Roman Truths

Before I elaborate on my “Roman Truths,” please allow me to defend myselfEternal Truths Addressed to the Eternal City with the following quote of Martin Luther on the Book of Romans cited by Dr. Tom Browning on page 3 in the introduction to his series of lessons on “The Pinnacle of Christian Doctrine.”

Browning writes that Luther writes:


This epistle is really the chief part of the New Testament, and is truly the purest gospel. It is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but also that he should occupy himself with it every day, as the daily bread of the soul. We can never read it or ponder over it too much; for the more we deal with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes (Martin Luther, Lutherʹs works, vol. 35: Word and Sacrament I edited by J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald & H. T. Lehmann (Fortress Press: Philadelphia, 1960; reprinted 1999), 365).

So, in my own defense, last night I was pondering the precious and delicious letter of Paul to the Romans. In my much pondering of this book, I often attempt to come up with an original outline of the book which will the reader or Bible student remember the broad themes of this revolutionary, reforming and reviving book of Romans. I can’t help it if it came out like this!

Roman Truths

1. The Bad News (Romans 1:1–3:20)

2. The Good News (Romans 3:21-8)

3. Good News and the Jews (Romans 9-11)

4. The Good News Wearing Shoes (Romans 12-16)

Somebody help me! I’m losing control of my homiletics!!!


8 responses

  1. The secret’s out now! John has independent fundamental Baptist roots!

    Good News wearing shoes!

    Actually I think it fits. No pun intended 🙂

  2. . . . yes, I was born a poor IFB child . . .

  3. Help, help you out?

    I suggest you read the Book of Romans, it has helped me out of quite a bit!:)

  4. I love your humor John, this is great. My wife and I are currently reading through the Bible and just last week I suggested to her that when we are done we should take up the task of memorizing Romans! I love your outline:)

  5. Alan,

    Yeah, what I lack in substance I make up for with humor accompanied by links to

    Way to go on memorizing Romans!

  6. Michael,

    Where in the world have you been? I’ve been waiting for your comments for weeks or months! Decided to spend a little time staring at something other than your monitor, I suppose. Usually a pretty good choice. Hope all is going well among the brethren out on the left coast.

  7. Losing control of your homiletics? Maybe hermeneutics…(:

    Here’s a simple outline…

    Ch 1-11 (Indicative)
    Ch 12-16 (Imperative)

    Gage Browning
    Post Tenebras Lux

  8. Gage,

    Good to hear from you again, globetrotter!

    Indicative and Imperative are certainly the larger categories under which my silly outline falls. Nevertheless, as I am preparing to teach Romans 3:21-26, I thought up this outline as a simple presentation so the kids may understand the context of this passage within the book of Romans.

    So, how do you like my new digs?

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