Paul's epistle to the Romans has been influential at critical moments in church history:
The conversion of Augustine in the early church
Influencing Martin Luther and John Calvin during the Protestant Reformation
Changing the lives of George Whitfield and John Wesley in the evangelical revival of the eighteenth century.
But it is not only those who have become leaders in the church who have been affected by the book of Romans; ordinary Christians have lived transformed lives as a result - up to the present day. One reason is because in Romans, Paul clearly sets out a theological framework for us to understand the Christian faith. It is a comprehensive description of the way that God offers salvation to humankind - and it is 'Good News'.
R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He has written more than sixty books. Dr. Sproul was professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale until 2004 and, before that, taught at Reformed Theological Seminary. He serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel, Sanford, Florida, and teaches on the national daily radio program Renewing Your Mind.
"It was no accident that the Reformers, Luther and Calvin, each wrote the first two of their many Bible commentaries on Romans and the Psalms. The Church today evidences its great need of massive doses of the truths of Romans. R C Sproul and Christian Focus have done us a great favour in making the content of Romans more available to a wider audience. You will find this book a great tonic for your soul." - David Cook ~ Principal, Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Sydney, Australia
"I don't know of another single resource on Paul's epistle to the Romans that is more useful for pastors or for general audiences. I used The Gospel Of God extensively when preparing for my year-long sermon series on Romans. Own it. Read it. Return to it often." - Daniel Montgomery ~ Senior Pastor, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky
"Sproul has given the reader an excellent, easy to read, six-page summary of the epistle that whets the appetite to read on... This book reflects Sproul's gift of making the Bible easier to understand for laymen and teachers." - Equip for Ministry ~ Magazine for the Presbyterian Church of America