Seriously, Romans does stand out as the clearest teaching in all the Bible of systematic theology. St. Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, teaches us in these pages everything we need to know about what the Christian faith is and how it is lived. There is little question why Luther was bonkers about this book. Here is a little taste of what he had to say about it:
This epistle is really the chief part of the New Testament, and is truly the purest gospel. It is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but also that he should occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul. We can never read it or ponder over it too much; for the more we deal with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes . . .You think Luther liked this book? The "chief part of the New Testament," the "purest gospel," and "every Christian should know it by heart" - yeah, I'd say he was a fan! :)
Can't wait for the study. And, we'll get to use our new TLSB's, too (thanks to another generous donation, we were able to purchase another case of TLSB hardbacks, which arrived yesterday - that gives us 20 copies to grace our bookshelf in the Adult Bible Study room - how cool is that?).