This creative interactive workbook explores the storyline of the Bible through the lens of Romans. To put it another way, it probes the “back story” of Romans, that is, the story of redemption that lies beneath the surface of Paul’s grand epistle and comes peeking out throughout his exposition. This new and unique way to study Romans adds richness and texture to Paul’s grand epistle—and creates a new appreciation for the beauty of biblical redemption.
This book is a unique and captivating contribution to the literature on Romans! It helps a reader trace the narrative that is inherent in Romans, the story of God’s redemptive work in human history. In doing so, it integrates Romans into the story of the whole Bible using a series of well-designed, interactive questions to focus on the content of Romans and our response to it. Highly recommended for college or seminary classes or individual or group Bible study.
—Buist Fanning, Ph.D., Department Chair and Senior Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
This is an invaluable resource for individuals or groups to study the text of Romans in the light of the biblical theological theme of God’s redemptive plan of history. Kenneth Berding is a highly gifted scholar-pastor, who blends his scholarly understanding of Romans with his pastoral care of his readers as they walk through this rich study. Through ten carefully constructed lessons he provides oversights of the plan of redemption throughout Scripture and then skillfully guides the reader with thought-provoking questions that lead to profound insights from the book of Romans. He escorts the reader with kind and gentle encouragement to think for oneself and to allow the Spirit of God to make application to one’s life. This is a highly recommended new study that pastors and Bible study leaders can use profitably as a resource that promises rich rewards for their people.
—Michael J. Wilkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Berding has created an outstanding volume because it forces the reader to do two critical things: to place Paul’s letter within the flow of redemptive history and to engage the text of Romans itself. This produces at least two happy results, the first of which is that the message of Romans is the constant focus, since it is set within the history of redemption rather than one’s own personal, subjective experience. The second of which is to curtail the tendency toward atomistic exegesis. In short, Paul and the biblical message are central and controlling, not one’s twenty-first century existence. I am heartened by such a clear-headed approach. I recommend it highly.
—Jay E. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
Kenneth Berding is professor of New Testament studies at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Before coming to Biola, he was a church planter in the Middle East. An overseer at Redemption Hill Church, he has a heart for God and ministry and has written many worship songs.