Introduction to Romans

(Rom. 1:5) Does this passage support Lordship Theology?

(Rom. 1:8) What does Paul mean when he says that their faith reached the “whole world”?

(Rom. 1:18) Is God wrathful?

(Rom. 1:24, 26, 28) Why does it say three times that God “gave them over” to their sin, if God loves people?

(Rom. 2:7) Does this verse teach that good works can get us into heaven?

(Rom. 2:22) What does it mean to “rob temples”?

(Rom. 2:24) Why does Paul cite Isaiah 52:5 and/or Ezekiel 36:20ff?

(Rom. 2:28-29) Does this passage teach that Christians inherit the Jewish promises of the Old Testament? (c.f. Phil. 3:3; Gal. 6:16)

(Rom. 3:11) Do humans seek for God or not?

(Rom. 3:22) Is this verse about the “faithfulness of Jesus” or is it about “our faith in Jesus”?

(Rom. 3:25) What does “propitiation” mean?

(Rom. 4:9-12) Is Paul teaching that the church has fulfilled the Abrahamic covenant?

(Rom. 5:1) Do we have justification in the past tense, or are we supposed to seek justification in the future tense?

(Rom. 5:12, 14) How can God judge all men for Adam’s sin, when it wasn’t their fault?

(Rom. 5:13) Did God not judge people before the time of the Law?

(Rom. 5:15, 17) Is Paul saying that everyone will be forgiven in the end?

(Rom. 5:20) Is Paul saying that the Law makes us want to sin more?

(Rom. 6:3-4) Is this passage describing water baptism? –or something else?

(Rom. 6:6) Does Paul really believe that we do not have a sinful nature anymore?

(Rom. 7:1-3) Why does Paul compare the Law to marriage? This illustration doesn’t seem to fit.

(Rom. 7:6) In what sense are Christians “released from the Law”?

(Rom. 7:8-13) Is Paul describing himself here, or something (or someone) else?

(Rom. 7:14-25) Is Paul describing his own personal struggle with sin?

(Rom. 8:1) Is there condemnation or not?

(Rom. 8:26-27) Does this refer to speaking in tongues?

(Rom. 8:29-30) Is this passage teaching predestination?

(Rom. 8:36) Why does Paul quote Psalm 44:22?

Romans 9: An Arminian Interpretation

(Rom. 9:3) Does Paul really want to go to hell, so that his Jewish friends could go to heaven?

(Rom. 9:5) Does this passage support the deity of Christ?

(Rom. 9:13) Does God predestine some people to hell before they are even born?

(Rom. 9:17-19) Is this passage saying that God will harden people’s hearts –to keep them from receiving Christ?

(Rom. 9:22-23) Does God create people only to damn them?

(Rom. 10:6-7) What does Paul mean, when he writes about “ascending into heaven” and “descending into the abyss”?

(Rom. 10:14) Does this verse teach that we need to hear Jesus’ name to be saved?

(Rom. 11:1-21) Why did the Jews reject Jesus, if he was their Promised Messiah?

(Rom. 11:22) Does this passage threaten the idea of eternal security?

(Rom. 12:3) Does God give us our faith—or do we produce faith?

(Rom. 12:20) What does Paul mean by “burning coals on his head”?

(Rom. 13:1-7) Are we supposed to submit to evil governments?

(Rom. 14:15) Can believers be “ruined” or “destroyed” and go to hell for eating idol-meat? (see comments on 1 Cor. 8:11)

(Rom. 15:15) If Paul had never been to Rome, then why does he say “remind you again”?

(Rom. 16) Was this chapter added to the book of Romans?

(Rom. 16:7) Was there a female apostle (Junia), or was this a contraction for a man’s name (Junias)?

1 Corinthians

Introduction to 1 Corinthians

(1 Cor. 1:1) Who was Sosthenes?

(1 Cor. 1:12) Is personal discipleship biblical?

(1 Cor. 1:18-31) Is Christianity foolish?

(1 Cor. 1:31) Why does Paul quote Jeremiah 9:23-24?

(1 Cor. 2:6-8) Who are the “rulers of this age?”

(1 Cor. 2:9) Why does Paul quote Isaiah 64:4 and 65:17?

(1 Cor. 2:14) Are non-Christians unable to understand the Bible?

(1 Cor. 2:16) Why does Paul quote Isaiah 40:13?

(1 Cor. 3:12-15) Does the Bible teach purgatory?

(1 Cor. 3:12-15) Does a “bema seat reward” contradict the concept of grace?

(1 Cor. 3:17) Will God destroy someone for smoking?

(1 Cor. 3:18) Is Christianity foolish? (cf. 1:18-31)

(1 Cor. 3:19-20) Why does Paul quote Job 5:13 and Psalm 94:11?

(1 Cor. 4:5) Can we judge people or not?

(1 Cor. 4:13) Did Paul swear?

(1 Cor. 4:21) Was Paul really going to beat them with a rod?

(1 Cor. 5:1-13) Does this passage teach excommunication from the church?

(1 Cor. 5:5) Handed over to Satan? (cf. 1 Tim. 1:20)

(1 Cor. 5:9) Is this describing a lost letter? (see comments on Joshua 10:13)?

(1 Cor. 6:9-10) Are sinners not getting into heaven?

(1 Cor. 6:13) Will we not have stomachs or food in heaven?

(1 Cor. 7:8) Is Paul against marriage?

