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The Book of Romans: Embracing and Living Out the Gospel of Grace

We are conditioned to think of the Gospel in terms of ‘the gospels’ of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but in my estimation, there is no statement of the Gospel more clearly and logically presented by the apostle Paul than in the Book of Romans – The Gospel of Grace. Romans is written only about 30 years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. I hope you desire to study this book as much as I do to teach it. I pray that you will never be the same for having done so.

“This Epistle is really the chief part of the New Testament and the very purest Gospel, and is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul. It can never be read or pondered too much, and the more it is dealt with the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes.” Martin Luther

This is an in-depth study of the Biblical text.

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A Life Changing Journey Cover to Cover Through The Bible

Although each book of the Bible conveys an important message, it is essential for someone to make a spiritual pilgrimage through God's entire Biblical library and examine that library in the spirit of a "Biblical bloodhound." Only when we examine the sweep of the Biblical narrative in the manner of a spiritual Sherlock Holmes do we begin to understand the radical nature of Jesus the Messiah's ministry - for then and now.

In short, those who wish God's Living Word to work in their hearts and lives must work God's written Word - unceasingly!

The Need

In his well-known book, "The Kingdom of God," Prof. John Bright writes:

"There has grown up in the Church, alongside a total neglect of the Bible, a dangerous partial use of it. As a Church, we declare that the Bible is the Word of God, and we draw no distinction between its parts. But in practice we confine our use of it almost entirely to selected sections - the Gospels and the Psalms, portions of Paul and the Prophets - and ignore the rest as if it had never been written. The result is that we not only neglect most that is valuable but, what is worse, miss the deepest meaning of the very parts we use because we lift them from their larger context."

In WORD Bible Classes you will receive

  • Instruction and downloadable hand-outs which lead you through the Bible;
  • Secure access onto the Lutheran Church Charities Web Site, where you can:
    • Interact with students across the country and around the world by posting questions and prayer requests and participating in discussions;
    • Access video and audio archives of all previous classes;
    • Access hundreds of pages of additional class handouts and resources prepared by Tim Hetzner, course instructor.

WORD Requires

  • Advance Registration
  • A $65 annual individual registration fee per year
    • $80 per couple
    • Scholarships available
  • A commitment to personal study of the text


Each class will last 90 minutes. The course is 60 sessions over two years.

Our Textbook

Our textbook for the course is The Bible. We use the Bible - an ancient text, a living text - and we try to enter it, not only to decipher it, but to penetrate it, to become part of it, similar to the way every student becomes part of a teacher's texture. We approach the Bible with fervor and passion as each page is unique. We see history in it. We see revealed truth in it. We see in it human folly as much as Divine Inspiration. Wherever you open it, any page, you know that you are in the presence of something that exists nowhere else.


Classes form on an on-going basis. Classes will also be available over the internet. You can watch online at any time through our archives (full video or audio-only stream).

Who May Attend

Everyone, regardless of church (or lack of) affiliation.


Tim Hetzner. Tim is President of Lutheran Church Charities. Tim has served in parish ministry for over 25 years and has led over 4500 adult students through the Bible. He has lead over 28 study tours to the Middle East: Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria.

WORD Pledge to Students

  • Your registration information will NOT be shared with anyone else or distributed to any other organization or ministry.
  • If you are non-Christian or not a member of a church - you WILL NOT be approached by the Host Church to join or be put on any mailing list for them UNLESS you request such. WORD host sites are safe environments to learn!
  • If you are a member of another Christian Church, you CANNOT join the Host site church while in a WORD Bible study - we DO NOT BELIEVE in "Sheep Stealing".
  • The focus of WORD Bible Studies are to guide, assist and help Adults grow in their understanding of the Bible and the God contained there in - or to put it another way - to understand the Mind, Method, Manner and Ministry of Jesus Christ.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:02