Dr. Roy Price has many years of experience pastoring in the C&MA. Many of us have known him for years, and have benefited from his knowledge and wisdom. A favorite preaching topic of his over the years has been the book of Romans. Now he has written a compilation of those messages in a format that can be well-used as a study guide for small groups, or even an up-to-date practical commentary for today's preachers. If you're going to be studying the book of Romans, Roy's book is a must-have. Thank you Roy for being a great example of how God continues to use us over the long haul!
Why did you decide to write this book?
There are several Bible books that intimidate a preacher. I’m thinking of Ezekiel and his visions of wheels and bones coming alive. Or Revelation, with its vials, bowls and trumpets; a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns with the names of “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots, and of the Abominations of the earth inscribed on her forehead. Jeremiah and Isaiah can be intimidating simply by their sheer lengths!
I have preached from these books as well, even going through Revelation and Isaiah. Each of the above are weighted with principles and applications for the 21st century believer. I’ve been preaching for over 60 years and the task is challenging and rewarding. To me, it's the pastor’s most important task.
Why did you choose the book of Romans?
For years I hesitated to tackle Romans. Paul’s theological letter is a core document and I did not want to do it an injustice. I was in Paradise, CA when I decided to give it a whirl. However, I left the church before I had finished the practical section.
Then toward the end of my time at Monte Vista Chapel in Turlock, CA, I decided to revisit what I had done and finish the series. Forty-three sermons later, I finally completed my objective.
Romans defines justification and vigorously repudiates works-righteousness. It clarifies the reality of sanctification struggles and victories. Paul’s love for his people and the sovereignty of God are dramatically expressed. He completes his letter with discussions about the practice of living out our faith in a hostile world.
How did you decide on the book title?
I found the theme, “do I have to be good to go to heaven,” a fitting hinge to provide a cohesive discussion of the letter. Plaguing the seeker is the idea of crossing some threshold of moral or ethical goodness as the chip on the card to open the gate of heaven.
On the other side, the works idea in Christian living has confused sanctification. Paul effectively clarifies that goodness in qualifying for heaven is not in following a religious practice or moral code, but is Jesus’ righteousness the sinner submits to in faith.
What do you hope readers take away from this book?
The power for righteous living is also Jesus living through the surrendered life. We do have to be good. It’s not our goodness but His. This is what I attempted to communicate to my listeners and now to my readers.
This is not a commentary. However, before each chapter I include a brief excerpt from another writer addressing the subject of the section I am handling. This is a pastor seeking to be true to the text and to apply it in a specific social and cultural setting. The 43 sermon book is 456 pages.
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