and download only Kari King Dent’s Keyword List (I use this for reference only)
- gather the tools needed, ie, Micron pens, colour pencils, etc.
- join the DIG Gals Bible Study group on Facebook
- follow my blog to receive the Thursday study posts
Okay, let’s get started! In today’s study, I want to take you through the Inductive Method step-by-step. This is especially helpful if you are a relatively new student of this study method or if you have not studied this way before. So, to do that, I have photos of my Bible and worksheet so you can get the gist of it.
What is the first thing we do in any Bible Study? Pray!
Holy Spirit, open our eyes so we may see what you want us to learn about Paul and the believers in Rome. When we get stuck, help us to unravel it so we can understand. Your word is rich with truth and this book is foundational for our faith. Help us to read and learn so we can apply your standard to our lives. We thank you for your word, we thank you for teaching us. We thank you for Your presence in our lives. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Week 1, Romans 1 – 3 Assignment
The assignment for this week is
Read chapters 1 – 3:
- through once to get a basic understanding of the content
- read again, but this time pay attention to WHO the author is and mark it accordingly
- reading a third time but now pay attention to WHO the recipients are and mark them accordingly
- record on your worksheet what you learned about Paul
- also record why Paul wrote this letter. Did you find a reason in any of these chapters? A clue…it’s in the first chapter.
- what did you learn about the recipients? Record it on the worksheet as well.
This doesn’t seem to hard, does it? You will read the three chapters three times, first to capture the essence of the chapters, then you will mark the WHO in the chapters.
To give you a bit of how I mark or code my keywords,
- for the author, I circle it with a turquoise pencil.
- the recipient is shaded with an orange pencil.
For example, chapter 1:
- verse 1, look for the author’s name and circle it. I also circled his description of himself as well.
- in verse 3, there is a pronoun that he is a part of, circle it.
- as you continue to read, be aware of the nouns and pronouns for the author and circle each.
Once you have completed marking the author throughout all three chapters, you will read the text again to mark the recipients. Sometimes finding the recipients can be more challenging so read carefully as there is no need to rush through this. Determining the author and recipients first before anything else will eliminate wondering some of the ‘who is who’ bit.
As I mentioned, I shade the recipients with an orange pencil. Again, mark nouns and pronouns. To help you determine the recipients, let’s think about the citizens of Rome. Are they Jews or Gentiles or both? As we read further, we will determine who the Roman saints are.
If you look at your worksheet, you will see that “Gentiles” is one of the keywords and should have its own distinct marking. If you want, you can add the word “Jew” to your keyword list on the worksheet.
As you can see from my markings, I determined that the recipients are first identified in verse 7 as “To all” and “beloved of God, called to be saints.” Then I marked the pronouns, ‘you’ and ‘your’ accordingly.
This image doesn’t show it but I marked “Gentiles” with the same orange shading but then added a red rectangular box around the word.
I even marked the word “Jew” distinctively as I wanted to be able to spot it quickly. I kept the same orange shading but added a bright green circle around the word.
Recording on the Worksheet
Okay, let’s move to the worksheet now. On page four, you will record what you learned about Paul, why he wrote the letter and anything you learn about recipients.
Let’s get you started.
What I learn about Paul
Okay, now the fun begins! You have marked all instances of the author by noun and pronoun. To answer the question, What I learn about Paul, you can now quickly look through all the markings for the author and write out what you learned about Paul.
It is good practice to identify the address where you found the detail because when you look back, it will be there and you won’t have to re-read to locate it.
- he calls himself a servant of Jesus Christ
- describes himself as ‘called to be an apostle’
- and he is separated to the gospel by God
- he thanks God for the saints in Rome
- God is his witness whom he serves in the gospel
- without ceasing, he prays for the saints
You can continue with the rest of the three chapters to record on your worksheet what you learn about Paul. Sorry, can’t give you all the answers!
Notice how I record the ‘address’ of the verses.
Why Paul wrote this letter
Sometimes finding Paul’s reason for writing is quite easy. Turn with me to 1 John 1. The obvious word “write” is in verse 4. His reason for writing is “And these things write we unto you that your joy may be full.” This was easy to spot but it isn’t always so easy. Turn back to Romans 1. As I read this chapter over and over, it finally came to me his reason for writing. Did you find it yet?
Let me help you. Read verses 10-13, KJV.
10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;
12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
When you have a lot of text as in the above verses, summarize it to fit the space. However, this isn’t the only place where he states his reason for writing. Don’t jump ahead but the last two chapters of Romans also has a reason for writing. So save space for the rest of his reasons.
What I learn about the recipients
Okay, now let’s change our focus from the author to the recipients. You are looking for your orange shading (or whatever colour/marking you chose) and now you will record on the worksheet what you have learned about them.
Stating the address, as chapter.verse, it looks like this:
1.7 – to all in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints
1.8 – Paul thanks God for the saints as their faith is spoken of throughout the whole world
1.9 – the author prays for them always
1.11 – Paul wants them to know that he longs to see them so he can give them some spiritual gift for their spiritual growth
Now you continue on…there is more to record!
Should you run out of space to record details, you can summarize several verses, ie, in chapter 2, the Jews are guilty before God as are the Gentiles.
Keep praying and writing as you discover the answers.
That’s a Wrap
That’s it for week 1 assignment. Not so bad? How did you do? Did you come to the same conclusions I did regarding your findings?
I hope you are not discouraged as the inductive study method is not learned overnight. We’ll keep at it and with the help of the Holy Spirit, you will begin to learn this fantastic study method for digging deep in the Word!
One more thing, don’t forget to stop by the Facebook DIG Gals Bible Study Group to interact with the gals there! Each Monday there will be more questions for you based on what you have marked in the weekly assignments for these three chapters. Join the group by clicking on the image below.
Again, if you haven’t printed the worksheet for this study, you can sign up for the Insiders Pod and the password for the Study Material Library will be emailed to you right away.
As always, I would love to hear from you. Please let me know what you think of this style of study post. Did you find it helpful as you studied along? I hope so!