More than anything else, Luther’s firm belief in the principle Sola Scripture, Scripture Alone, was most responsible for his efforts to reform the church of his day. For him, all doctrine and teaching had to be based on Scripture.
The book of Romans was so important to him that, in the introduction to his commentary on Romans, he wrote, “This epistle is really the chief part of the New Testament, and is truly the purest gospel. It is worthy not only that Christians should know it word for word, by heart, but also that they should occupy themselves with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul.”
Rick Bradley is leading a study of Romans, using Max Lucado’s book, In the Grip of Grace as a guide. Of Romans, Lucado says, “An epistle for the self-sufficient, Romans contrasts the plight of people who choose to dress in self-made garments with those who gladly accept the robes of grace.”