After 12 years at Christ Church, I am about to start a new series in Romans.
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I didn't follow that advice either. Romans is exceedingly tough to preach, because, unless a preacher is Lloyd-Jones, you have to decide what you are going to leave out. It is so densely packed, I would usually come home from studying Romans in a clinically brain-dead state. The other problem is that, since the train of thought is so intricate, it is also exceedingly difficult to state the train of thought in a way is understandable by the average person. On the other hand, if a preacher waits all the way until he is 50, he might not have the physical strength to study Romans!God be with you, Fred. My pastor said he was told not to start Romans until he was at least 50. Of course, he didn't follow that advice.
Right, who is he? I google-searched the image. The first thing I came up with was "Jaw."
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This demonstrates why I asked what I did. How long before he preaches on Romans after he is done? Just imagine if you join your congregation after he went through Romans....One may be a very very old man when he gets the chance to here it expounded upon on Sunday.My minister is preaching through right now. He's doing a phenomenal job. Uses about 3-4 Sundays per chapter which is a great pace in my opinion. He's still able to get the "main" point of the section without getting bogged down into details. Sometimes it leaves me with questions which I go and research on my own or ask him in person.
Many books would take a long time to preach. I took 3 1/2 years on Matthew. It will be about the same for Ezekiel. Genesis was about 90 sermons, and Exodus about 80.If I may pose a question. When Paul wrote his letter did he intend to have it preached over such a long period of time as many of our fine pastors do? Not to say there are not many deep truths in it, but in taking so much time to preach it does it not take away from the rest of scripture?
I think it takes more skill to preach through Romans at a shorter pace than a longer one. I taught spoken English to Chinese students and one of the exercises I did was to have them make an argument in 4 minutes. Then the same argument in 2 minutes. Then 1 minute. It forced them to get out what was important.This demonstrates why I asked what I did. How long before he preaches on Romans after he is done? Just imagine if you join your congregation after he went through Romans....One may be a very very old man when he gets the chance to here it expounded upon on Sunday.
I hope you did not insinuate I meant for any to apologize. Though in saying this I take it you my only preach through the book of Romans maybe 2 times in your lifetime?Many books would take a long time to preach. I took 3 1/2 years on Matthew. It will be about the same for Ezekiel. Genesis was about 90 sermons, and Exodus about 80.
If Romans is done right, a great deal of the rest of Scripture will become clear. Romans is a mini-Bible. I don't think any preacher need apologize for taking time over it.
I admire your approach as much as a mere layman would know what to admire.I try to strike a balance between covering the material in logical portions without spending forever in a book (at the expense of other portions of Scripture). So my plan is to preach Romans in 69 sermons, which will turn out to be about 2 years with vacations, special events (e.g. a Missions Conference) and probably a brief break in the middle. I did Acts in 53, Luke in 82, and 1 Samuel in 31.
The best book on Romans in my opinion is by Octavius Winslow and it is called "No Condemnation in Christ Jesus". The entire book discusses Romans 8 line by line. Each verse is a chapter but that chapter might only be 5 to 10 pages. But it is quite incredible book. Life changing. It is public domain and found in pedia form if you Google itAfter 12 years at Christ Church, I am about to start a new series in Romans.
Great first start. As a lawnmower repair shop owner I appreciate your obedience to your Father’s way!