The Message of Romans: God's Good News for the World

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One of Christianity Today's 1995 Books of the Year

When Paul first penned his letter to the house churches of Rome, his purpose was to gain prayerful support for his coming mission to the western reaches of the Mediterranean world. Little did he know that for two millennia this tautly tuned exposition of the gospel would echo through church and academy, market and home. Or that it would leap great oceans to reverberate through lands and hearts beyond the farthest edges of his world.

John Stott, in this new paperback edition previously released with the title Romans, joins a chorus of distinguished voices of the church who have pondered and lived the great themes of Romans, and who have tuned our ears to hear its rich harmonies and meditate on its broad vision. In the classic tradition of great Christian leaders who have commented on Romans, Stott expounds Paul's words, themes and arguments. The power of the gospel, the righteousness of God revealed from heaven, is clearly addressed to today's men and women who have answered its summons.

Not only is Stott deeply acquainted with the text and context of Romans, he is also conversant with the most recent Pauline scholarship. Even more important, he views Romans from his own pastoral and missionary perspective, an outloook shaped in turn by the great vision of the apostle. Here is a commentary for those who live on the edge of the third millennium, a commentary spanning the two worlds of Romans—Paul's and ours.

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Editorial Reviews

Max Lucado
"This book from The Bible Speaks Today series brought me to a deeper understanding of grace. Stott's verse-by-verse explanation modeled biblical teaching for me. He gave a clear dissection of Scripture. Personally, this book helped me trust the grace of God."
Max Lucado
"This book from 'The Bible Speaks Today' series brought me to a deeper understanding of grace. Stott's verse-by-verse explanation modeled biblical teaching for me. He gave a clear dissection of Scripture. Personally, this book helped me trust the grace of God."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830812462
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Series: The Bible Speaks Today Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 508,155
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. W. Stott (1921-2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages.

Stott's best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than 60 languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.

Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen's New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.

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Table of Contents

Author's Preface
Chief Abbreviations
BibliographyPreliminary Essay
1. The Influence of the Letter
2. New Challenges to Old Traditions
3. Paul's Purposes in Writing
4. A Brief Overview of RomansIntroduction: The Gospel of God and Paul's Eagerness to Share It (1:1-17)
1. Paul and the Gospel (1:1-6)
2. Paul and the Romans (1:7-13)
3. Paul and Evangelism (1:14-17)A. The Wrath of God Against all Humankind (1:18-3:20)
4. Depraved Gentile Society (1:18-32)
5. Critical Moralizers (2:1-16)
6. Self-confident Jews (2:17-3:8)
7. The Whole Human Race (3:9-20)B. The Grace of God in the Gospel (3:21-8:39)
8. God's Righteousness Revealed and Illustrated (3:21-4:25)
9. God's People United in Christ (5:1-6:23)
10. God's Law and Christian Discipleship (7:1-25)
11. God's Spirit in God's Children (8:1-39)C. The Plan of God for Jews and Gentiles (9-11)
12. Israel's Fall: God's Purpose of Election (9:1-33)
13. Israel's Fault: God's Dismay Over Her Disobedience (10:1-21)
14. Israel's Future: God's Long-term Design (11:1-32)
15. Doxology (11:33-36)
16. A Manifesto of EvangelismD. The Will of God for Changed Relationships (12:1-15:13)
17. Our Relationship to God: Consecrated Bodies and Renewed Minds (12:1-2)
18. Our Relationship to Ourselves: Thinking Soberly about Our Gifts (12:3-8)
19. Our Relationship to One Another: Love in the Family of God (12:9-16)
20. Our Relationship to Our Enemies: Not Retaliation, But Service (12:17-21)
21. Our Relationship to the State: Conscientious Citizenship (13:1-7)
22. Our Relationship to the Law: Neighbour-love As Its Fulfillment (13:8-10)
23. Our Relationship to the Day: Living in the 'Already' and the 'Not Yet' (13:11-14)
24. Our Relationship to the Weak: Welcoming, and Not Despising, Judging or Offending Them (14:1-15:13)Conclusion: The Providence of God in the Ministry of Paul (15:14-16:27)
25. His Apostolic Service (15:14-22)
26. His Travel Plans (15:23-33)
27. His Commendation and Greetings (16:1-16)
28. His Warnings, Messages and Doxology (16:17-27)
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