NT356 The Book of Romans

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Course Description

This class will be an in-depth, verse-by-verse study through the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the believers in Rome.  Through the course we will study the background, history, and context of the Apostle Paul’s letter and how it impacts us today as the Body of Christ.  We will dive into the major doctrinal issues that Paul writes about, and see some of the different historical interpretations of these passages.

Course Objectives

  • Grow more in love with Jesus Christ, establishing a deeper knowledge of Him and intimacy with Him through the study of His Word.  The primary goal of this class and the CCSoD as a whole is to grow in your relationship with Jesus. 
  • Gain a complete macro-view of the Book of Romans to know what it says and how it fits into the canon of scripture as a whole. 
  • Learn the main principles and doctrines of Romans for believers in Jesus, to be able to better understand and defend your faith against attacks.
  • Wrestle with selected theological issues and form logical, theologically consistent explanations to these issues.

Course Requirements

Attendance/Participation – One aspect of grading will be based upon your attendance and participation during classes.  If you always come and share a little, you’ll do great!  Everyone is allowed one unexcused absence.

Homework –

  • Each week you will be required to read through the entire book of Romans. 
  • There will be required reading and book reports from the books The Gospel According to Grace and Why Grace Changes Everything by Pastor Chuck Smith, Costa Mesa, CA. The Word for Today, 2015. 

            *These books can be purchased or found for free in pdf format at https://cciog.org/e-books2/

  • Other smaller assignments will be given during the course of the semester.

*All homework assignments are due on the designated date; there will be NO late homework accepted.

Midterm – We will have a Midterm paper due during the term.  The paper will be a chapter-by-chapter summary of the book of Romans.

Final – We will have a Final Exam at the end of the semester on June 22nd. It will be a review of the material taught throughout the entire class.  

Grading

Your grade in this class will be based upon the criteria above.  The percentages are as follows:                                        

            Attendance      = 10%                                    

            Homework      = 40%

            Midterm          = 20%

            Final                = 30%

Grading Scale

            97-100 A+                   77-79 C+                     Below 60 F

            93-96 A                       73-76 C                                  

            90-92 A-                     70-72 C-

            87-89 B+                     67-69 D+

            83-86 B                       63-66 D

            80-82 B-                      60-62 D-

Plagiarism

Anyone who plagiarizes (i.e., presents as one’s own work something which has been taken from someone else) may receive an automatic failure on that piece of work and a warning. (Plagiarism can involve the taking of an idea or structure of a written work as well as the actual copying of what is written.) For a first-time offense, the student will receive a 0% grade for the paper with a 1-week grace period to rectify and correct the paper. If such corrections are made on time and to the standards of the course outline the result will be a grade maximum grade of 60%. A second offense of plagiarism will result in failure (“F”) for the final course grade.