(1 Cor. 7:9) Did Paul have a low view of marriage?

(1 Cor. 7:10-11, 15, 27-28, 39) Does Paul allow abandonment as permission for divorce and remarriage?

(1 Cor. 7:10, 12, 25) Are these portions of Scripture not inspired?

(1 Cor. 7:14) What does sanctified mean here?

(1 Cor. 8:1) Is it “arrogant” to be knowledgeable?

(1 Cor. 8:5-6) Is there one God or not?

(1 Cor. 8:11) Can believers be “ruined” or “destroyed” and go to hell for eating idol-meat?

(1 Cor. 9:9) Why does Paul cite Deuteronomy 25:4?

(1 Cor. 10:1-5) Did Paul allegorize the OT?

(1 Cor. 10:7) Why does Paul cite Exodus 32:6?

(1 Cor. 10:8) Were there 23,000 or 24,000 slain?

(1 Cor. 10:33) Was Paul a man-pleaser or not?

(1 Cor. 11:2) Should we follow traditions or not?

(1 Cor. 11:3) Does the Bible teach that men have authority over women?

(1 Cor. 11:4) Is it wrong for a man to wear a baseball cap while praying?

(1 Cor. 11:5-6) Is it wrong for a woman to have her head uncovered while praying?

(1 Cor. 11:7-9) Are women made in God’s image or man’s?

(1 Cor. 11:10) What does it mean that a woman has “authority” (exousia) on her head?

(1 Cor. 11:10) Because of the angels?

(1 Cor. 11:14) Does nature teach that long hair is wrong?

(1 Cor. 11:24-25) Does this statement support the Roman Catholic view of transubstantiation? (cf. Mt. 26:26; Mk. 14:22; Lk. 22:17-20)

(1 Cor. 11:27) Taking the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner?

(1 Cor. 11:29) Is Paul referring to transubstantiation in this passage? Or something else?

(1 Cor. 12:3) Is it impossible for a false teacher to say the phrase “Jesus is Lord”?

(1 Cor. 12:28) Are the spiritual gifts equal or not?

(1 Cor. 13:7) Should Christians believe all things?

(1 Cor. 13:8-13) Are prophecy and tongues temporary?

(1 Cor. 13:13) Why does Paul place love above faith and hope?

(1 Cor. 14:21) Why does Paul quote Isaiah 28:11?

(1 Cor. 14:22) Are tongues a sign for non-Christians?

(1 Cor. 14:34-35) Are women supposed to keep silent?

(1 Cor. 15:2) Does this passage threaten eternal security?

(1 Cor. 15:3b-5) Was this an early Christian statement of faith?

(1 Cor. 15:29) What is baptism for the dead?

(1 Cor. 15:32) Why does Paul quote Isaiah 22:13?

(1 Cor. 15:44) Will we have physical bodies or spiritual?

(1 Cor. 15:52) The last trumpet?

(1 Cor. 16:2) Do we have to meet on Sunday for church?

(1 Cor. 16:20) Should we greet each other with a holy kiss?

(1 Cor. 16:22) Is it wrong to curse people?

2 Corinthians

Introduction to 2 Corinthians

(2 Cor. 1:8) Will God give us more than we can handle or not?

(2 Cor. 2:4) What is the “sorrowful letter” (c.f. 2 Cor. 7:8)?

(2 Cor. 2:5-8) Who is this believer described here?

(2 Cor. 5:10) Will Christians be judged?

(2 Cor. 6:14) Why is it wrong to marry a non-Christian?

(2 Cor. 7:8) What is the “sorrowful letter”?

(2 Cor. 8:15) Why does Paul quote Exodus 16:18?

(2 Cor. 12:2) What is the third heaven?

(2 Cor. 12:7) What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh?

(2 Cor. 12:12) Does this passage teach that the charismatic gifts were only for the apostles?

(2 Cor. 13:12) Should we greet each other with a holy kiss?


Introduction to Galatians

(Gal. 1:1-5) Why doesn’t Paul pray in his introduction?

(Gal. 1:6-9) How can Paul desire these men to be “accursed,” when Jesus tells us to “love our enemies?”

(Gal. 1:13) Did Paul’s personality change after his conversion?

(Gal. 1:15) Does this passage support the doctrine that God predestines some people to heaven and others to hell?

(Gal. 2:1-10) Is this passage referring to the Council of Jerusalem (in Acts 15) or is it something else?

(Gal. 2:1) What did Paul do in the 14 year period before his second journey?

(Gal. 2:2, 6, 9) Why does Paul write that these men were of reputation? Is he being condescending?

(Gal. 3:8-14) Did Paul properly handle the OT?

(Gal. 3:16) Was the seed singular or plural?

(Gal. 3:17) Was Paul wrong in saying that 430 years passed between Moses and Abraham?

(Gal. 4:3) What does Paul mean by “the elemental things of the world”?

(Gal. 4:14) Isn’t it arrogant for Paul to compare himself to Christ in this way?

(Gal. 4:24) Are we allowed to interpret the OT allegorically?

(Gal. 4:27) Why does Paul quote Isaiah 54:1?

(Gal. 5:4) Does this passage teach that Christians can lose their salvation?

(Gal. 5:21) Will sinners not “inherit the kingdom of God”?

(Gal. 6:7) Does this passage teach karmic law?

(Gal. 6:16) Does the church inherit the promises of Israel?