If you're starting the new year with good intentions for enhanced engagement with scripture, you don't have to wait for a Lenten book study.
The Good Book Club is offering a free program in which participants will read through the book of Romans in the company of many across the Anglican communion. It is headed by the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, and you can view his encouraging introduction below.
Forward Movement has divided up Romans into 50 daily readings, and will email resources to participants each week, such as this introduction to the book of Romans. A number of other partners will offer optional reflections or resources, including an inexpensive online course on Romans offered by ChurchNext.
The Good Book Club launched last year and read through Luke and Acts together during Lent and Easter. This year, tens of thousands of people will read through Romans beginning on January 7 and continuing until Shrove Tuesday. According to the website, "Romans shares Paul’s attempt to explain how this new expression of faith is rooted in Judaism but is available to all of humanity. As Paul writes to the new community of Christians in Rome, he explores the concepts of salvation, the power of God, and grace. Many biblical scholars consider Romans to be Paul’s most important theological treatise. While Romans is not always easy reading, this sixth book of the New Testament articulates what it means to be a disciple of Christ and how that translates into daily life—lessons to inform and inspire followers of Christ from the beginning to the 21st century."
To learn more about the Good Book Club and to sign up to read through Romans, please click here.