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.
1. The Influence of the Letter
2. New Challenges to Old Traditions
3. Paul's Purposes in Writing
4. A Brief Overview of Romans
Introduction: 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 Evangelism
D. 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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