- Hardcover: 520 pages
- Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433506858
- ISBN-13: 978-1433506857
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- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
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“The St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series will be welcomed throughout the world. It promises to have all of Sproul’s hallmarks: clarity and liveliness, humor and pathos, always expressed in application to the mind, will, and affections. Sproul’s ability to focus on the big picture, his genius of never saying too much, leaving his hearers satisfied yet wanting more, never making the Word dull, are all present in these expositions. May they nourish God’s people well and serve as models of the kind of ministry for which we continue to hunger.”
—Sinclair B. Ferguson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas
“Sproul, well-known as a master theologian and extraordinary communicator, now shows that he is a powerful, insightful, helpful expository preacher. This collection of sermons is of great value for churches and Christians everywhere.”
—W. Robert Godfrey, President and Professor of Church History, Westminster Seminary California
“Sproul is a legend in our time. His preaching has held us in awe for half a century, and these pages represent the fruit of his latest exposition, coming as they do at the very peak of his abilities and insights. I am ecstatic at the prospect of reading the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series. It represents Reformed theology on fire, delivered from a pastor’s heart in a vibrant congregation of our time. Essential reading.”
—Derek W. H. Thomas, John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Minister of Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS
“Since stepping into the pulpit of St. Andrew’s and committing himself to the weekly discipline of biblical exposition, this noted preacher has demonstrated a rare ability to explicate and apply God’s Word. I wholeheartedly recommend the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series to all who long to know the truth better and experience it more deeply in a life-changing fashion. Here is an indispensable tool for digging deeper into God’s Word. This is a must-read for every Christian.”
—Steven J. Lawson, Director of Doctor of Ministry Program and Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; President and Founder, OnePassion Ministries; author, The Kind of Preaching God Blesses
“How exciting! Thousands of us have long been indebted to Sproul the teacher, and now, through the St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series, we are indebted to Sproul the preacher, whose sermons are thoroughly biblical, soundly doctrinal, warmly practical, and wonderfully readable. This series of volumes is an absolute must for every Reformed preacher and church member who yearns to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ Jesus. Tolle lege, and buy these volumes for your friends.”
—Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"John Wesley once said of a colleague that Scripture so thoroughly pulsed through his spiritual veins that he 'bled Bibline.' The same could be said without exaggeration of R. C. Sproul. More specifically, one could easily say that he 'bleeds Pauline.' The theology of the Apostle to the Gentiles courses through Dr. Sproul's veins in all of his work. Therefore, it is a special privilege to be able to read his sermons on Paul's Letter to the Romans. Romans has turned the world upside down for two millennia. Not only did it lead to Augustine's conversion; it was a primary source for his defense of the gospel against Pelagius. This epistle was the catalyst for the Reformation and shaped the minds and hearts of many leaders of the modern missionary movement. Romans continues its revolution to the present day and each of R. C. Sproul's expositions reminds us why. Read this book and, by God's grace, you'll never be the same."
—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story
About the Author
R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.
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While I'm fine with the existence of such a work, and it could even be valuable, it wasn't what I was looking for when I bought the book. I realized that Sproul had gone over the top when he rhapsodized about the tulip being the most beautiful or noble, or at least some superlative, of all the flowers. I'm sure that the comment was tongue-in-cheek, but it epitomized the work: it was about the preeminence of Calvin's TULIP, not about Paul's epistle to the Roman Church. (For those not in the know, TULIP is an mnemonic acronym for five central points of Calvinist/Reformed theology.)
This is not to say that there was no value to the book. I came away with a greater understanding of Calvinist doctrines on election in particular, and the surrounding and supporting theology. However, that was not what I got the book for. When Sproul wasn't performing apologetics for Reformed theology, there was some good unpacking of Romans, as well. But when the tulips sprouted, those were all you could see.
In short, while the book was well-written, it didn't live up to what it claimed to be, in the end.
I have listened to thousands of Sproul’s radio programs and podcasts, so I had heard quite a bit of the same thoughts before, but there were some new thoughts and new presentations. Everything is consistent with Sproul’s other works, so it is thoroughly Reformed. Paul presents the doctrines on the sinful nature of man, God’s justice, God’s mercy, God’s grace, God’s election, and regeneration, and Sproul deals with these without flinching. Man starts out with an inability to seek God or to trust in Jesus for salvation. God chose, before the foundation of the world, whom he will save, before they did anything good or bad. God regenerates those people, taking their heart of stone and giving them a heart of flesh and the ability and inclination to trust in the Gospel.
Sproul is a master at taking complex, difficult topics and making them understandable, and this book is no exception. After reading Sproul’s explanation of a topic, you still might not grasp it completely, but you will grasp it far better than you did before.
My favorite part of the book is the explanation of Romans Chapter 6, where Paul explains that we were once slaves of sin, but now we are slaves of righteousness.
I bought this book for $8.95 on my Kindel and it was worth so much more! Buy it today!