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Paul's letter to the Romans has for two thousand years been a touchstone for all who want to understand the power of the gospel and the righteousness of God revealed from heaven. The truth in Romans transforms our thinking and convicts our hearts as we discover the power of the gospel for every area of our life and our world.
In this volume, the first half of John Stott's The Message of Romans is offered in brief readings suitable for daily use which take us passage by passage through the Scripture text. Including ten weekly studies for individuals or groups, this book covering Romans 1–8 allows readers to enjoy the riches of Stott's writings in a new, easy-to-use format. The remainder of Romans is presented in the companion to this volume.
John Stott was one of the most beloved and masterful Bible teachers of the last fifty years. His books have sold in the millions. Christians on every continent have heard and read his instructive and inspiring expositions of Scripture. The books in the Reading the Bible with John Stott series offer the essential message of Stott's teaching, largely drawn from his Bible Speaks Today volumes, and present it in a format suitable for daily reading. Questions at the end of each section make these books even more useful for individuals or groups.
"Nothing would have been more important to John Stott than to get the words of the title in the right order. We are reading the Bible with John Stott, not just reading John Stott on the Bible. For in his preaching as in his writing, John Stott's greatest gift was to help people see and hear clearly what the Bible itself actually says, and then, of course, to challenge us as to how we should respond to what we see and hear. Not all of us possess the complete works of John Stott. But we do possess the complete Bible. These sensitively edited extracts from Stott's writings will not only introduce new readers to the riches of his biblical exposition (and make them hungry for more), but will surely also introduce them to riches of God's word they had not seen before."
"No one I have known has loved, preached, taught and lived the Bible any more than John Stott. He often quoted Spurgeon's comment that we should seek for our very blood to become 'Bibline'; so seriously should we soak in Scripture in order to know and live it. This new series will give us daily help in just such living."
"A pastor once said he would crawl five hundred miles to hear John Stott preach, and this book shows you why. John Stott explains the Scriptures with a brilliant mind, a pastor?s heart, and a soul gripped by the beauty, glory and love of Jesus."
"Not many Bible commentaries are able both to withstand the academy's expectations and to slake the laity's thirst; Stott's insightful volumes are a rare exception. And with the devotional abridgment of Reading Romans with John Stott, even more thirsty souls will find trustworthy, rigorous refreshment through careful study of God's word. Ordinary Christians who want to understand the main points of Romans will be well served by this book."
How to Read the Bible with John Stott
1. Gospel Power: Romans 1:1-17
2. A Downward Spiral: Romans 1:18-32
3. God's Fairness: Romans 2:1—3:8
4. Unholy Togetherness: Romans 3:9-26
5. Forgive Us Our Debts: Romans 3:27—4:25
6. Peace With God: Romans 5:1-21
7. United to Christ and Enslaved to God: Romans 6:1-23
8. Battling Sin: Romans 7:1-25
9. Rescued by God's Spirit: Romans 8:1-17
10. Present Pain, Future Glory: Romans 8:18-39
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