Monday, February 13, 2012

Themes from a Letter to Rome

Over the years I have taught verse-by-verse more than thirty times through Paul's marvelous letter to the church at Rome. I'm scheduled to do this again June 11-15 at Urshan Graduate School of Theology. Every time I go through this book my spirit is refreshed and my faith is renewed.

On one of my journeys through Romans I wrote a verse-by-verse commentary to serve as a textbook for the class. That book is available under the title Living by Faith: A verse-by-verse study of Romans. After writing this commentary, I reorganized the material and released a second book on Romans titled Themes from a Letter to Rome. This book, which has been out of print for several years, has just been reissued by the Pentecostal Publishing House. It discusses the seven major topics of Paul's letter. A grasp of these themes prepares the Bible student to enjoy the riches of all Paul's other letters. The Book of Romans reveals how right standing with God is imputed to the believer's account, how the law of Moses led Israel to the Messiah, how God extends His free gift of grace, why faith can be defined as trusting God to be God, how holiness is found in separation unto God and from all else, why God will yet show His favor to national Israel, and why He now shows His favor to all people.

Themes from a Letter to Rome is available at The verse-by-verse commentary is available at